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I am a 42 year old woman that is about as happy and content as one person can be. My husband of 21 years and our 15 year old daughter live on five and a half acres out in the country. We moved from the city four years ago and never looked back. I homeschool our daughter. We also love our animals. Our daughter has a miniature horse and two rabbits. We also have a border collie, two cats (again), two pot belly pigs, four peafowl, three emus, 2 llamas and an undetermined number of chickens, lets just say ohhh about 200. I have many breeds, from layers to fancy chickens. I love poultry shows, I love fowl in general as I have come to find out through having more than just chickens. Chickens will always be my first love though. I do show some of my birds occasionally.

Saturday, December 8, 2007

All Three Babies

Well my little hatch is complete. The last one, the fourth egg...didn't make it. Even though I am not attached to the little baby yet it is sad to open an egg to find the little one didnt make it. There had been no movement for two days in the egg. I opened it up after waiting two extra days. The baby was barely alive at all...and the yolk sac that the baby absorbs for nutrients to grow while in the egg had gone bad...so it was just a matter of time. The yolk was a sickly green and by now the baby is supposed to have absorbed all of the sac so I am figuring that is one reason for it going bad.

I do however have three very healthy little fuzzies. I couldn't be happier. This is what will get me through the winter. This is what will bring a smile to my face on days I can't go outside and enjoy my animals. They will be spoiled in no time you will see!

I did have to help the other two out of the shells..its just how it is most of the time with this breed. The second one was doing a pretty fair job, but if they wait too long the exposure to the air will dry them out and they cant move around in there as easy to peck out their little flip top to get out.

The third one had only pecked  a little hole and it had been a long long time, over 24 hours, so I helped that one out too. No harm done, they were ready. You just have to be really really careful and try to wait as long as you can before you help them out.

Here they are, but the other two don't have names yet! One has a black stripe down the back of its head. The other one looks like it has smaller eyes. I think it is just an illusion though because its little fuzz got dried stuck down on its little head, so it looks like it has a small head...lol.


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See Ruby? She is the one in the middle, both pictures.

It is so sweet. I have been handling them enough that they actually stand up tall when my hand closes around them to pick them up, pushing themselves into my hand. They are all just so sweet. I am quite happy and content tonight. Yes I am. :)


nelishianatl said...

Just adorable.  Absolutely so sweet.  Sad about the one that didn't make it.  Who knows why things like this happen?

I have a question and I hope you don't mind as you answered a few in this journal not long ago.  I noticed that these beauties stay in your house sometimes.  How do you housebreak a chicken?  Or did you? Probably a stupid question but I just wondered. Hope you're not laughing to hard. :)


mcknansmom said...

babies are just amazing, aren't they?  no matter what kind of animal they are.  

madcobug said...

These are beauties. It's so amazing how they cuddle up to each other and to those fuzzies. I am sorry that one didn't make it. Hugs, Helen

robinngabster said...

Do they chirp a lot?  I wish we could hear them, they are just adorable!

gen0507 said...

Awwww,  Kelly they are just precious!!!  I know they will get you through the winter.  I know you're glad you hatched them out now.


breakaway1968 said...

OHHH I would love to cuddle with those babies!  lol Although I don't think I could do a good enough job taking care of them that's for sure!  Your doing a super job and those are three lucky chicks!

geocachelinda66 said...

Oh gosh, how adorable!  Linda

wwfbison said...

You are so lucky!!!!  I wish I had some little babies to cuddle...they are adorable!!!!  Please keep putting pics up as they grow!

ally123130585918 said...

Kelly they are so sweet ~ sad about the fourth chick ~ but you have done so well with these ~ keep us posted on their progress ~ Ally x

deshelestraci said...

They are very sweet looking!