Who’s a good chicky momma?

LOL – well…. everyone has been asking to update on the chicks.  Yeah, lemme tell you, I was told that I should set double the amount of eggs that I wish to have chicks.  I was told 50% hatch rate.  I figured I could take another 14, minus roosters, so maybe I would end up with about  7 to 10 new hens… sounded good.  So I set 28 eggs in incubators.  I ended up having 26 out of those 28 hatch.  Ummm… guess I’m not a bad chick momma? Of course, this entire process was not without other interesting factors…

One of the chicks was born deformed (this was a black and copper maran that I had the eggs shipped from E Bay) and unfortunately, we had to face culling the chick after I tried a little “chicken orthopaedics” which included splints and a teacup (long story).  Some of the chicks were “shrink wrapped” and I was performing “surgery” on them to remove the shrink wrapped membrane.  The chick below hatched too early, and had some bleeding, so I had to carry it around for a while, keeping it warm until the bleeding stopped…

hatched chick

We just finished finding homes for 9 of the 26 we had, but then a bearded silkie hatched underneath one of my broody hens out in the coop, so I had to rescue her once she was pecked in the face… she’s doing very well now… anyway, I snapped a few natural light images the other day of a few of our little ones…

This is an “olive egger”. I bred our ameraucana rooster with both barred rocks and rhode island reds, so this is one of the rhode island red crosses, and should have olive-colored eggs. The barred rock crosses are all black with a little bit of white on them (not shown)

hatched chick

These are ameraucanas on the left (they lay blue eggs) and two black and copper marans (from E Bay) on the right (they lay almost a chocolate brown egg)…  Do you see a theme?  I’m collected all different colored egg layers.  Hopefully by fall, we will have white, pinkish cream, beige, blue, olive, and chocolate brown – and yes, of course, I will update with egg pictures 😉

hatched chick

And here’s our little designer chicks for fun… these are bearded silkies, assorted colors… all six that I set hatched out just fine… When these grow up, you will not see their eyes… the tufts on their heads and beards under their beaks will make them look like a fluffball with a beak… LOL!

hatched chick

About Jodie Otte

Maryland Newborn Photographer and Child Portrait Artist, Jodie Holstein-Otte, specializes in unique photography of newborn babies, kids, and families. She works on location in Harford, Howard, Cecil, Anne Arundel, Baltimore and other areas throughout Maryland. She uses both both natural lighting and soft studio lighting techniques.