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Haynes’ Hatched a Chicklet!

October 14, 2010

One of our little mutant semi-banty, teeny tiny, weird, psychotic looking chickens, Haynesville, surprised us both when she started sitting on a couple of eggs a few weeks ago. We added a third egg to her brood and decided to just ‘see what happened.’

Today I lifted her up to check on her eggs, as I have been for the past few days, and a little chick popped out!

I immediately fainted, vomited, shit my pants, and had a heart attack. Collected myself. And ran back up to the house to get Jared.

It is the cutest little miracle-of-life I’ve ever seen. Later on, when I picked it up (which I’ll get to shortly) it weighed about nothing. I’ve held insects that weighed more.

Haynes had nested in one of the top boxes, so we were going to have to move her little babymaking operation elsewhere. Her chick(s?), A: would never be able to get out. and B: if they did get out, would get mauled by one of our roosters or turkeys.

We had the option of taking her baby and putting her in a box with a heat lamp, which is what chick-rearing guidebooks will tell you to do. But instead, we decided to section off a little space in the predator-proof chick-run and move Haynes and her baby and eggs to a new location where she can raise her babies herself, naturally.

I’m so excited to see how she does.

People get so upset when their hens “go broody”, because they stop laying eggs. But we’re pretty excited to celebrate her mommyness.

We’ll post pics when her baby is old enough to come out from the undercarriage.

In the meantime, celebrate! We had our first baby-creature on the farm!

Haynesville and Co's new diggs

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Jeff permalink
    October 14, 2010 11:14 am

    Woooo!

  2. amanda permalink
    October 14, 2010 12:00 pm

    How great!

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