Hatching day! We were expecting chicks to hatch today and delighted to come home last night and be told that chicks could already be heard.
After a day running outside periodically to stare at the hens hoping for little heads to peek through wings, I’ve got pictures and I think things have worked out. As usually happens we had two broody hens both on the same nest. Because our chickens are ridiculous. At various points in the morning I saw the hens swapping places (front and back) and with different little heads poking out of wings.
But on my latest visit to them I saw that they have apparently divided up the chicks and left the nest. Only 2 chicks have hatched, and there are about 10 eggs left behind in the nest. I always think our ladies have a very low hatching rate. In any case, the buffy is on the floor of the coop with a little fluffy white and silver chick. This chick looks rather delicate and I do hope it survives.
The black hen (who, by the way, joined the broody game several days later than the buffy hen so totally got off easy without a full 21 day sitting) has relocated to the ground with the most darling little tan and reddish fluff ball. I do wonder how they made it to the ground. Did the chick just fall out the door (a 18-24″ drop)? or did it walk down the long ramp? Both seem difficult for a less than 24 hour chick.
Fingers crossed they both survive!