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I checked on Madonna when I went out to start on my chicken pen yesterday. Sure enough, I heard PEEPING!
I couldn't resist and had to check out the new arrival. How adorable. It looks like a baby chipmunk! ;-) I had no idea what to expect as I've never had a chicken hatch eggs before.
I only kept this little cutie out long enough to take a couple of pictures and then let Mom tuck it safely back into the warmth of her feathers. As she was doing so, I noticed that another egg was also hatching!
Several hours later I took both babies out for their first photos:
Since it was obvious that I was not going to get the new chicken pen completed in time to feel it was safe to leave Madonna and her babies outside in it, I decided to move the new family into a dog crate. Unfortunately, in the process of moving the box containing the nest, one of the unhatched eggs rolled out! Needless to say, Madonna only has one more egg left to hatch. I think it must have been the last egg laid that fell out as there was no evidence of a baby chick in it.
Progress photos this morning show two, healthy baby chicks (if you 'biggify' this photo, you can see that the chicks already have fuzzy feet and legs!) and Mom still sitting on the remaining egg.
I don't know that Madonna ever leaves the nest so I've put a bowl of chicken food in it for her and I give her sips of water each time I check on her. She is still my little baby Madonna.... ;-)