Baby Chicks

My hens are getting old and it is time to renew the flock.

One of my hens got broody, which means she sits on whatever eggs are availalble. 

I found someone to sell me some fertile eggs for her to sit on, and the countdown began..

21 days..19..18..17..16..15..14...3 she began clucking softly

2 days.. more soft clucking sounds

1 day.. I hear soft peeping sounds coming from the nest. The picture below is the three little peepers beside momma hen who is showing them how to peck for food. 

baby chicks day 1

Now I have three young peepers, which is what I call baby chicks.

Day 2, they are eating on their own.Day 2, eating on their own

To learn more about raising chicks, you might want to check out these online books.

Kids Guide to ChickensChicken WHispererChicken Art

We also have some interesting facts avaialble through our databases: WorldBook

You can sew your own baby chicks at Creativebug