Thursday, September 4, 2008

New BABIES!

Ok, so this wouldn't be a CHICKENBOCKER blog without the occasional post about chickens... and ONLY chickens.

My Mom offered a post up on her blog a month ago offering her "portable incubator" and I took her up on it. So, about 3 weeks ago yesterday, I put 14 eggs (I can think big!) under my dear Momma's broody ol' hen. I'm not sure what her name is, or if she even HAS a name (the hen, not my Momma!) but I've taken to calling her Ms. Flopsy. This is why...

Anyone wanna guess why I call her that?

So, Ms. Flopsy done good. She sat and she sat... through wind, rain, sleet and hail. Well, through warm weather and cool breezes anyway. She was a GOOD momma hen. Yesterday she was greeted with this:
These chicks talk... let's listen in...

Ta-da! We are tough little peepers! Too bad our Momma hen stepped on one of us, or there would be eight. And it's also too bad that one of our siblings died before it hatched - our Chickie Momma took pictures, but she didn't want to gross you out. So she didn't post them. But seven, seven is a nice number. Hey, who's that lady with the nice lookin' feathers?

Uh, guys, do you think that's our MOM?

I dunno, she doesn't look a thing like us.

Matter of fact WE don't look a thing like each other either!!


HUH? How do you suppose that happened? Somebody told us that the crazy Chickie Momma just went hog wild picking eggs out of the nests one day. She got some of each because she likes to be surprised. Well surprise, you got a little batch of rainbow chicks! Thanks for driving three hours round trip to come get us today - we can't wait to play at our new farm!

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And oh, how in love we are. There is a light brahma, and for sure a black australorp and a couple EE's (which, if you were to EVER visit the backyardchickens.com forum you would know is short for Easter Egger - the kind of chicken that lays a beautiful green egg!) and there looks to be a couple polish crested showing up in the grey colored chicks. There IS a polish rooster out in the field you know - so what we end up with might be quite interesting!

10 comments:

judy said...

Sweet! I've got a soft spot in my heart for chicks and rainbows. :D Love your pictures show...you never did say why Mrs. Flopsy is Mrs. Flopsy...maybe her comb?

Misty said...

I love them! so cute... I can hear them chirping as I type. (not really, of course... and no I'm not crazy.)

Anonymous said...

Oh they are sooo cute,and I love how you named her,it fits,she just flops all over the eggs like a pro!

Grandma Dora the Explorer said...

Such clear photos! I suspect Ms. Flopsy derives from her dainty, unique floppy comb. At one time I think I referred to the hens as lefty, righty, and straight up 'cuz the hens in the batch had differing combs. This may be the same hen that set 2 or maybe 3 times in the same year once. I like her new name! Much more personal, don't you think?

Miriam said...

HA Ha HA! A hen named "Straight Up."

O I am so jealous of your new brood. I lost all my EEers ... any pity for an Aracaunaless friend?

Mokihana said...

I adore baby chicks! We used to have chickens, and I loved hatching day.

As we say in Hawai'i, ho da kewt!!

Shabby Olde Potting Shed said...

Hey Alexis,
Love your babies! Your Mommas hen did good! When you brought them home did you put them under a brooder light? My hen hatched out a few this past month and we just let her keep them? EVERY chick is now... "gone." They can walk "through" the chicken wire and they are gone! Next time, I'll take the babies away after they hatch and put them in our pen with the light til they are big enough to put back in the coop and they cant get through the wire. How disappointing! :( Bums me out. 21 days of setting, and then vanished the week after. Snake, hawk, dogs,? who knows...

Chickie Momma said...

Mrs. Flopsy WAS named because of her comb.

I did not put the babies under a brooder light, I borrowed the brooder and brought her home with us. Ha! This poor hen - but I figured she'd do a good job of caring for the babies, and it makes my job easier. I saw one try to get out of the chicken wire wrapped kennel we keep them in as babies, and it freaked me out! I could clearly see how the tiny ones could just pop right through if they tried hard enough! In this case, it was because the momma was out, and the baby was in. They don't try to get out when she's with them.

Lea- I'm so sorry to hear that your babies went missing! *sniff* That must have broke your heart.

Farm Chick Paula said...

Oh, I have that chickie love feeling coming over me... kinda like women do when they see another woman holding a baby.

Well, maybe not that intense a feeling, but I would love to bury my nose in their fuzzy little bodies.
Can I come over for a second?

Kay Martin said...

Love your blog. These chickens are just too cute. You are a great photographer. Your love of God weaves so beautifully through these posts of sharing your great "harvest" in your farming and your "harvest" in the Kingdom.