I left Miss Frizz in her nest box in the hen house fully intending to move her the day before the eggs were to begin hatching. Unfortunately when I got home from work on friday I could hear peeping...I was very excited and found a wee little wet yellow chick under Miss Frizz! But there were two eggshells and I searched in vain underneath her for another chick. Sadly, I found it not far from the nest boxes and it had been pecked to death. Then I noticed poor Miss Frizz's head...all those black marks are peck marks. She must have been defending her first born and got rather beat up for her efforts. Fortunately, she went back to her nest and hatched the little one above. Those two chicks hatched on day 20- not day 21!
This is the first time we have had chicks hatched under the hen. The kids were able to hold those eggs up to their ears to hear the chicks peeping inside...truely magical. The chicks behavior is incredibly different than our experience last year with those that came from the hatchery. Miss Frizz has all sorts of noises coded in chicken that she uses to try to tame and teach them. The poor thing can't get a bite to eat without being harrassed by her babies. Oh, and she is still sitting on the other two eggs...we'll leave them there another week to see if they are fertile.