The final count on my Silkie baby hatchlings is... 25!
Or is it 24.... or 26?
(Whoever said not to count your chickens before they hatch obviously never tried to count them after they hatched....)
The "Fraker Farm Mother of the Year" award has to go to my splash Silkie hen, Freida- who has been given the monumental task of raising all these babies. The eggs were incubated the "natural" way (by hens instead of an incubator), so the chicks all hatched out at different times. They range in age from 2 weeks to 2 days.... every time one hatched I gave it a few hours to dry and fluff up, then it was off to the "maternity ward" with Freida so the chickie's mother could stay put on any unhatched eggs she was sitting on.
Freida herself hatched out 8 babies, and the other chicks were from three different hens. Why didn't I let them each raise their own, you ask? Well, I only have one coop set aside for raising chicks, and since Freida seemed to be the most "motherly" by gladly taking in each chick I handed her, she got the job.
And even though she seems to have all the right instincts, raising 25 young-uns' ain't no small feat.
If you think about it, that is a lot of Happy Meals....
After the recent heat wave we had, I decided to go for a cooler haircut this summer... most of the year I keep my hair a little below the shoulder or even longer, but I realized it was just way too hot right now, especially when we were in the middle of putting up hay.
Here it is from the back..... still not real short, but the shortest it's been in a long time.
There is a down side to my new "do", however....
A lot more of the silvery-looking stuff is showing through now... YIKES!
Happy Tuesday, everybody!