Lots of babies!
The eggs were due to hatch on Saturday. By Friday evening, we could hear some faint peeping & a few of the eggs were wiggling a bit. The kids & I were so excited!
Early Saturday morning, Piper woke me with a whisper, “Mom, can we check the eggs?” We hurried downstairs to see this:
The first pip. He popped out about an hour later. And throughout the day, seventeen of his brothers & sister followed.
Some pictures of our hatch:
By the end of the day, four eggs had not hatched. We removed the chicks to the brooder & left the eggs in the incubator for another night. But they did not hatch.
The chicks lived in the closet for a week, before being evicted to the shed outside (chicks make dust, so much dust).
Now we have way too many chicks. I never expected so many to make it, oops! We only want six hens out of this batch. We are giving six chicks away soon & keeping twelve until we can sex them. Hope we don’t end up with a bunch of roosters. Speaking of roosters, Boss has served us well. Unfortunately, his work is done & his days are numbered.
We began with twenty-five eggs. Three appeared to be infertile & never developed at all. Of the twenty-two fertile eggs, eighteen hatched & lived. I hereby declare our first attempt at making chickens…a total success! We will never buy chicks again.
I was disappointed that not even one of our hens would go broody (By the way, almost everyone I know with chickens has a broody hen right now. Go figure.) but it actually turned out for the better because incubating our eggs was a super fun project for our family. Watching the hatch was such a delight!