Like clockwork, the eggs in the incubator hatched out on day 21 (first day in incubator being day 0 as they warm up). Which just happened to be the 21st, Luke and I's anniversary. So we got video feeds sent to my phone throughout our meal on our date night and the boys got to stay up watching until 9:30p. :D I was really glad we had a successful hatch because the air cells inside the eggs were jostled and kind of misshapen which is a liablity. They are the cutest little fluff balls. :D Adrian has been calling his little chick Buddy and I kind of think it's a boy already since it seems more.... boisterous. We'll see.
chick is still drying off and fluffing up, so we are in the humid bathroom with the shower on in these pictures. :)
I've read that a hen may accept chicks if placed in the coop at night when they don't know what's going on. I had a problem with that program though because our other hen is very dominant and actually took the hen that is broody under her wing when she was a little chick...so I had concerns that they would fight over the chicks or no one would want them and they would get cold overnight...one of the two. I simply wasn't okay tossing them in there while the hens slept hoping for the best. So in light of what I thought was best, I introduced them all wrong the first time. I placed the chick right in front of the hen in broad daylight while she was still sitting on her eggs. Dumb. She lightly pecked at it.
Du...it wasn't hers and she had eggs to deal with and protect. I put the chick back in the brooder with the warming light and thought we would just wait to add them in when they were stronger and didn't need a brooding hen for warmth. The other chick hatched later and was still in the humid incubator at this point.
dominant auntie hen Goldie
This morning, everyone is happy and the chicks are looking fluffier than ever despite the fact it's raining buckets and stormed all night. The boys want to hold the chicks, but the hen lightly pecks at little hands reaching for them which is a good sign. There must have been a deal made between the two hens this morning too, because fluffy is in the second best nesting box and out of the box she has not budged from for two months. Goldie likes that box best too for laying eggs, so I'm assuming there was a negotiation session held this morning at dawn about Goldie getting the best box for dealing with cheeping chicks next door. ;)
We have vacation soon and I'm happy they have a dedicated mama so I don't have to play the part for them and clean up after them in the house. And Fluffy finally gets to be a mommy after all the sitting and waiting. :) All involved are pleased as punch.
Noah's design for a bigger coop :)
First stages of clearing bushes and putting in the base frame for the expanded coop. I'm reminded how much I dislike those meters...we'll see about someone blocking the view of those...I think the egg boxes will actually.
Just because it's cute. ;)