The Momma’s Day Trio

 

We three, have arrived! Aren’t they the cutest?! Now that I can see them, I am guessing that the two black and whites are Australorp/Easter Egger and the little striped golden baby friend is straight Easter Egger.

Over the course of about 36 hours, starting on Mother’s Day afternoon, all three of these little buddies hatched out. After a day or so resting and drying off all up in mom’s fluff (No really, new chicks don’t just huddle under mom, they will also crawl up under her and into her plumage. Cozy!), they were ready to come out and start learning how to live a good chicken life.

Mom has kicked up her vocalizations with them quite a bit today. She needs everyone’s full attention as she starts to teach them what’s good to eat. A new chick is such an ardent student, too. I have often times seen them just transfixed on mom’s face waiting for her to show them something new. It’s sweet to watch them learn and grow.

There’s still one more egg on the nest, and it’s receiving all the best in incubation technique, but I don’t think it’s going to hatch. It might not have been fertile to begin with; these things are always a crapshoot.

So three out of four ain’t bad, and we’re enjoying watching our first Littles of the season get their start.

dove egg
Looks like perhaps the blustery, post-rain wind did some dove nest decluttering today.

I came across this little dove egg (I think) on the walk home from the coops, so I guess we’re not the only ones with congratulations in order.

Life is good.

 

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