The babies are 3 weeks old now and are tired of being cooped up!
"Ma, I can't see! Move your wing!"
So Emmy took her babies outside for their first trip out of the trashcan and into the woods:
They didn't go too far from the coop at first:
But it's hard to herd 14 baby chicks, so she had to keep them moving:
They played on a tree stump:
One of the babeis got left behind - it's much easier to hop up than to jump down:
But Emmy went back for her - she's such a good momma! The babies ended their outing by having some cracked corn with Daddy:
Being that adorable sure is hard work!
Sometimes, when a rooster and hen love each other very much, this happens:
Mama hen, Emmy, hatched some babies in a trash can yesterday! She was sitting on 18 eggs, and I think most of those have turned into chicks through some sort of magic.
About half of them are chipmunk patterns, the other half are blue like their daddy. I'm resisting the urge to smoosh them all with love. Emmy is surprisingly tolerant of me sticking my head in her trash can to play with her babies. Look - the one on the right is still wet from the egg:
Anyhoo... if anyone needs more chickens, I have some extras now...
Jen & Dave Paul, owners & operators of Old Post Farm