Well, I never uploaded a video before, so I'm giving it a try today. This morning, when I went down to the brooder, all my chicks were sleeping so quietly. I took the feeder and water founts for a refill, and when I came back, they were cheeping and peeping and very ready for breakfast. I hope this video will give you an idea of the joy of watching 87 chicks have a feeding frenzy.
There are lots of different types of chicks in there - some buff orpingtons, Rhode Island Reds, barred rocks, frizzled cochins, silkies, along with a healthy helping of barnyard mixes. We hatched these to replace many of the birds we lost over the holiday. Some of the roosters will probably become stewing birds (a difficult choice, but we know they have been well cared for and had plenty to eat, and they won't be full of unknown quality feed, plus they will have run around in the barnyard and enjoyed their share of worms).
Stuffin has been doing a LOT of stretching in the last day or so. Her udder is a little bigger yet, and she was rubbing her sides on the cattle panel enclosure yesterday, which I understand can be a sign of her trying to position the baby. I continue to feel for ligaments and wonder if I am doing it right. I think I still feel them.
Here's the obligatory udder picture for Diane.
And here's Stuffin saying "Would ya quit buggin' me Mom? I'll have my baby when I'm good and ready, so stop poking my udder and be patient! And you tell that cow in Wisconsin that I'm always fashionably late."