May 23, 2009

A Day in the Life of a Chicken Owner

I had an incubator full of guinea and hen eggs that started hatching on Friday. I had put the incubator in the bedroom to keep it away from the boys and so I wouldn't have to make a bunch of trips up and down the stairs (I know, I'm lazy!) My poor husband had to move to the couch Friday night because the peeping was so loud! The hen eggs finally finished hatching today and we had an excellent hatch rate of 22 out of 26. We lost 3 and I have one that has something wrong with his wing and leg on the right side and probably won't make it so we have 18 happy healthy little fuzzy babies.
After the babies hatched and had a little time to adjust to life outside the shell, I moved them into their temporary box to dry. Here they are in their first home.

After making sure they were all drinking and eating, we made the big move out to the brooder. This brooder has a large built in heater along the top but it's warm enough this time of year just to use a 100 watt bulb and let the chicks move to and from the heat source as they need it.

I just love fuzzy baby chicks and we have 2 black and 2 white and bunch of these little guys in this brood!

Here's the one month old chicks (making a mess!) from my first incubation. Messy little buggers.

Hey, who's in there??

None of the guinea eggs in the incubator have hatched yet. I'll give them a day or two more and see if we get anything.

Hope you enjoyed seeing the new babes!


Steph said...

We get thousands of baby chicks, but we never get to see them hatch! We're getting our new baby chicks on Tuesday, so hopefully I can get some pictures of them!

Glenda said...

This is my first spring in a long long time that I don't have boxes full of chicks and incubators in every room! So glad you've taken over. I am officially handing the title of Crazy Chicken Lady over to you!
Love the pics!!

Michelle Hoad said...

I am totally jealous. I want chickens so bad, it is killing me. We live in a neighborhood with a small backyard, so my husband won't let me. I even have books on raising chickens. I will have to live vicariously through you, so post lots of pictures.

KentuckyFarmGirl said...

Thank you for the title Glendee, believe me, I'll be asking for lots of advice! I'll have to make me a Crazy Chicken Lady 2 blinkie!

Hi Michelle, tell him how good country eggs are! You could have a little hen house with a couple of hens. They make great fertilizer too!

farmingfriends said...

I love the photos of the chicks. What breed are the hen chicks? I hope your guinea eggs hatch. I hatch guinea fowl but I know they are hard to get out of the shell as the shells are so hard.
Kind regards
sara from farmingfriends

KentuckyFarmGirl said...

The red ones are Rhode Island Reds. I am sure the black ones will turn out to be Dominiques (or Dominikers) since I have only one old Dominiker hen that would have started out black and I have no idea what the white breed is. I have 2 white hens with little grayish flecks in their feathers that a friend of mine gave me. All 3 breeds lay brown eggs.

I ended up with 5 guineas from the incubator batch and of course Bootsie has her 6. Eleven more of those little squawkers might be all the noise I can handle!

A Wrinkle In Thyme Farm said...

Great pictures and commentary. We are doing a blog, and yours caught my eye as a model we could use. thanks.


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