A little freshly picked arugula while you wait?
Three weeks ago, two of Whitey's chicks—who are now grown-up hens and laying little brown eggs of their own—decided they were in the mood for motherhood, so they each settled down on a pile of eggs in side-by-side nesting boxes for the 21-day incubation period. (Did you miss Whitey Watch last year? You'll find links to all of Whitey's 2007 baby chick posts at the bottom of this page.)
Yesterday three chicks hatched but there was something wrong with them and all three died. Fortunately things are going much better today. This little bundle of fluff belongs to Cheeky (the hen on the left), who isn't in the picture because I had to briefly relocate her in order to check on what was happening underneath her. That didn't make her happy. Fortunately I was wearing thick gloves.
There are six more eggs under Cheeky and four more under the other hen (whose name is still being decided), so cross your feathers that this chirping little cutie pie will have some siblings soon - and that we don't end up with another bunch of roosters!
The chicks all started last year with Whitey:
5/12/07: Whitey's Gone Broody
6/1/07: Whitey Gets Her Wish
6/4/07: Peep! Peep! Peep!
6/2/07: It's Been Quite A Chick-Filled Day
6/5/07: I'm Just Wai-tin' On A Friend
6/17/07: Whitey & Her Baby Chicks
6/19/07: Caution - Foodie Forming
8/2/07: Wall Inspection & Farmgirl Inspection
8/3/07: Baby's First Perch
8/4/07: Baby's First Dustbath
8/5/07: Mother As Landing Pad
8/9/07: Little Rooster Showin' Some Style
© FarmgirlFare.com, the fine feathered foodie farm blog where no eggs, chicks, chickens, or farmgirls were harmed during the taking of these photos (thanks to the gloves), but Cheeky got so pissed off while being gently removed from her eggs that she started screeching like The Alien. And that was a little bit scary.