Friday, June 29, 2012

So far so good with two moms and chicks

Three chicks hatched yesterday -- there was one egg that never had developed. The two hens seem to be sharing duties with no problems so far. They sit together with the chicks and both are showing them where the food is today. 

In the photo below, Fancypants has her self all fluffed out so the chicks can come under and rest. 

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Two mamas keeping eachother company

We've sure ended up with a broody bunch of chickens. Maryanne (on the right) was sitting on a nest, then Fancypants started stealing eggs into the nest on the left and started sitting too. I'd love witness a chicken moving an egg out of one box into another one. The golf balls (fake eggs) keep ending up in different places too. Anyhow, now they each have two eggs  -- they're due to hatch in a few days. I'm not sure if they'll all make it since I noticed a couple got cold when they were being moved around.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Easter Eggs

The 2 hens we bought this week are Easter Eggers -- chickens that carry the blue egg gene. So they may lay blue or green eggs -- we'll see. They could also come out brown, pink, or white.The breeder gave us a few of the coloured eggs to put under one of our chickens just for fun. Maybe they'll hatch.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Two pullets purchased today

Being a little sad that we are down to three hens, we started watching for ads this week. This afternoon we bought two pullets -- juvenile females who should start laying eggs in a couple months. We gave them a dustbath and tonight they are sleeping in a separate cage til we transition them to the coop.