I know you’ve all had days when your plans went out the window because something happened that you hadn’t planned on. I had one of those days today – besides going to the dentist this morning and choir practice tonight. Becky came this afternoon to help me move some things which helped me a lot!
https://www.country-threads-chicken-scratch.comBefore I went to the dentist this morning, I went down to the barn and immediately heard baby chicks peeping. I’ve been watching one hen who was sitting on 4 eggs above my head in the barn supports. Sure enough she was on the floor, all fluffed out and calling to a chick who was still 8’ above her head. I got the ladder and found only one chick so I grabbed it and gave it to mom who was ever so happy to have her babe. When a hen is setting, she rarely gets off the eggs to eat or drink for 3 weeks so the first thing I did was get water for her. She was very thirsty.
So there were 3 eggs remaining which I got down. If she got off the nest,she must be “done” so I took the 3eggs outside and broke them on cement. The first two were not fertile but the 3rd egg had a fully formed baby chick inside which was dead. She got off the nest too soon!
As I was taking water to the goats, I heard more peeping! There has been a first time mama on a nest under the goat ramp. Holy Smokes – look at this!
I THINK she has 12 chicks! I’ve never had that many chicks with one mama! And the weather will be cold soon – just what I needed! So once again with the water and feed which had to be placed under the ramp so the goats don’t tip the water over or eat the corn – if they’re that close, they’ll step on some babies for sure. Here’s another picture.
I had Becky hold one so you could see how tiny they are – about the size of a cotton ball in a variety of colors!
So while I was taking pictures of chicks, here’s the mom with five and they’re almost as big as she is now.
And then there’s the two chicks that hatched in the pampas grass – one big and one little who doesn’t walk well. I’m betting the bigger of the two is a rooster and I can’t believe the little one is still alive – that mama leads them all over the yard many times a day.
After the chores I had time to check the blog and found almost 300 comments to read before I start the next book review. I’m going to start reading comments now but just don’t have the energy to write the book reviews tonight. It’s been just another day on the farm. Thanks for understanding – I’ll talk to you in the morning. Oh, and yes, I got a picture of the gosling, too, on Rick’s phone.