13 August 2006
A chick hatched!
After two unsuccessful attempts, we finally had a hatching!
Okay, so there are still about 15 eggs sitting in the nestbox, and none of them have pipped or made any noise, so our success rate is still pretty darn low.
However, we do have one live chick, hopping around following it's mama.
Of course I have no idea how to tell if it is male or female, other than to wait and see if it starts to crow or to lay eggs!
With our luck with animals lately, I'm not overly hopeful that this chick will live long enough for us to find out ... but we can hope! I've set up a few 'hiding spots' that the chick can get into but nobody else can, and he (she? it?) has run in and out and seems to be checking things out. Mama Hen gets VERY irritable if you get close to the chick - she fluffs up so big she looks like a turkey!
In the heat of the day today, they were in the shade, with the little chick nestled under mama's wing.
He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.