Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Unless we swap out the backyard girls' eggs with some likely-to-be-fertile eggs from the hens in the mobile coop, their eggs won't hatch. Well, except for Mrs. Badger's eggs. She's a little grey Silkie we added to the backyard on April 30 along with her mate, Badger, He halfheartedly tries to cover one or two of the fullsize backyard girls but let's just say he hasn't gotten the hang of it yet. So Bandit must have swiped one of Mrs. Badger's eggs and added it to her nest.
So what Bandit hatched is a little grey Silkie. What a turnaround. In one chick pen we have Bandit, a full-size hen, with her suspected bantam chick. And next door, in another chick pen, is Snowball, a little white Silkie, and her now-2-and-a-half-week-old chicks who will grow up to be full-size chickens. (Looking like 2 cockerels and 2 Turken pullets but time will tell.)
DS is ecstatic that we have Turken chicks. He's hoped for that ever since we got the three original Turkens (Turkey, Echa and Misha) as part of a day-old chick order. DH is very pleased that "his girl, Echa" came through with a chick after several weeks of impatient waiting. And I'm trying to figure out how we can set up another two chick pens because Mrs. Badger, the grey Silkie in the backyard, and Amelia Earhart, one of the new Turkens added to the mobile pen April 30, are both determined to brood their eggs. When it rains it pours.