Saturday, March 31, 2012
Updating this story, our novice mom successfully hatched one chick from her clutch of 10 eggs. She was a very diligent setter, but it was not clear that she had mastered the important nuances, such as the need to rotate each egg daily to assure appropriate development of the chicks.
Not to worry, she's a very good post-hatch mom, taking care to protect her chick from the rest of the flock and the other hazards of the big world. The little one is energetic and fearless, keeping mom on her toes constantly. In honor of Leela and Anna, recent visitors from Australia and New Zealand, the little one will be referred to as "chook."
We have high hopes for mom's future endeavors.