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Checking in on the chicks this morning…. It’s frankly a wonder any of these chicks survive. The buffy mother with the newly hatched brown chicks came out this morning with all the other chickens to eat. She brought one of the chicks out, but the other was still in the coop. I placed it on the ground. All five chicks and three mothers were bustling about eating and pecking and cheeping and clucking. The newest babies seemed in danger of being stepped on, and a few times were kicked during the scratching. After a little while the two new babies just joined the two mothers and their 4 day old chicks. And their mother returned to the nest (which has many unhatched eggs in it that I’m eager to discard, but maybe something else will hatch since she went back to it?)
Meanwhile, when I looked in the house the black hen in the middle nest was off to the side of her nest. I looked and saw what appeared to be a wet dead chick. But I believe it was actually so freshly hatched it hadn’t even stretched out or opened its eyes yet. Because a half hour later it was underneath her and peeping. I hope to get a look later today. It really is a baby boom here!


About Sarah

I'm a librarian living with my lovely family in a gorgeous spot of New Jersey, where we raise chickens and love the outdoors. I try to find enough time to indulge all my hobbies-cooking, photography, gardening, sewing, and I write about it all on my book blog & personal blog.

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