What baby chicks?
One of my hens went broody a few weeks ago, so I purchased eight fertile eggs from a breeder in the area. Enough to fit underneath a bantam comfortably. The new chicks are standard size Gold-Lace Wyandottes. Something different and much bigger than my bantams will be. Here we are all having a sticky-beak at the new arrivals.
I wonder if mummy chook despised the intrusion, but it's not every day we got to witness new babies coming into the world.
The first one we saw emerge from underneath.
Then there were two!!
Five little fluffy bundles to date. I have taken them away from poor mum, as we have mice or rats tunnelling underneath the coop at night. It's not uncommon for babies to be taken by rodents, so I didn't want to take the chance. Our dedicated pekin is still sitting on the three remaining eggs though, and I've noticed one has already started pipping.
What is the famous saying though...don't count your chickens before they hatch?