Saturday April 4, 2020 Guerneville CA.
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.
I finally counted 8 chicks so that’s how many eggs hatched out.
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.
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.
Ancient horse tail grass
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.
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)