The hens successfully hatched and kept alive a chick! And then I stole it and put it in with my two. There was another egg hatching, so I nabbed that one to round out the crew at four. From now on, I solemnly swear not to intervene. Unless the chick is alive and they’re being bad moms because I know I won’t be able to help myself. Even if I want to help myself.
Three of them look identical. The fourth is, I think, a Rhode Island Red and Cuckoo Maran mix. I don’t actually have that may Rhode Island for them to all be mothers, but they’re the only hens I have that lay light brown eggs I think.
I have no idea. The fourth is so much smaller than the other three and now I’m worried about bullying. Ordering chicks through the mail is so much less stressful.