Lately we have had a couple of exciting events take place here. Firstly, a few weeks before Christmas, our black silkie hen, Schwarzy, decided she was ready to sit on a nest. Her first nest. Our first nest! I sourced some fertilised Barnevelder eggs from a friend of my mum's and managed to squeeze 7 of them under her fluffy rump late one night. Gosh, it would have to be the longest three weeks I have ever lived through!
But then. just a couple of weeks into her 'sitting', one of our Isa Browns decided she too would like to sit as well!
I couldn't help but oblige her instincts, being kindly passed on some fertile eggs from a veggie group friend. Just half a dozen, enough to satisfy her needs, hopefully.
Both sets hatched. The Barnevelders hatching four out of the seven eggs and my friend's donation hatching two out of her six...
|'Backyard cross' chick, 2 days old|
Meanwhile, Schwarzy and her Barnevelder brood were growing every day, having hatched a couple of weeks earlier!
Two dark chicks with a stripe down their back and two paler chicks. After some late night googling, I found that some people have experienced the darker ones being hens while the paler ones often seem to be the roosters. Who knows? I think we'll wait and see..
|Front - two dark chicks, behind - two paler chicks|
They were SOOO cute!!
Barnevelders are primarily a laying breed so we will hopefully have some henny additions to our flock in a few months time. And if there happened to be a handsome rooster catching my eye, it would be fair to say there would be available perch space for him!
The hutch I made is functioning well, especially with the addition of their outside run which gets closed off at night. And Schwarzy is a wonderful mother! It is fascinating to watch instinct in action.
The Barnevelder chicks are growing so fast and no longer resemble the fluffy cuteness they were just a mere three weeks ago. More rather, gawky adolescents growing in their feathers and asserting themselves in play! One could spend hours watching them..and we do.
|Barnevelder chick, 3 weeks old|
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