Big news, worth crowing about. What do you get when one sweet-hearted, valiant rooster and several hard-working hens love each other very much?
|Jules the FBCM and Blue, a blue egg layer|
Juliet the FBCM
|Bijou, a blue-egg layer|
|Juniper the FBCM|
You get lovely hatching eggs, and if you do your homework and get them under a broody hen or a good incubator within about seven days, you get...baby chicks!
This is the story of our first hatch of 2012. Today we have a...pip.
|Pull up a chair in a well-lit spot; you'll be waiting a while!|
Not as exciting as a chick, I'm afraid. But still, every chick starts as a pip and a peep inside the shell.
Which is all I can see and hear, right now!
|Bijou's egg from Day 19 looks like our first lucky hatchee.|
Join us in our next post...I'll be keeping a journal of a day in the life of a backyard chicken keeper, on one of the most exciting days of the year--hatch day! As we approach the beginning of day 21 (starts about 7 pm tonight), I will expect to see a bunch of baby chicks pipping, zipping, and hatching. I'll share pics of the process, along with my normal chicken tending chores and delights.