It’s been quite a week on the Smallholdings, with five chicks currently warming themselves, eating crumb, drinking water and dashing around in their brooder and another smaller two in our Blue Peter-style plastic box version, also under a lamp, but still dining on mashed up hard-boiled yolk and white. They are, hopefully, just a little behind their older siblings – I noticed that the pair had also started feathering up, which is a good sign.
To think that when James hatched them out they looked bedraggled and helpless, lying on the floor of the incubator is incredible – they now seem to be fully functioning miniature Ixworths now. When I had a little time to reflect on the whole process, I thought how lovely it was that the eggs from our flock of hybrids are sustaining the new deliveries in the first few days of their lives – and us, our friends and family, of course! I’m now looking forward to a weekend of chick-watching (among other doing things, of course!).