I keep my cousin’s brooder in my office now. It takes up a great deal of space. I don’t mind. I watch my infant chickens with a sense of awe and gratitude. I will take care of them and protect them–and they will give back to me one hundred-fold.
Just a few days ago, I could rest my head against the top of the incubator and hear their distant-sounding pecks inside their shells.
It’s difficult to imagine how such a miracle occurs inside that shell, or how they ever fit in there.
I asked them what it was like in there, how they came to be, and what God was like.
The total on my little flock looks to be 12. After the overheating disaster with the first dozen eggs, only Lucky survived. Out of the second batch of 30 eggs, 12 hatched. (I’ll update today if there are any unexpected late hatchings!) Out of that 12 from the second batch, one died late last night shortly after hatching. It seemed to have had an easy hatching, so I was caught by surprise. (Sadness!) All the rest seem healthy and happy. I’ve got them divided up in two boxes right now, but will have to make new arrangements soon as they are growing quickly. And while they’re not so active the first day, they sure get rowdy after that!
See hatch days one and two if you missed the action!
I have to confess that I helped one baby out of its shell. I know, I know, you’re not supposed to do that! But this poor baby had its head all the way out of its shell for so long. How could it peck out like that? It had its head stuck out! It got to looking so weary, I thought–if it’s going to die, I might as well try to help it. So I helped. And out it came.
It seems to be doing well now, running around like all the others. Maybe it didn’t even need my help. It’s so hard not to help when they look like they’re in trouble! (And the one that really was in trouble never showed any sign of it!)
This photo just cracks me up. That same little baby, soon after it hatched, on its back, kinda like a bug that can’t turn over. (I helped it again.)
I can see already that chickens are going to be a lot of fun. And my chicken adventure has just begun!
I have chickens! I spent most of my growing up years in a suburb of Washington, D.C. My neighbors in Silver Spring, Maryland didn’t have chickens. Chickens were something you saw in a children’s book or on Green Acres. Real people didn’t have chickens. I write romance novels. Some people think that’s exciting. (It’s not,... Read More
Lucky reads all of your comments. He says thank you! Today is Day 23 for the second batch. Lucky hatched on Day 23, the sole survivor from the ill-fated first batch, and with my incubator at 100-degrees, that’s about right. I think today is the day for the second batch! I’ll be updating throughout the... Read More
The lonely chick. But Lucky’s such a good boy. An angel! He keeps busy. He reads the comics. He eats his food. See his regal profile? What a chicken he will be! Well, maybe we’ll have to do something about that hair….. The other eggs defy me. Thinking back to what I’ve read, if you... Read More