All the hard work the birds have done, egg laying, brooding… has finally paid off!! The four mother hens are proudly walking around with their chicks in tow. The duck has hatched four ducklings (unfortunately, the crows got one before we could move the little family into a cage). They are all together in the Humoungous Cage, ducklings splashing in the water dish, chicks running after the clucking mums. What a joy to watch! Only the poor guinea pigs are not too happy – the hens keep pecking at them and messing up their hay and food. I think I will have to move them back to the smaller cages.
Also, at home I have managed to hatch another 4 chickens and 2 quail chicks from the leftover eggs 🙂 The hens don’t accept latecomers anymore (I have tried…) and the little quail hen sits on new eggs after her failed first attempt, so these babies are going to be house chicks! The children have given them names: Browny, Stripey, Woolly and Grey (free translation). Why they can’t come up with more imaginative names is beyond me. Half of our rabbits are called Browny and the others are called Snowy.
The chicks are currently living in our bedroom, because it’s the only place where they can be safe from the cats. It’s a bit uncomfortable at night with the heat lamp, but my husband is surprisingly tolerant. I tell you, the things that man has to put up with..! At least there are no cats in the bed now.
There are another nine eggs at school, due to hatch in two weeks, and the guinea fowl are sitting on their nest. That will be it for this year… Unless something unexpected happens of course! And unexpected things are always happening. We will see!