Day 22 – We see another chick! Now we have 8 new baby chicks. Broody hen though still sitting on the eggs and being patient, even with all the baby chicks hopping around. They of course have found the feeder and waterer and are busy filling their gizzards. Broody hen too, can reach the feed and water and has indulged herself in a much needed meal and drink.
About half way through the day, she gets off the nest and went down the run a little ways to do her business. It was huge, and of course, 21 days of stored up odor, all released at one time.
While she was briefly off the nest, we could see that she hatched out the remaining blue egg. We were hoping the blue eggs would both hatch. With a Welsummer rooster in the mix, the dark brown and blue might mix to give us some green color eggs. Well, the blue eggs had to hatch, and with both hatching, we are now hoping at least one of the two chicks from the blue eggs is a hen. Time will tell.
The broody hen continued to sit on the remaining 4 eggs for the remainder of the day, but the next morning, was spending time in the run with the chicks as Momma Hen and no longer had any interest in the eggs on the nest.
I removed those four, knowing one was in the nest less than a week, and put the flashlight to the shell to candle the eggs. All four eggs were infertile.
So of the original 11 eggs, we got a 72.7% hatch rate, and of the fertile eggs, a 100% hatch rate.
We are quite excited and happy with our first batch of baby chicks from our first broody hen.