A Chicksplosion!

We live rurally, so we do a few rural things. One of those things is to have chickens. It’s fabulous to always have fresh eggs to eat!

For grins, my husband decided to incubate a bunch of eggs to see what we’d get. We’ve done this before. The ultimate goal is to actually breed and raise certain breeds of chickens, you know, for when the zombie apocalypse happens (or more likely, an oil crisis). For now, it’s just to see how it works out. We have a bunch of adult hens and a rooster. We have friends who also have hens and roosters. It’s easy enough to get fertile eggs.

We put 41 eggs in the incubator three weeks ago.

Thursday night, we got a surprise.

Hello. I'm adorable.
Hello. I’m adorable.

Friday was fairly quiet, with two new chicks later in the day.

Look how cute we are.
Look how cute we are.

But then Friday night and into Saturday…

Peep heap.
Peep heap.

Chickens everywhere. Adorable chickens. Squee chickens.

If I sleep on the food then I don't have to worry about making a mess of the bed.
If I sleep on the food then I don’t have to worry about making a mess of the bed.

Chickens for the cats to study.

Toby checks out the new house guests.
Toby checks out the new house guests.

They’re still hatching even now. We knew as of Monday that we had 37 viable eggs (four had not developed), so we may wind up with as many as 37 chicks. But we won’t count them until they’re all hatched!

Two hot chicks. *snort*
Two hot chicks. *snort*

I can’t wait to see what they all grow into!

Published by paleololigo

Scientist (Paleontology, Geochemistry, Geology); Writer (Speculative and Science Fiction, plus technical and non-technical Science); Mom to great boy on the Autism spectrum; possessor of too many hobbies.

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