= how many baby chicks we have on the farm as of today! That's right... six more joined the menagerie of critters entertaining us, and now you. I've never been good at math, but I can tell you that 1+11+13+6 = babies galore!
BBC (Brown Barn Chicken) disappeared not quite a month ago, leaving John's Chicken as the only hen at the barn, along with Admiral and Buddy Boy who is the last remaining rooster from last summer's batch of chicks. (All the other hens/roosters are in coops at different places on the farm.) But it would seem that BBC wasn't "gone" from the farm, just "missing".
Apparently she was sitting in a location completely out of sight on her own little (20+) nest of eggs! She managed to hatch 6 babies, and brought them out to hunt for bugs this morning. Alan came into the house to wake me after he obtained a count of the chicks. Barely conscious I slipped on my clogs, grabbed the camera, and went out to meet the new little flock.
BBC is an Easter Egger hen, and lays pretty green eggs. The pullets (pullets=girls) in this batch of chicks should lay green eggs too, since both Admiral and Buddy Boy are Easter Egger fellas and *should* carry the green egg laying gene, and pass it along to their offspring.
Their wing feathers are just barely starting to show, which leads me to believe that these babies hatched late yesterday. Their wing feathers will grow quickly and soon they will lose their unbearably cute fluffy fuzz and be a mix of new incoming feathers and thin fuzz as they outgrow their fluff.