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Friday, November 10, 2006

Where should we feed the cat this time?

Yesterday morning, I was out feeding the animals and peeked in on Mother Hen. I saw the tip of a beak sticking out from under her wing. I was very excited, but didn't bother them because I had to go into the city.

Once I got back home though, I ran out to the barn to see what type of chick I had this time. I was surprised to find 2 hatchlings! One out of a brown egg, one out of a green {Mother hen pushed a bannie egg away from her, dead egg} How exciting!
Here is Mother Hen and her new chicks. She is trying to herd them away from me, which is a good sign. We had worried that they might not be eating or drinking, but it looks like that not only is she a good sitter, but a good mother as well.
She is still sitting on a couple of eggs. She herded the chicks away from me, then tried to gather the eggs back under her in the new spot.

Now that we {or actually Mother Hen} have successfully hatched out eggs, now let's see if we can get them to reach maturity.

The weather is still wacky. The high today will be 30 degrees less than yesterday. This hasn't been an Indian summer, at least we don't consider it that because of the freeze we had to deal with. This is a late ending swing season, we have to be on the look out for massive storms.

We also got our propane tank filled. $1.85 US a gallon. Much better than last year at this time, $1.99 US a gallon. We ordered a full tank, which turned out to be almost 400 gallons. That should last us 6 months, longer if it stays this warm.


Billy said...

Congratulations on your chicks!!! I hope they mature into some great big chickens for you. Will you eventually eat them? I have never eaten a home-grown chicken before. I am sure it is much better than the stuff bought in the store.

Anonymous said...

I hope these will make it!

ollie1976 said...

congrats on the adorable chicks.

Pamela said...

Yay!! for chicks. Congrats on that.
DH filled his garage propane and it came to over 600 hundred dollars. I was shocked. They wouldn't just give us a half fill anyway.
Can't wait to follow the progress of your chicks!

Anonymous said...

There is nothing like newborn babies! As you probably know, we raise sheep and so when it is lambing season it is always such a wonderful feeling to see the newness of life. Keep us posted on the babies.


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