I recently alluded to our big day in a Homestead Show & Tell update and thought you might like to see the little fuzzballs for yourself. Some have names. Some do not. At the end I’ll list the breeds of hens and rooster that produced our offspring and maybe you can help me guess what our chickies are.
This was our first time hatching naturally. It’s a process I’ll discuss here soon… but I have to summarize by saying I couldn’t be happier with how things have gone thus far. If you’ve been reading, you can probably guess I’m inclined to let nature do her thing when possible. For example, I much prefer Mama Hen teach her babies to drink and keep them warm at night… instead of an inch of dust covering whatever room in the house has the indoor brooder pen.
Since we don’t yet have a rooster, it all began with twelve eggs purchased lovingly from the internet’s version of the local poultry-baby-delivery-stork: Craigslist. ( Thanks Shady Coop Farm for the hook-up!) They were placed in a nest box I built on the chicken run’s floor.
I relocated Curly in the dark of night and she dutifully continued setting for exactly twenty-one days before we got our first glimpse of this little guy peeking out from under her big fluffy butt:
You’ll have to determine for yourself who was happier.
Thankfully, no chicks were squished in the making of this post. Not even:
There they are.
Five little bundles of joy from the original twelve eggs.
We did an egg-topsy on the ones that didn’t hatched. There was nothing developing inside so they most likely weren’t fertilized. I’m more than OK with that, because if many more would’ve hatched, I would be busy building a mobile chicken tractor instead of typing up this post. No way I have room for twelve more occupants in the coop. Three to five I can do with no problem since I over built it imagining someday we’d expand.
So, what breeds do you think we have up there? I have a pretty good guess on most but have to admit Parmesan has me completely stumped.
Our new friends at Shady Coop Farm keep a Brahma rooster. If you scroll back up, you’ll see the chicks all have a little fuzz on their feet thanks to Dada.
Here he is:
The hens he “courted” are a mix of:
- Gold-laced Wyandotte
- Rhode Island Red
- Easter Egger
Who has guesses? I’d love to see how wrong mine are.
Have you hatched both with an incubator/brooder and with a broody hen? Which method do you prefer?
(Many of these photos are courtesy of my wife, who writes at MidwesternBite.com and has much better photography skills.)