Mrs. Baker sent us an awesome video this afternoon to show us just how well our baby chicks are fitting in. One of her Momma hens has taken them all in just like the rest. She mentioned that they aren’t liking the heat lamp, instead they tuck right under Momma’s wing to keep warm. Check out the video link below!
Our little baby chicks left us to go to their forever home yesterday. It was a sad day, but we know they will enjoy all the new space they will be able to run around in. Mrs. Baker sent us a picture of our friends during their drive to her place. It was almost like they were saying “You want me to sit where!? A box!? I don’t think so!”. Too cute! They sure will be missed. We had such a great time hatching them and learning all about them.
On Friday Ms. Sam Baker came for a visit to see our chicks. She is our chicken expert that was so kind and generous to give us the eggs we hatched. She was on her way home from the feed store and stopped by to show us 15 more little chicks she is going to be adding to her bunch! Some of them looked very similar to ours! Each chicken that Sam has truly feel like part of her family. If you are looking to purchase fresh farm eggs she is your lady!
Happy Birthday to 4 of our new little chicks who were born this morning! They are so itty-bitty and fluffy! Once they had a quick little bath they made their way out of the incubator into their temporary home. All 4 are both black and white and so friendly. They love to snuggle in your hand and then fall asleep. This afternoon I noticed they are already starting to eat and drink.
It seems like our little babies are trying to make an appearance a little earlier then I expected. I went to fill the water before I left to go home after school and was shocked to hear some little peeping coming from what I thought was one egg. When I went to flip the rest I realized we have 4 little ones trying to break out so far! One of them even has his little beak poking out! They are making all kinds of noise. I will post another update tomorrow morning when I stop by to check on them.
This past week we received 66 eggs from one of our Peralta families, the Bakers! A HUGE thanks goes to them for helping us out this year with our chicken hatch! The kiddos have been having such a great time learning all about them! This week we talked about some pretty important facts:
- Girls are called Hens, boys are called Roosters, babies are Chicks!
- We learned about the different parts to both hens and roosters.
- Eggs can be all different colors such as green, blue, brown, white. They are also different sizes.
- Only fertilized eggs will develop into chickens, so those ones at the grocery store will never work! (Although Trader Joes sells fertile eggs)
- It takes 21 days for a chick to hatch.
- We’re using a machine called an “incubator” to hatch our eggs. It acts like a Momma chicken.
- The incubator is about 100 degrees.
- We have to rotate the eggs 3 times a day.
- They have a cap like tip on their beak called the “egg tooth”. It helps them to get out of the shell.
- They will be wet and tired when they are first born.
- They eat mashed up seeds and grain.
- They are fully grown and will start laying their own eggs at 5 months of age.
Check out this cool video to learn about the daily development!