The week before Easter Sunday seems like the perfect time for a chicken update...
As many of you know, we've had our share of roosters! At first we thought "Donatella" was "Donald". When she didn't show signs of crowing or growing anything on her beak, we breathed a sigh of relief and officially started calling her Donatella. Apparently we were a little premature! Yes, Donatella/Donald started crowing!
With the impending move, we decided to keep Donald... until he became aggressive towards the hens. Poor Prudence! One day Donald pulled out all of the feathers on her head. Thank goodness there are no mirrors in the coop!
It was time to take Donald back to the farm.
I guess Donald had a few late night dates with the hens... The next thing we knew, Steve and I realized we were going to be Grandparents. Our two white hens, Henrietta and Prudence, started sitting on five eggs.
Imagine our surprise on Sunday afternoon, when this black chick pecked its way out of one of the eggs!
Although Prudence and Henrietta were doing the brooding, the color of our first chick made something pretty obvious... Michelle had at least one date with Donald!
Henrietta didn't seem to mind. She decided to push Prudence and Michelle out of the nest and stake her claim as "Mother Hen".
"Oddly" (our little black chick) has now taken up residence under Henrietta's wing.
Henrietta is doing a wonderful job teaching Oddly how to eat and drink.
Yesterday, one of the other eggs started chirping, and this morning we found Lucille keeping warm under Henrietta.
Lucille has already started eating and drinking on her own.
We have at least one more chirping egg (yes, they chirp inside the egg!). We are hoping the other chicks arrive before we leave for New York. Fortunately, I'm confident that Henrietta (with a little help from Charlie and our house sitter) will do a great job as Mother Hen!
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