Wednesday, February 23, 2011
The babies are here! So, exciting. Monday morning, I saw two eggs were being pipped. When I got home from work, I pushed mamma's chest back and saw there were two chicks and one more egg was pipped. Unfortunately, I had to drive to San Diego yesterday(Tuesday) and didn't get back until right after dark. But, I checked under mamma again and there were 4 baby chicks! As of last night, that makes 4 hatched and 3 unhatched. I'm not sure if the other 3 are going to hatch but I will know soon. If not, 4 is great! I was very worried last night cause it didn't appear that anyone ate or drank anything. (I'm a worry wart) I went online to my chicken forum at backyardchickens.com and was told that newly hatched babies can go 60 hours without food or drink and not to worry and that mamma will take them out when ready! Whew, relief. So, away we go! They are sooooo adorable! Little orangey-red fluffy things. They are Rhode Island Reds since Jack is a RIR and I only put the larger brown eggs under her that are from the RIR hens. More to come later but wanted to get this out! I'll be going out soon when it warms up a bit this morning.