Saturday, April 3, 2010
Joys and Sorrow of Good Friday
Stafford male was trio paired with the below Stafford hen. The second hen is due to hatch Wednesday.
She laid five eggs. Each time I saw them, they looked darker!!
What Joy I felt on Good Friday when my first chicks of the season began to hatch!! Click on the photo to enlarge and notice the small piping hole on the egg on the left. At this stage on the 14th day, one should not interfere. If you assist too soon and you see any blood, the chick will die or the egg yolk may not be absorbed yet.
Third chick needed a little help to get the lid off its head and one foot was stuck in the shell. If there is any question of whether the chick is stuck to the egg lining, wet the area with a little water before assisting the chick. This will avoid chick injury.
Finally all five chicks hatched!!
Later in the day on Good Friday, I was filled with Sorrow when my favorite Border hen (876 - 06) passed. Having not shown any signs of illness, I am still in shock..
This special bird was given to me by Don Platt at the Tulsa Bird Show a couple of years ago. She was always so beautiful from every angle that I never failed to admire her every time I went in the aviary! Besides her striking face which looked like a smile, she always made eye contact with me and it is hard to explain how connected I felt to her. She will be sorely missed!