New since yesterday, the latest from Zelda and Puff's chicks and eggs.
A vigorous pipping came from under a wing. Another chick is breaking out!
The first chick to hatch bears a perfect resemblance to Zoltar, her bantam papa. Unfortunately she is not faring too well. It seems as though she came out too soon. She is frail and unsteady. We drop water in her beak and check her frequently. However long her life will be, we are trying to make it as good as possible. Her mamas are attentive too. Zoltar, was called Zoe as a chick, when we were wishing for a hen. His first daughter, will bear his first name... Zoe means life.
Happily, this second egg broke open with a confident pecking and pushing, and very little aide from the watchful mamas.
We sat closely, sighing and waiting, and eager for each new push, as the shell slowly broke apart.
Yellow, and bantam colors! Wet feathers, and limbs akimbo.
She has her mama's blue beak, and her father's variegated feathers... browns and golds. She seems stronger. Maybe her warmth and coaxing will encourage her sister. They nestled together right away, which was dear to see.
All eyes are on these little ones.
And nine more eggs are tucked safely away under wings and feathers.