8 New Chicks Arrive and I Get Them Into the New chick Pen for Safety

Saturday April 4, 2020 Guerneville CA.

Nesting hen

This morning when I went out to feed and water the chickens this hen that had been sitting on a nest of eggs was here instead of on her nest.

New chicks

That meant she’d hatched out her chicks so I got  the chick feed tray out. The little guys are hiding under her and I’m wondering how many as there were 10 eggs she was sitting on.hen

 

Some of the little guys came on out when I put  a little feed on the ground for them to eat.chicks

 

I finally counted 8 chicks so that’s how many eggs hatched out.

I went on over to check out her nest to see what was there. Yes, two eggs were still in the nest and did not hatch out.nest

 

For their safety

The reason I put the chick food tray where I did is I need to get this new hen with her chicks into the new chick pen for their protection so I was trying to lead them into the new chick pen which I finally did later.

But for now mommy hen  likes sitting in the sun with her little ones.birds

 

Rains

I forgot to tell ya it rained until just after noon when it mostly let up but started again in the evening.

I walked around the yard to see how things were doing.

Raspberry patch

Here’s the raspberry patch where the raspberry vines are just starting to  fill out their leaves and are looking pretty good.patch

 

Ancient horse tail grass

I took you a bug view of the horse tail grass growing in the raspberry patch. They look nice and green.bkugview

 

Nice creek

I looked at the creek to see if the rain water brought the level up any. But the rains haven’t been big storms, just showers so  the water level hadn’t changed but the creek looked nice.creek

 

Stuck chick

Later in the day I was checking on whether the chickens found their way into the new chick pen and they had , however this one chick was making a distress call as it was stuck in the fence.chicky

 

The wire is one inch but the chickens just came out of a small egg and are really very small at this time so they get into mischief  until they get a little larger. Not to worry, they can wiggle out eventually.stuck

 

A bit of wiggling and it was soon free so I helped it into the pen with Momma hen.chick

 

Now that darn hen wouldn’t go into the nesting box I prepared for her but instead stayed in the grow pen out in the rain. I didn’t want to distress her so I put the nesting box into the grow pen just before dark and she entered it and I put all the chicks in with her after catching them all as they scattered.

I waited until after dark and went back out and moved the new nesting box under cover in the new chick pen without too much squawking from her and they all settled down for the night. Good to get them all in the new chick pen where they’ll be safe.

Rained some more

Towards evening I thought about working on the van’s radiator repair but it started to rain again so that didn’t get done.

Because of the rain not a lot got done today which was ok with me. I mostly played papa to the chicks keeping an eye on them to make sure they kept out of trouble.

Nice day puttering around doing mostly nothing. :O)

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3 Responses to 8 New Chicks Arrive and I Get Them Into the New chick Pen for Safety

  1. Bill Henderson says:

    Congrats Papa !!!!

  2. Patsy Irene says:

    Woohoo, baby chicks again to look after. You had your hands full today with them, keeping them all safe. I wouldn’t say you did nothing. The rain will certainly help that raspberry patch.
    The horsetail grass is very cool looking! I’ve never seen it before.

  3. DAVID EVANS..upriver... says:

    The look momma hen is giving you…..Chicks what chicks, no chicks around here..Go take a nap……….+;………

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