An eggsellent story: Speaking of meat chickens, the meat chicks finally arrive in town this morning and I went and got 6 for our small back yard/coop. I had planned to sneak in to the coop tonight and place the chicks under Mrs. PJ, our silkie hen, as I thought her eggs had gotten cold and were bad. Well when I got home an hour (1PM) ago I began to wonder about sneaking in a chick early. We went out to check on Mrs. PJ and she had a little one sticking it's head out. Well we thought perhaps now would be a good time so we took one of the meat chicks out and put it under her, she sat right back down and began her momma clucking sounds. Well we couldnt resist, took the rest out and while my wife held momma I placed the rest in the nest (she hatched two of her own). When the wife placed her back on her nest it was all nice momma clucking sounds and all of the chicks went under her. Those little guys liked the warmth and I guess they decided that Momma PJ was just the right momma they were looking for. I had sectioned off part of the coop so Momma PJ and the chicks are in there. For baking we are thinking somewhere in the 10 to 12 weeks to dressing size for our freezer. Well know more about that as these are Costa Rica birds and may differ in time to reach a good weight. Being Momma PJ is willing to take on the chicks we may just raise bakers with her and see if our Bantam hen, Henrietta, will also raise meat chicks but with her we were thinking more like fryers around 8 weeks or so, she raised two regular egg hens from eggs this last time she went broody. We might get by with 4 chicks under her, I plan to replace her eggs with golf balls till she starts setting then replace the golf balls with chicks when she isnt looking. Anyway it is a good day in Los Angeles Sur de Alajuela, Costa Rica in spite of the rain, it has rained for 12 days, a fellow down the road is building something he is calling an Ark, said something about animals and the drains backing up). There is joy in Mudville tonight!