Three broody hens

This weekend I have new babies.  Three of the four hens I had setting have hatched or are hatching.  The first one I set with ten eggs revealed to me this morning eight multi-colored babies that are adorable.

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The second hen revealed one last night but Mom won’t move off of them this morning so I can get pictures of them.  She had seven eggs under her and I can’t wait to see how many hatch.  Here she is being very protective.  I’m sure she hasn’t moved off of them because more are trying to hatch.  Hens usually don’t come off the brooding nest until the last one that’s going to hatch comes out of the shell.

2nd hen hatching

2nd hen hatching

 

The third hen has 14 eggs under her and I did find one hatched egg shell in front of her this morning but I don’t expect to see the babies until probably tomorrow.

I know one is hatched because I can see the broken shell right in front of her.

I know one is hatched because I can see the broken shell right in front of her.

More updates and pictures will be revealed in the coming days.  Aren’t they adorable!!

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These are their amorous and proud daddie, Elvis and Romeo!!

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Elvis

 

Romeo

Romeo

 

Back in a few days with updates!! 😉

 

 

 

5 responses to “Three broody hens

  1. Awww they are so cute! I just love baby chicks 🙂 So fun that they are multicolored!

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  2. How cute!!! What a proud papa!

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  3. New little chicks is just ONE of the reasons to have a cool rooster!

    Linda
    http://coloradofarmlife.wordpress.com

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    • I think so too. At last count last night I have 18 from three hens and still have one sitting. I pinned up three more last night that are trying to go broody on me. If they don’t come out of it by the the middle of next week I may set them too. I’ll need young layers late fall to pick up the slack from the older hens. I’m told to stop a hen from being broody it to sit her vent in ice water for a few minutes and then let her go on her way but I’m not putting much stock in that.

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