It's like a little miracle! The next time Billy headed out to check on it`he looked up and saw THIS!!!!!!
And look. That little scrawny struggling thing turned into a little black puff! We feather sexed it and it's a pullet! Yay!!!! She is super tiny compared to the yellow fluff ball so I'm wondering if that one is a cockerel? We shall see....
Billy did a lot of reading about little things that were going on and concerns that would arise and we learned so much. Like how she rotates the eggs! It's amazing! She will rotate the eggs on the outside to the middle and turn them. When they are three days away from hatching she will stop turning them so that the chick can get into hatching position. This is so that they are able to absorb the rest of the yolk b/f hatching. It said that she will push out rotten eggs or eggs in which the chick has died. Well, the next time Billy went out he saw that she had pushed one out. So he tossed it, assuming it was a rotten egg. It wasn't. It was a chick....and it was alive!!!!! :( The shell busted off but it was breathing and peeping. So Billy put it under the hen and hoped for the best. When we went back out it was dead. We were so sad. We decided not to intervene any more. She had proven to be a good momma so we would let her deal with whatever happened from then on.
The next day there was another egg cracked. Another chick! YAY! The shell was coming off but there was a problem.
Isn't he gorgeous!?
And here's the happy family. Awwwww!!!
The kids are out there watching them all the time. It's better than TV! This afternoon the yellow puff caught a bug! If you look closely you can see it in her mouth.
Well, little sis wanted a piece! She chased her around and around momma hen.
Finally she caught her and it became a game of tug-of-war! Hilarious!
But there's a problem. While they are out enjoying the 80 something weather, there are 14 more eggs waiting to hatch! They need to be above 92 degrees! :/ Silly me! I couldn't figure out why she wasn't sitting on her eggs!? I told Billy that I was afraid she was losing her broodiness (this can happen). Billy figured it out right away. The little chicks can get out but the can't get back in!!!! Yikes, I hope I didn't mess things up. He put everybody back in and set a board across the door to keep the little peepers in!!!!