More photos and a chick report below. . .
It's been a busy week on the farm! Some good changes, some big things accomplished, some very nice weather, one (so far) one new baby chick, and one first time mama hen.
I found another chick completely out of its egg yesterday, but sadly it was dead. It looked a little premature, and if the egg had cracked, the mama may have pecked it out herself. We'll never know.
But this fluffy little cutie pie is doing just fine. We're hoping more chicks will hatch, so I'm delaying moving them out of their nesting box for as long as I can. I've never had a mama hen continue to sit on her eggs once they've been relocated. That's the only drawback to having nesting boxes off the ground!
We have another first time broody hen right now, so I'll tuck the unhatched eggs under her and see if she'll agree to sit on them. That's worked before.
It's close quarters right now, without room for a proper waterer. But newborn baby chicks can survive for a few days without food and water (which is why you can ship them through the mail), and this one has already had a drink and a big snack.
Looking that adorable must work up quite an appetite.
Wondering what you can feed chicks and chickens? I talk more about what we feed our flock in the comments sections of this post. Lots of other chicken owners chimed in there, as well as in the comments section of this post.
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