You May Now Call Me a Mother Hen

two chicks

Apparently our little chickies are operating on a different calendar than me. Based on when we put the eggs into the incubator, they should have hatched last Thursday. Allowing for 2 days beyond that, Saturday was the last day that we could consider them viable and expect any babies.

I had completely given up and was even checking to see if we could buy more eggs when a chip popped off of one of them. A very very tiny chip. We watched and waited all day. The crack got bigger and by night we could see someone pushing and hear him peeping, but he was still in the egg. Definition of helpless: staring at a chicken egg knowing that you can’t touch it or help in any way even when you want to do so.

When we got home from church yesterday, he was out! Note to readers: I’ll probably call them all “him” because that’s more comfortable than “it” or switching back and forth to “her”. We won’t know their sex for a long time, so I’m going for convenience.

Anyhow. He was cheeping and peeping and knocking the other eggs around. 2 more had pipped during the night, and one had made great progress. We knew that one more push would do it, so the younger boys sat right there and watched. All of a sudden another egg started rocking wildly, cracked, and out popped a chick. Within 5 minutes the other two were out and we had 4 babies. It was very exciting!

While they were drying out, another egg pipped and started making noise. Progress was slow again but he hatched about an hour ago and is resting. Sort of. I’ll tell you about newborn chicks and resting later…they can be hilarious! So now he’s resting and making noise and egg number 6 has pipped.

The first four have been moved out to the crib. 3 of them look moderately strong, while number 4 doesn’t look so good, so we’ll see. I just picked him up to show him how to drink water and he struggled mightily so hopefully that means he’s strong. Number 5 is drying and we’ll see if more hatch today and tomorrow. Which would be soooo great! If you prayed for our chicks, thank you so much and keep it up. The boys are away for a while and I’d love to have them come home to a nice healthy flock of chicks. I know they’re bummed to miss the hatching.

I’ll try to get some pictures taken and posted today. Right now, it’s time for a nap!

By the way, we have a winner on the What on Earth Contest! The post is updated to show the winner. And the reason for my crazy photos.

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The editor-in-chief of Earnest Parenting, Amy is the mother of two sets of twin boys. Yes, they drive her crazy, but they also make her laugh occasionally. Amy enjoys writing, quilting, reading, and working on her burgeoning cyber empire.

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  • Ajith June 15, 2009, 2:00 pm

    I am visiting here after a while… Nice chick story πŸ˜‰ I am always excited to read agriculture-farming stories…

    Hope your kids are doing great and rocking !
    .-= Ajith´s last blog ..Advantages of Blogging =-.

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  • Color Printing June 15, 2009, 8:27 pm

    You call the chickens number 1-5? Really convenient, haha!
    Congrats on the new kids. You guys must be so proud. πŸ™‚

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  • Dana June 16, 2009, 3:24 am

    Came via the carnival but had to see if your chicks had hatched in the meantime! I’m so happy for you!

    We have four teenage hens we bought when they were a couple days old. Moving soon and hoping to get a rooster and hoping to hatch at least one batch for the educational value. They are a lot of fun and neat to watch. I never would have believed they have such personalities!

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  • Amy June 16, 2009, 12:54 pm

    Ajith! Long time no see. I’m glad you returned for a visit. Kids are doing well, thank you. How about yours?

    Color Printing, actually I have named most of them but am trying not to use them too much because the boys are gone this week and I want to let them do the naming if they choose.

    Dana, thanks! I have to go over to the carnival and read yet today. There’s one more chick struggling to hatch right now and I’ve been cheering him on. The hatching is amazing. I’m betting it would be even more fun with mama hens to encourage the chicks. How long does it take a hen to become a teenager?

    Depending on the circumstances I’m thinking about doing this again next year and having the boys be in a 4H club. There’s such value in that experience. I think I’m too late for this year, the fair is in about 4 weeks. Better planning and forethought (not something I always manage) are required.

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  • basins June 25, 2009, 8:50 am

    Congrtas on new kids! I love to read such stories.

    Hoping for great fun guys !

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