Thursday, May 15, 2008

Almost lost one

After finishing pipes yesterday, I went to check on the chicks. Pinky is still sitting on two eggs and has hatched out two chicks so far. Upon opening the coop door I see Pinky is off her nest and her two little chicks are running around exploring. I check her nest and see one of her eggs has started to hatch! The egg is cold... really cold... and I can see the tiny chick inside barely alive. Chicks need heat, and when Pinky got off to tend to her already hatched chicks she pretty much abandoned the other eggs. I tuck the uncracked egg under Baby Banty, who is still sitting on her own eggs, as well as the almost hatched one. I give her about ten minutes and feel the egg to see if it's heated up, but there's not much improvement. I decide to strip the shell away and place the fragile little chick directly under Baby Banty's breast, this little one needs heat and fast!

About 20 minutes later I'm amazed to see a healthy, although exhausted, little chick fully alive. Whew, that was close!

What surprises me even more is the face of this chick. It's markings I've never seen on my chickens before but cute as a button.

Both sides are almost identical.

After supper tonight Sydney and I took a few more pictures. It looks like the chick got into eyeliner pencil!

Other side.

I sure hope this one turns out to be a hen.


colourandlight said...

Oh wow, what an adorable chickie! I'm glad it survived. You should name it Cleopatra if it turns out to be a hen. :)

DaviMack said...

Adorable! Truly! You think you've got your own breed there, with the different markings?

Anonymous said...

Wow! Who brought out the eyeliner.

Kansas A said...

Hi ColourandLight, I think Cleopatra sounds like a great name, Cleo for short :)

shells said...

Maybe she's a goth chick!

dawn said...

Oh how wonderful it is saved. What beautiful markings. I hope it is a hen too. I love Shells' comment.

You obviously have a much better camera than we do as we have trouble getting the closeups.

Donna said... heart is smiling!! What a precious little baby! I hope it is a girl, too! (But why do you hope it is a you have to get rid of the roosters?)

Dora Renee' Wilkerson said...

Those are so neat! I love that video.

My poor chickens aren't doing so well. I free range during the day and put them in the chicken tractor at night.

One night I forgot to lock the tractor up. Something got them all but two!

I learned my lesson. Each night I double check my chicken tractor to make sure I locked it now.

Dora Renee' Wilkerson

PaintedPromise said...

aawwww i sure miss my chickens. someday i will have a few again!