[FONT=georgia,palatino]We got our little ones on 22 July 2009 from My Pet Chicken. They hatched that prior Monday, 20 July 2009. We had 9 little ones...2 Plymouth Rocks, 2 Buff Orpingtons, 2 Black Australorps, and 3 Easter Eggers, all hopefully pullets. We had 2 Easter Eggers left from our prior flock...and Esther desperately wanted to be a mommy :( She has been broody for a good while now... and seems to be more frequent no matter what we tried. So, we decided that since we were planning to get more chicks anyway...we would let Esther live out her dream of being a Chicken Mommy. [/FONT]​

[FONT=georgia,palatino]Sadly, we lost one of the Plymouth Rocks that morning soon after arrival...she passed away in my hands, I think it was a failure to thrive, or travel trauma, personally.
This is the temporary brooder...they were only in there for a few hours...long enough for us to make sure they were ok, and that they were doing well enough to be introduced to their foster mommy that night after it got dark.

[FONT=georgia,palatino]Darkness came, and we gathered up the very fat, fluffy, and silly feathered golfballs to take the long trek to the back garden to meet Esther. We opened the nesting box, and slipped the eggs out from under her...and she woke up slightly as we did so. We took the first chick and placed it under her...and she came alive :) Such a look of joy I have never seen on a birdie face before...and as we slowly added more chicks... you could feel how happy she was. I was up ALL night checking on them, cos I was afraid that she would reject them, tho I didnt think it would happen.
The next morning, we saw a very VERY happy Esther beaming away in her brooder.... making happy clucks at her FINALLY hatched eggs :)
This is the usual scene atm...


[FONT=georgia,palatino]She is an awesome mommy!!!
And, the chicks now have names....
Buff Orpingtons (2): Potpie and Nugget
Black Australorps (2): Kizzy and Georgia
Plymouth Rock (1): Chrissy (after Christmas Snow since she will be a lovely white lady)
Easter Eggers (3): Cleo, Porsche, and Noodle
[FONT=georgia,palatino]They are growing so fast!!!! How can you resist fuzzy butts and faces like this ? :)[/FONT]