Sunday, June 3, 2012

Birth Day

Some time ago, after hoping in vain that our hens would go broody and produce chicks, my husband resolved on making an incubator. Since we really had no experience, he picked up an experimental batch of five eggs from the coop - which, after twenty-one suspense-filled days, all hatched yesterday! 
 We put all the chicks in this plastic box for a group photo.
A close-up shot of one who is, so far, my personal favorite (although they are all very cute). 

We all enjoyed very much watching the hatching process, which is simply fascinating; a crack appears in an egg shell, then little bits of shell fall off, until a really big crack appears and cheeping can be heard... and then, voila! A chick crawls out of the shell, tired of all the efforts of coming out, and bedraggled-looking - but a couple of hours later, he is magically transformed into a cute, fuzzy creature. You can imagine the girls' delight at seeing such miracles! 

Also, last night we received notice that my sister-in-law had had a baby - a girl whom we are yet to meet, but who will be, beyond a doubt, beloved by all whose life she touches, starting from her Mama, Papa, and her two brothers and three sisters who were all eagerly anticipating her arrival for many months.

Later this week, perhaps even tomorrow, when I have a little more time, I hope to sit down and write in detail exactly how my husband made the incubator. We are all very proud of his endeavours. 

10 comments:

Rose said...

I look forward to hearing about Mr T's incubator!

Anonymous said...

A beautiful blog entry -- the miracle of new life from two perspectives. Thank you for the rays of sunshine you bring with your postings.

From South Carolina, USA

Katie B. of HousewifeHowTos.com said...

What a cute little chick! I'm looking forward to when you have time to share how your husband made the incubator. We've always wanted to raise chicks, and have absolutely no experience doing so. (We consider ourselves lucky our own children survived their toddler years!) Since my husband loves DIY projects, I'll be sharing your instructions with him when you post them. Thank you!

Bethany said...

I showed the pictures of your chicks to my children and they loved them! Thanks for sharing.

Heather said...

What a wonderful opportunity to watch chicks hatch! We bought our first day old chicks this spring, but I think that our next project would be for us to get eggs to hatch. I think my babes would love to watch that!

Rose Godfrey said...

What a great experience for your children. And I commend your husband on the incubator construction. Very nice. We just had one of our hens sneak off and brood a clutch of eggs. She hatched out three this week. We've found that the Araucana breed is very broody. I have heard that Silkies are as well. Some people will keep one hen that is prone to broodiness around to hatch a batch of eggs--adding to the ones she lays to get a bigger hatch.

Right now we have a duck who is sitting on a combination of duck and chicken eggs--it will be interesting to see if anything comes of her efforts.

Mrs. Anna T said...

Rose, yes, what we really need is to lay our hands on a broody hen to do the hard work for us. Or a duck. :o)

Leah Brand-Burks said...

WOW! Impressive! And congratulations on becoming an aunt again! :-D

Kristen said...

Awww! What sweet little chicks.

Miu said...

Oooh, such cute chickens!
And congratulations on your little niece!