She did it! Rochelle Rochelle hatched her second surrogate batch of chicks. Last spring was the first time she entered her broody stage. We were given eight fertilized eggs from the Chicken Man (Tony) and she hatched three chicks. It has literally been a couple of months this year-the end of May through July that she has sat inside the coop, waiting for eggs to hatch. We do not have roosters living at Harchut Farms so I picked up another batch of 18 fertilized eggs around 21 days ago from the Chicken Man. I know that sounds like a lot and believe me, I woke up one night with a start thinking “what if they all hatch??!!”
The number of chicks that hatch have been quite few in our experience of surrogate-hood. This year only three out of the five eggs that hatched survived. I spotted them for the first time on Tuesday and we confirmed tonight that there are three little, adorable chicks. Wish you were here, Kailyn and Ellie to see them and hold them.
Rochelle Rochelle is keeping them in the coop safe and warm under her wonderful feathers. They were exploring a bit tonight and I captured a few photos which are a little dark due to the coop lighting. I will update photos when they venture down the ramp. Too much fun!!