This post is dedicated to my friend Kris over at Simplify and Jayme over at Tales from the Coop Keeper and chicken mamas, everywhere. I met and have become good friends with both Kris and Jayme via blogging.See this sweet little chick? It is ours. Not because we bought it at our local farm store. Because one of our hens had it. Our rooster fertilized the egg. Right here on our little farm.
I always called this place a farm and my daughter always said it wasn't a real farm because we didn't have any farm animals. We originally had nine hens and a rooster. Last Friday Doug went to the farm store and bought six more chicks. Then this little baby hatched. Now we have sixteen farm animals.
One of our buffs got broody. When a hen gets broody, she wants to sit on eggs. Our other hens kept putting more eggs in. We were not certain when she started sitting so we were not certain when the 21 days would be up. At one point, the clutch got too big and Doug threw some of the eggs out. (I believe a good number of age in a clutch should be 10-12 eggs or so. You can see by the photo that there are more than that.) I was worried he threw someone out who was about to hatch. Then I worried that our hen couldn't manage a clutch that was too big. There was a lot of worry going on.
This morning Doug bound into the bedroom and leaned over the bed with a huge smile on his face. "We have a new chick." I knew exactly what he was talking about. We are real farmers now because we have had one of our own. This is why I wanted a rooster to begin with - so we could have our own chicks. Doug wanted a rooster to protect the flock and because he likes the sound of crowing. (And crowing and crowing and crowing.) I don't know if this chick is a rooster or a hen. Time will tell. I'll be hovering as mama hen takes care of it. I hope it makes it. And we hope more hatch. Research tells me that from when the first chick hatches that the rest should hatch within 48 hours. C'mon little chicks, peck your way out. I'll keep you posted. This has been the farm report brought to you by farmer Cheryl.