I took that picture and made the video below just last Thursday, and very sadly on Friday morning, I found one of the chicks had died. It's always hard to know what happened when you just find them laying there -- we did have some pretty boisterous storms come through Thursday night with some very loud thunder claps, and so maybe there was some panic in the cage area; or perhaps the chick was just ill; or maybe it got bit by something. But, the Lord is the owner of the chickens, so He can certainly do what He wills with them, although we always ask for help to take care of the gifts and provisions He graciously and mercifully grants.
One night, I heard some odd thumping going on outside. I tracked down the sound, and it was coming from under our 3-point shredder implement! Huh?
Here's a picture of the shredder:
Well, I looked under, and there was a hen walking around with eggs all over the place. And then.....I saw a young skunk too! I was able to grab the hen, and eventually shoo out the skunk, ready to shoot it, but it got away. We pulled out all of the eggs from under the shredder, not sure exactly what to do, although I believe we were just going to put the hen in a cage area in the summer kitchen with her eggs. And then I noticed....one was hatching as I held it! Oh wow....ok, so we took it and all of the eggs, and indeed put the hen and the eggs in the summer kitchen.
And, well, that little chick made it! And here it is with it's mommy:
Some days later, another chick started hatching too, although it was taking a long time; and so, I helped it a little, and it did finish hatching out, but never really could stand up to walk at all (it was able to stay upright unlike Tiny from the third hatching, but just not stand). We tried keeping it alive with goat milk, hoping it would get stronger, but sadly, it died a couple of days later.
But, even this single chick that made it was a nice surprise, especially given the circumstance of its incubation and what was happening while it was beginning to hatch!
Here's the video of the sixth hatching, with all eight chicks at the time, and the seventh hatching:
We are very grateful to God again for granting these new chicks, and the general continued health and safety He has granted!