I don’t even know what to say. This is just so sweet. My heart is so happy. I knew babies were coming today, as I marked it on my calendar immediately after giving this Mama a dozen eggs to sit on, so long as everything went well. And it did! I happened to catch this birth right when the baby cracked the shell in half and was just beginning to emerge. I just watched in awe. Birth will never cease to amaze me. Welcome to the world little one!
Mama hen is named Zephrym, a Silver Laced Cochin I got in my original flock. Never the best egg layer but by far my best mother. This is her third time hatching eggs. So dedicated. So perfectly fat and fluffy to accommodate keeping newborns warm. I’m about 95% sure this is actually her grandchild she’s hatched, which is so damn cool to think about. I have a soft spot for Zephy. The true miracle here is three weeks ago I had decided to cull her, and then she immediately went broody. And I took it as a sign that Mama Zephy needed to bring some babies into the world before she left. And I honored that. So I gave her some eggs. And here they are! All Easter Eggers: Ameraucana dad, and some are crossed with Black Australorp and some are crossed with the Wellsummer genetics I’ve bred, this being the fourth generation. The baby here (I’m pretty sure) is actually an Ameraucana Wellsummer/Silver Laced Cochin. I can’t wait to see what it grows up to look like!
So grateful to my Zephrym for sitting three weeks non stop, for putting up with so much, for bringing these babies into the world that otherwise wouldn’t be here. Moms are amazing.