Wednesday, 1 May 2013
Rhode Island Reds and Blue Orpingtons
Above, is one of our 25 Rhode Island Red week old chicks currently residing in the garage "brooder" while the Blue Orpingtons pip their way out of the shells (pics are blurry as they are taken through the plastic of the incubator). As we struggled through a power outage on Friday, the hatch has been long and slow.
First, the pipping of the shell,
...after a long struggle, hatched at last!
Absolutely exhausted after all that work. Face down for a well deserved nap. So sweet!
As I fretted over the hatch, I had plenty to keep me busy between my studies, seed planting and a quick sewing project (a nice big soft cuddle blanket for our Grand-daughter, Penny).
There's still a few more eggs that are pipped, but I'm afraid our hatch rate will only be around 50%. Mama hens do a much better job and they don't care if the power goes out!