It’s a Girl! …and a Boy…and a Girl….and a Girl!

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Actually, we don’t know what the sex of the chicks are yet, and probably won’t for quite a while. Though I’m excited about it, I feel too young to be a grandmother!

Yesterday was the 21st day. I was starting to get nervous. I kept on checking (in the least invasive way I could) to see if any of the chicks had hatched.

Right before I closed the hens up for the night, I checked again. This time, I pulled an egg out, and there was a tiny hole and crack at the top of the egg. I quickly put the egg back underneath Helen, and I heard peeping! I don’t know if it was peeping inside of the egg, or if there were others that had already hatched and were underneath her.

This morning, I gently checked underneath her wings, and I found three chicks.

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I have been planning to move Helen and the chicks to a large, round cardboard box, with a flap that can be opened or closed. This way, if Helen wants to take the chicks outside she can. I have food and water just outside the ‘brooder box’ door inside of the hen house.

I cut the door this afternoon, and Bud helped me move Helen and the chicks. One more chick had just hatched and was still all wet. I quickly put it underneath Helen’s wing. That means there is still the potential for 8 more eggs to hatch.

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After so many futile ‘broody periods’ for Helen, I’m so happy to see her actually hatch some chicks. She has been a great mother so far! I’m hoping that we will have more chicks hatch. I’m trying to interfere as little as possible.

I just wanted to give a quick update since I know that there are a few of you who are interested in the chicks!

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16 thoughts on “It’s a Girl! …and a Boy…and a Girl….and a Girl!

  1. HOW EXCITING!!!!!! That is so cool that they indeed did hatch!They are so cute! I think Helen is a keeper! Maybe you should get a big rooster now!! So she can hatch more later on!
    Thanks for sharing!

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  2. Thank you, Kim. I think she is a keeper, too! She has always been a good ‘broody’ and is prone to go broody a lot. I’m hoping that one of the chicks is a rooster. If they are not, then I’m definitely thinking about getting one.

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