Saturday, April 17, 2010

The Surrogate

It seems Sweet Pea would have been more appropriately named Sour Puss. Sweet she is not. She wants nothing at all to do with her babies. Once they hatch she looks at me as if she’s thinking, “Can you believe the nerve of these babies? Can’t they see I’m busy sitting on eggs.”

Clueless. Completely clueless.

I’m afraid the first little chick to hatch didn’t make it. But it’s really for the best as its eye was injured. Life is not easy for a one-eyed chicken. Old Jack can attest to that. But there are still seven other little peepers that are healthy and happy in the brooder.

All in all, this will be a good thing. The last small batch of chicks with Precious are as wild as a night on Daytona Beach. I couldn’t even get a picture of them, let alone touch them. I’ll never be able to catch them. But this batch-this batch I’ll have eating out of my hand…

It tickles.christinesig

11 comments:

Karen said...

Aww, you're a good momma! A featherless momma, but a good momma, nonetheless! :D

A Brit in Tennessee said...

Ooh their so sweet..
Nothing cuter than baby chicks.

thecrazysheeplady said...

ARGH!!! I can't get the video to load :-O. Stupid internets!!! I'll check back later as I'm sure it's just. too. cute.

Lori said...

The nerve of that mother!! They've got a great replacement.

The Barn Door said...

Oh they look so darling!! That momma hen doesn't know what she is missing!!

Mom L said...

You make me miss the days when I carried cracked corn on my walks around a small lake in MD to feed the Canada Geese! The big honkers hit too hard to handfeed them, but the little guys I called teenagers were perfect - they loved to eat from my hand and were pretty gentle about it - tickling the palm. Your little ones will definitely grow up used to Ms Hand feeding them!!

Nancy in Iowa

Renee said...

The girls just watched this with me. Imagine a three part "awe..."

John Gray jgsheffield@hotmail.com said...

so many blogs at this time have similar themes..its the time for chicks!!!!

Dianne@sheepdreams said...

So cute! No doubt it's more trouble to hand raise them, but it always makes them friendlier.

Whosyergurl said...

Christine, that is so peaceful and adorable. Now, if I could just figure out how to make your video loop so that I could fall asleep to that sweet peeping...
Hug you,
Cheryl

The Unusually Unusual Farmchick said...

Oh how I envy your new batch of peeps. This is our first year without chicks but I keep eyeing a few ducklings to fill the void..:)