Well, today the "Nursery" filled up a little bit more! Surprise!
|When Patrick was giving the goats more water, he saw a little yellow head poke out from under the barn. He asked me how one of the polish chicks got out. I did a headcount...6 polish chicks. Then it struck us all, a rogue broody hen!|
|We've captured 8 of the 9 here. They still have their hornbills, so they have likely hatched in the last day. We ended up with 3 yellow, 3 striped and 3 brown.|
|Now Trapper Damon is trying to capture the hen to put her in with her chicks. Hens brood chicks SO much better than we do, as long as they have protection, food and water.|
|After 21 days of sitting on eggs, she's very hungry!|
|Success! It's Hanna's "Baby Gigi"! She's an Ameraucana hen hatched here by our very own Jill.|
The ticker on the right says 8 days until kidding time. I`m getting nervous for Daisy. I am convinced that this time she is pregnant. I think I felt hooves in her belly kicking me. And her udder is definitely getting bigger. We think that Lily is also pregnant, but it is not as easy to tell. Perhaps because she is a larger girl, or maybe not as far along, or perhaps Daisy has 2 and Lily only has 1. Time will tell!
I didn't worry as much about Penny, she had been around the block a few times and made birthing twins look much too easy. I will feel so much better once their first kidding is behind us.