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Bitties are growing

Our first chicks of the year are growing fast and their fuzz has turned to pin feathers.  Of the three, two are alive and well.  The little white one got under the grit pan when mom was scratching in the floor material and then he couldn’t get out.  By the time I found her she was gone.  😦   The other two are growing fast and forage all over the farm just like Mom.DSCN5117

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Crow and her month old bitties.

Crow and her month old bitties.

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Free ranging with mom.

Free ranging with mom.

 

In about 10 more days, we’ll have another hatch by this lady.

Black Americana hen that was born last year.  She has 10 eggs under her and we're hoping for a larger hatch than Crow had.

Black Americana hen that was born last year. She has 10 eggs under her and we’re hoping for a larger hatch than Crow had.

Updates later and watching for the next broody mother.

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!! 😉