Compassion in World Farming

Saturday, 3 October 2009

More arrivals!

This morning more little miracles!
Now we have 9 chicks in total safely in the brooder box...... 4 Blue Silkies, 4 Porcelain D'Uccle bantams & 1 Chamois Polish Frizzle bantam. They are so teeny!

6 more chicks are drying out in the incubator!

3 eggs have yet to hatch, but I won't give up on them for another couple of days.

At the moment I am too stunned to put into words how this experience has made me feel - normal words like amazed & happy just don't convey how intensely moving it has been to watch these little chicks struggle into this world. Elated is the closest I can get!

Here's a little clip of the first 5 hatchlings finding their feet in the brooder:


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Today they are sure footed, alert & responsive to my voice. They are eating after I sprinkled some of their chick crumbs onto a piece of kitchen towel for them. They have found their water & have explored the imitation 'Mother Hen' I made which is hanging in one corner (strips of fabric tied in the middle to make a kind of mop head affair for them to hide underneath). They truly are a wonder!

Do you think someone was jealous of all the attention they were getting? Mabel jumped onto my back every time I knelt down to check on the incubator!

5 comments:

  1. Yay! They're beautiful! I wish I could meet them!

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  2. They are so gorgeous and it makes me want to cry... just so perfect!!
    As for Mabel, well snuggles to her as she is just such a lovable sweetheart and she certainly loves you to bits, you lovely lady!!
    With Love, Jane xxxx

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  3. Truly wonderful! Nature at its best! xx

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  4. You've discovered the red radiation effect when trying to take pics or video of a brooder, then? :-)

    Wonderful. So happy for you, and for them to be born to such a loving kind substitute mama! x

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  5. Thats so cute how Mabel jumps onto your back. My kitty Bitsy does that when I'm doing some task leaning over but sometimes she's not so careful with her claws!

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