Originally Posted by ChicKat
Good luck with your hatch!
Every one that I have had pip has hatched itself -- so that's a good sign. (if yours are like mine) -- they are just a bit later. Mine have started shortening incubation to 20 days the little hooligans. They are really vigorous chicks.
Be sure to let everyone know the outcome.
That's so interesting - I only have an "n" of 2, but my earlier CL hatch was early (pips day 19, hatches day 20 for most), and for my current, I've got pips on day 19 again. Maybe Dumbledore carries the "impatient" gene... The littles are doing well outside - they had their first super-fierce thunderstorm last night and did just fine. They are all scared of me because the way I brooded them, I loomed a lot even though I tried not to (they were on the floor). I've been sitting in their growout tractor to get them more used to me, and though they almost all avoid me still, one of Paula's girls has decided to adopt me as her best friend - just like her mother (whom I still miss, she was my very first chicken and loved me an awful lot). She loves to jump up on my knee and shoulder. Here's a selfie we took yesterday - it's nearly identical to selfies I have of me and Paula.
I just finished the new brooder for the CLs in the hatcher (Lissa's babies - I was worried she might get sick with Marek's but she and Dumbledore have been resistant so far which is excellent). It's elevated because, in addition to not wanting to loom over the chicks, my back could NOT cope with brooding ANY more chicks at floor level - EVER!!!! (There's a divider because I'm also expecting some other chicks in the mail next week - German New Hampshires and Blue Copper Marans).
Originally Posted by BuffyBugSlayer
My husband and I were just musing about all the chicken related sayings there are..flown the coop, don't count your chickens before they hatch, hen pecked, eggs in one basket, mother hen, fox in the hen house, I could go on and on. Funny how much they have infiltrated our lexicon!
That's so funny that you say that, I was JUST thinking about this tonight and had started a list. Including sitting tight, taking someone under your wing, pecking order, etc., etc...
OK, I'm pooped - gotta go to bed. Still need to get the last bit of the brooder set up tomorrow morning before work...
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