Friday, April 22, 2011

Poor little chickie

The first egg hatched - sort of.  There was a fully formed chick inside the egg, but it was making no effort to get out.  The hen had abandoned the nest.  Most of the shell was still around the chick.

I thought it was dead, peeled back some of the shell and it moved a bit.  I don't know if it was just reflex, or if the chick was alive.  When the mother returned to the nest, she pushed the chick out of the nest onto the floor. 

I will see if any more of them are hatching this morning.

I guess I understand why there are hatcheries and incubators.  But it would be so nice to have a few chicks around here that were born Mother Nature's way.

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