Thursday, June 16, 2011

A growing family

For those of you who guessed incubator yesterday, you are right on the money! The other day, Paul brought it home from a friend's house who had it set up for us since we lost so many chickens a few weeks ago to some kind of animal or another. We're down to two roosters and 5 hens (which is STILL plenty for our family of 5), but.....**shrug**.....guess Paul wanted more. As to what kind are being hatched....not really sure because our friend has a variety, as do we, but all will be egg-layers (or I suppose roosters, too) :0)

He stored it down in my quilting room; quiet, dark (when I'm not down there), regulated temperature since there aren't any windows. And ALLLLLL day yesterday, Caitlyn and I heard the teasing "chirp-chirps." We'd peek EVERYTIME to no avail....

These lil' buggers were on my mind all night, too, because I had a dream that they all hatched.....at ONCE...and it was utter chaos!

So, the alarm just sounded at 5:00, and the first thing I did was throw on some pants and run down to check.

Sure enough....

The first chick has hatched; still slightly wet. It kinda makes you fill all giddy and goofy looking at this little thing teeter-tottering on its new legs....."Weebles wobble but they don't fall down." :D

6 comments:

Miss 376 said...

What a great experience for the girls. i remember doing this at school, when I was 5 or 6

Amanda said...

Aw! How sweet! I remember that one of the teachers at school had an incubator once but didn't turn the eggs frequently enough and all the chicks were deformed.

Quilter Kathy said...

Very exciting! Now what do you do with them? Do they stay in this box?

Alycia said...

How fun!!! You have that mom insticnt - and can predict whats gonna happen!

Infinity Quilter/Knitter said...

Congrats on the additions to the family. Do you have a house for them? You might want to lock them up at night. We've got a lot of coyotes in our area (and there probably just as bad up by you) and owls also could take them out, not to mention raccoons.

Ann Marie said...

How cool is that!!! Maybe someday I will have some chickens, hen, roosters, egg layers, what ever they are all called. My friend has a bunch at her house, sometimes she gets no eggs, and other times a couple dozen of eggs per week.