Chicken Hatch Day 21: Brooder Buddies

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The first 3 hatchlings: Easter Egger x Speckled Sussex in the center, flanked by Easter Egger x Rhode Island Reds.

We’ve got 15 chicks now, with more still hatching in the incubator. The early birds spent most of their first day sleeping, eating, and stretching. Must feel great to be free after spending 21 days in an egg.brooder_buddies

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Most of the chicks had no trouble whatsoever, but so far we’ve had three that got stuck in the shell and needed a little help.

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This little one was having a hard time last night, but finally got out of the shell this morning with some help. It’s still in the incubator, and recognizable by the piece of shell still stuck to its back. We normally name all our chicks after food, but this one earned a special non-edible name: Shelly (or Sheldon, as the case may be)

 

 

2 Thoughts on “Chicken Hatch Day 21: Brooder Buddies

  1. amanda on April 25, 2013 at said:

    Oh, yea, I watched her (and others — yes I do have chickens so am not totally weird.ly obsessed) I worried about that shell. Hope she soon joins the others in the brooder.

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