Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Pippi...

At 11 days old...
mama hen left off brooding over this egg

knowing there was a chick growing inside...
and not sure what to do...
I set the egg in a basket in some old linen with a lamp over it...
but, didn't clean it so as not to disturb the protective bloom on the eggshell

after another 10 days of watching and turning the egg...
if you look closely...


you can see the little crack at the bottom of the egg


much to my surprise and delight...
a tiny chick pipped her way into the world


I made sure she was completely detached from the egg on her own...
so as not to make a mistake in injuring her

at this point, I'm pretty sure she was imprinting herself on me as I cared for her


making sure she was kept well warm and out of drafts


she slept for the next few hours as she dried...
and imprinted even more on me


on the second day...
I took her outside to warm up with the sun
she took to it with a lift of her tiny wee wing


over the next couple of days...
I took her to the garden and we hunted for tiny worms


and she loved the sun some more


she eats well and drinks plenty of water


and now, everyday in the mornings...
she goes outside with me to the gardens and pecks her way around...
learning to see what is good to eat and what is not


today, she is growing feathers and acting chicken
I keep her in a cage with food and water when I cannot give her complete attention

later, when she is old enough...
she will be integrated into the rest of the flock...
free ranging to her heart's content


her name is Pippi

of course, she could be a he

someday in the not too distant future...
we shall find out : )


May your day or night be sweet in the grace of God.

11 comments :

  1. That is amazing! Thanks for sharing!

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  2. O, what a sweet animal! I love Pippi! Thank you for sharing this pictures. My kids are glad with it!

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  3. Oh my....what a wonderful little thing.

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  4. Hi Jean you must be a really good mommy! I think you will have a little friend for a long time. There are even sweet messages in all things that we get to experience.
    Choose life :)
    Blessings, Roxy

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  5. Oh how sweet so glad you were able to help her or him a little along the way ~Love Heather

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  6. Amazing is the only way to describe God's creation! I love to visit here my friend. Thank you for sharing.

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  7. Oh my goodness, how sweet is this? Yes, this one will be be a pet forever. What an amazing moment to be able to be a part of.

    Blessings,
    Pam

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  8. Oh, how completely adorable! You make a good Momma for a little chicky! She/he(?) is beautiful!

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  9. I don't know when I last read something so delightful! You are a wonderful chickie midwife! I am thoroughly charmed.

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