Sunday, April 22, 2012

Providence's Perpetuation Provisions: First New Chicks of 2012

Last year, the Lord granted that some of our hens would be broody and sit on eggs -- something that hadn't really happened much until then. Well, God has continued to be gracious in that way, granted one of our hens to get broody; and by God's graces, she hatched out 13 new chicks out of 14 eggs!

We've since lost one, but here is a picture of them:

New Chicks Hatched Early April 2012


And a quick video:




Along with this hen, we suddenly had an avalanche of broody hens! We've had a hard time finding where to put them, but we put one in our chicken coup in the chicken pen, and turned our summer kitchen into a chicken nursery.

Here's one sitting in the piano room:

2012 Spring Chick Nursery in Piano Room

And another in the summer kitchen area:

2012 Spring Chick Nursery in Summer Kitchen


And the pantry:

2012 Spring Chick Nursery in Summer Kitchen Pantry


There are two (sometimes three in two nests) more in the main chicken tractor that we're not sure where to put, but hopefully we will figure that out before the chicks hatch (if the Lord wills).

We are very grateful to the Lord for granting this "problem," and we pray for continued healthy hatchlings, according to His will.

-- David

2 comments:

Craig Medicraft said...

Wonderful, that is good news, what breed of hen are they? I have just hatched out 35 Barred Rock chicks here in Nova Scotia, but I have come to believe by Mr Bunker's book off-off grid that we might be better served with broody hens and not an electric incubator in our future. God bless

David and Susan Sifford said...

Hi Mr. Medicraft,

This one was a Rhode Island Red, which have sometimes been broody in the past. But Game Hens and Australorps apparently are known for become broody often, which the other hens in the pictures I believe are (or are at least partially).

This much broodiness is a very different experience for us, but we are very thankful to the Lord for Him granting them to be broody.

Thanks for saying hello!

-- David