Christmas surprise

The old mean hen set a clutch of eggs and hatched out four little chicks!  Technically, she hatched three, and then she left the nest with the peeps, but Ted found a pipped egg while cleaning out the nest box. He brought it inside, and we put it in the incubator, and it hatched that afternoon!

 This pic looks red because of the heat lamp in the henhouse. See the little chick near the mama hen’s head?

He set the little chick under the mama hen that night, and all four are doing well – and it’s been a week!  I was so shocked that she hatched eggs in DECEMBER!  We’ve never had that happen on our farm before!

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