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Chicks hatch

Cochin hen with straw on her head.Friday afternoon, I stopped by to check on our broody hen.  At first, I thought she was turning her eggs --- she was raised off the nest a little bit, and her beak was underneath her belly.  Then I saw that one egg seemed to have a small hole in it.  I leaned closer....

"Grawwk!!"  Rather than losing a finger, I backed off and the mother hen settled back into place.  I started to leave, then heard the first tiny "peep" from underneath her.

I sat by the coop for about an hour, hoping to catch a shot for you all to see (or at least a glimpse for myself.)  But despite hearing several peeps, and what seemed to be the sound of a tiny chick pecking its way out of its shell, I never got a glimpse of a chick.

Do we have one homegrown chick or a dozen?  Maybe I'll know by the end of the day.  Meanwhile, I'll leave you with this photo of the mother hen, a piece of straw stuck to her comb.  She may look cute and fluffy, but I won't be petting her anytime soon.

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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