On April 1, our first little chick hatched. Lucy was a day early and a complete surprise. I picked Patsy up to check her eggs and there was the tiniest little chick under her! Her chicks aren't silkies like her, they're buff laced polish (which is why they have the little poofs on their heads).
We tried both the broody momma hen and the incubator at the same time to see which way would work better. We had candled the eggs a few times and saw little chicks growing in them so we were certain we would have at least 4 chicks.
Well, their hatch date came and went and we still only had one chick. On Wednesday night, we checked them again and saw that one of the eggs in the incubator had a little pip. I sat on the kitchen floor for hours that night to see if the little chick would crack any more of the egg but by noon on Thursday she hadn't made anymore progress and I was starting to get worried that she was stuck (she was flipped the wrong direction in the egg just like a breech baby). I carefully cracked little pieces of her shell off so that all she had to do was push it apart. She eventually did!
I was away on Thursday night so Todd was texting me updates and sent me this picture right after Ethel hatched. Patsy took right to her even though she came from the incubator.
Ethel is even smaller than Lucy, has a smaller poof but much fluffier cheeks. They are the sweetest, most adorable little things I've ever seen. I wasn't sure how Patsy would react to having chicks but she has been the best little mom.
She taught them how to eat and drink water. She lets them jump all over her and squirm under her to stay warm. Poor girl is so tired, I can tell!
This is Lucy.
This is Ethel.
Chicks are nearly impossible to take pictures of- I don't know how photographers do it with babies! They bounce around everywhere and I swear the minute they see my camera, they hide.