In July, in my garden journal post, I announced that we are expecting new chicks to hatch at our chicken coop. It turned out that things didn't happen as smoothly as I would like and after a lot of unfortunate moments and three hens that started hatching but changed their mind later, we ended up with three new chicks. It was much less than what we expected but it was better than nothing. Anyway it is a conscious decision not to buy poultry from the store and always try to be as close to natural breeding as possible. So we welcomed the new members of our chicken coop and wished for better luck next year!
The first weeks of their lives, we keep the newborn chicks in a protected cage, under the care of the hen that hatched them. But after a while we let them roam freely at the designated fenced area. The fence though, is enough to keep dangerous field animals out but not the flying predators like hawks. And even though our hens don't have problems with hawks, they are a considerable hazard for small chicks. Long story short, we missed the two out of the three newborns and the one in the first pictures of this post, is the one and only that survived to reach puberty!
Obviously I didn't actually see a hawk taking the young poultry but it is a solid guess. If I am wrong I apologise to the hawk community for the slander :)
In the picture above you can see the young chick with the hen that hatched the egg and in the picture below is the hen that I am guessing that laid the specific egg. Do you see the resemblance?
This is the one of the two roosters of the coop and potential father of the chick. Actually he is the second in hierarchy so the chances of fatherhood, are in favour of the other rooster but I like this one better plus that he is much more cooperative during the photo-shooting :)
I am ending this post with a few more pictures of some of the rest hens. In total we have 14 hens, 2 roosters and the new kid, so you just saw about half of our poultry population!
That's all for today, greetings from Crete where we are still waiting for the winter to come :)
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Daww. They're pretty cute. Do they produce any/many eggs for you?
Most of the year they produce enough eggs for the both of us and in the late spring / early summer even more!
Thank you very much @qurator and @ackhoo for your ongoing support, I really appreciate it!
One more member for the henhouse and he looks very handsome, I understood that he is a male, correct me if I am wrong, I congratulate you for not buying poultry and prefer to hatch them to grow in your henhouse, I am sorry that only this one, now teenager is the only survivor, let's hope that this year more eggs and chicks are achieved.
PS: you made me laugh with your apology to the Hawk community.
Thank you very much for stopping by and taking the time to read my post!
I am guessing that this is a female chicken although I am never sure until they get older :)
Thank you for the PS too. I am always reluctant in making jokes in English and I am relieved to hear that someone got it :)
The last kid standing indeed @fotostef... Best luck for next time. As the saying goes, don't count the chicks while the eggs are not hatched, well, I guess, even when it is already hatched, you can really not be so sure because hawks might snatch it anytime🤣.
Anyway, I wish you'll have more chicks and more yield to your poultry farm.
Thank you very much, I hope you wish will come true :)
These chickens are pretty!!! Nice photos