Elaine and I thrilled to announce that one of our heritage Rhode Island Red hens, Mary, has hatched out three chicks, doing so on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week. Mother and offspring are doing well, and are living in our basement in a pen.
We learned from talking with other chicken rearers that Mary's fellow hens would likely kill her chicks, so we moved the hen and eggs into our basement on Sunday. That proved to be a no time to spare relocation, as the eggs started hatching on Tuesday morning.
Unfortunately, Mary abandoned her six other eggs as she seemed consumed with rearing the three that had hatched.