Found a chick with mom Frizzle hen last night. Was I ever surprised! Thought it would be another week before hatching was due. This Frizzle Cochin bantam had gone broody. For some reason I was saving her eggs in a little basket on kitchen counter. Decided to tuck the eggs into her broody nest along with a blue egg and a large brown from our Buff Orpington. The first chick is fuzzy black. (The pic may enlarge if you click on it).Can you make out the tiny black chick?
Checked other eggs this morning and could hear peeps from one. Now tonight I see a small hole started. Not sure if it is a bantam egg or a larger size from other hen (looks kinda bigger than the bantam eggs in photo). Mom Frizzie is talking to it, little cluck, cluck encouragement sounds. We sure hope the little chick makes it. No signs of life in the other eggs. No idea which larger eggs were fertile, not all hens let Silky roo mate with them. He is too small to argue.
Gosh, I really did not think any would hatch, just gave her some eggs to sit.
UPDATE: two more chicks popped out of eggs just now. So we have three healthy, fighters (all fuzzy black for now).
Time for birds to migrate back to our area. Not sure what this little one is, maybe a chickadee, sparrow or.... I have no idea ? They winter over here along with some other tiny grey birds.
Patch cat spends more time outside now. She is a hunter, catches mice around garage. Leaves the bodies at front porch doorstep :(