Hens and Chicks

9 Jun

No, not hen parties and weddings, but the real thing!

We currently have three broody hens sitting on eggs.  One of them was a hen that we couldn´t find for ages.  I suspected the worst.  The one day we saw her popping out from under the water deposit – she had made herself her own little nest!  I was convinced they weren´t going to hatch as we weren´t sure if they were fertilised eggs, and even how fresh they were.

I went down this morning to check on the ladies and look what I found!

Mother to be in her nest under the water tank

One chick at least is hatching.

What a struggle it must be!

She´s sitting on 4 or 5 eggs, I can´t be sure.

A first glimpse of the world...

She´s a very calm hen and let me look at what was happening. The eggs went straight back under her, don´t worry!

We have more due on Saturday and then another batch later next week.  Will keep you posted!

 
 
 
 
 

 

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12 Responses to “Hens and Chicks”

  1. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide June 9, 2011 at 11:55 #

    That’s pretty high on the cute meter. But I’m glad mama hen didn’t do you bodily harm.:)

    • chicaandaluza June 9, 2011 at 14:02 #

      Luckily mama hen is a very gentle little lady. Even though I´ve seen quite a few chicks being born over the last few years, it still makes me really excited. A tiny little miracle in an eggshell!

  2. chaiselongue1 June 9, 2011 at 17:48 #

    How exciting! As you say, it’s a tiny miracle.

  3. JamieAnne June 10, 2011 at 01:25 #

    Wow. Great pictures. I’d love to have chickens, but I’m a suburban gal.

    • chicaandaluza June 10, 2011 at 06:14 #

      I always dreamt of keeping chickens and then one day the dream came true! I´m an easy girl to please…!

  4. thecompletecookbook June 10, 2011 at 04:55 #

    How very exciting and so cool that you could get pictures! It’s amazing how the chicks fit all squished up in their little shells. Looking forward to an update.
    Have a happy weekend.
    🙂 Mandy

    • chicaandaluza June 10, 2011 at 06:16 #

      Not sure if any more were born yesterday – didn´t look like it, but we have another “mama” due tomorrow. Progress reports to follow. I am feeling like a chicken midwife this weekend, it´s fun!

  5. thefooddoctor June 10, 2011 at 18:53 #

    That is so cute and inspiring..little miracles indeed 🙂

  6. Olga SE June 18, 2011 at 16:49 #

    How wonderful! I’ve never seen chicken hatch. Thanks for showing, Tanya! 😀

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