Sunday, April 24, 2016

Peep show

I was saddened to lose the peep a few days ago, but as luck would have it, another one hatched out. I backed the lamp away, put water, and a small amount of food in the cardboard box and this one survived. I didn't mention it earlier because I was afraid it too would make it.

Today, I put the new peep in the yard with the mother hen and the older chicks. It immediately fit in with the siblings as they scratched and peck the ground. Each time the mother hen scratched away the pine straw, all three chicks would rush under her feet pecking at anything that moved. They are fun to watch.

After a long while standing in the pen, they became accustomed to my presence, which allowed me to creep close enough to snap a picture. The last time I tried to shoot one, I walked up close and one of
the tiny peeps freaked, wiggled through the chicken wire, and ran with wild abandoned while its mother tried to flog me.

After a few tense moments, the little bird wiggled back through the fence, and all was calm.

Today was a restful day. I hope your day was a good one too.




14 comments:

  1. I am glad one the chicks survived and is back living with its mother... yay... success ...

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  2. Glad you saved a chick. Love reading about their struggle, and have incorporated the hens behavior into a pending post of my own.

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  3. Stop scaring the chicks!!

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  4. Nature finds a way...life.

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  5. Ive been waiting to hear how the chicks were doing. Of course they were ok with your presence this time...You saved one of her chicks. Maybe they know??? Sorry to hear you lost one though.
    Lisa

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  6. Yesterday was a great day, hopefully today is another one ! I enjoyed seeing the chicks!

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  7. I do love a story with a sweet ending(and a new beginning). Nice shot, reminds me of mama's chicken lot.

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  8. Loved the PEEP SHOW

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  9. Aw, sweet! They are so adorable.

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  10. So cute! Thanks for the peep show.

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  11. Oh I am so happy that one of the chicks survived! I was worried that the heat from the bulb might cook the egg. And how nice that the hen took it right into the family.

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  12. Silkies were a favorite of mine a while back and I had a hen that hatched a ridiculous amount of chicks. She was a one-hen wonder. I could have supplied the whole South with silkies. But it never got old; I love watching them.

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  13. I had a pretty good weekend, yesterday was spent at home washing and being with my daughters and 3 out of 4 grandchildren

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