Sunday, July 5, 2009
This little guy.
A few weeks ago, one of my little bantam hens went broody. That means she decided she wanted to hatch some chicks, so she stayed on the eggs in the nest all day...and all night.
After a few days of larger hens running her off whenever they wanted to lay in that nest, she gave up. My bad - I think if we get in this situation again I'll put her in a separate section of the henhouse where they can't bother her. I'm still learning all this!
When I went out and no one was on the eggs, they were still warm. I put them in the incubator, just to see what would happen. Later that day, I also added two more freshly laid eggs.
So far, we have this little guy. We may get more chicks over the course of the next few days, and we may not. We have our fingers crossed. Meanwhile, he is doing great. Apologies for the weird camera angles, but I was trying to photograph into a box and around the light fixture. He's cute at any angle, though!
He was eating pine shavings, so I put some food and water in for him.
He's yellow, with a little bit of red tinge on his 'fuzz'. We've since moved him to the brooder in the henhouse where he is happily eating and drinking with plenty of space to roam.
I'm pretty sure it's a he, because every time I put my hand in to add food or water, I get pecked - even young roosters can be aggressive. Then again, maybe the little chick is just trying to get me to bring in a friend!
Hopefully we'll have more in the next day or two - I'll keep you posted!