My husband and I made an incubator out of a Styrofoam cooler, a lightbulb and some hardware cloth..oh, about 25 days ago. We loaded it with about 15 eggs from the hens. The kids and I made a little science project out of keeping track of the temperature and humidity.
Yesterday, Madi came out of the music room and said "I heard a chicken!". Sure enough, we had a peeping egg in the incubator! A few hours later, we saw this...
One tiny little crack...and a whole lot of peeping!
I woke up this morning and found this...
One little wet chick peeping his little heart out!
He has since been moved to our makeshift warmer. What a cutie!
I candled the other eggs yesterday. Sadly I think this will be our only hatch from these eggs.
This is our chick. I call him Peep. Madison has renamed him several times.
He hatched in the house under a warming light. I tried several times to take him out to his "mother", but she wouldn't care for him. So he has spent the last two weeks in my craft room, under a warming light, being carefully watched over by these two.
Yesterday, due to his noise level and odor control, he joined the rest of the flock in the coop. I peeped in on him late last night, expecting to find him in the corner alone, but was pleasantly surprised. I looked around the coop and then over at Henny Penny. There popped a little sweet head out from her tail feathers. :)
Our dastardly dogs ate our yard pool over the winter. This year I decided against getting another and instead bought season passes for Splash in the Boro. My idea is that it would force me to get out of the house and it would give the kids some social time with friends their own ages. Now, if I could only find a swimsuit.....
Indeed, we do have season passes, but I still needed a little place to keep the littlest of us cool and just a little spot where everyone could cool off for the day..hence, the triple pools on my deck!
One for the "bigs", one for the "mediums" and one for the "little". Now the little tried to get into the bigs pool but that didn't go so well. So under my watchful eye he stays in the little or medium pool.
There is fun to be had by all. We even hooked up a little caterpillar sprinkler to beat the heat.
Don't they look like they should be in a shampoo commercial? Lol!
Best of all, when the day is done, they get drained and tucked away....until it's time for more pool fun!