On June 15 my wife went out to peek at her and noticed cracked egg shell.
chicken tractor tonight. I propped up the front of it and they wondered in there. Then I pulled out the prop. I think they'll be better off in there. Last night they slept under the coop and the night before that I had to help them in. The chicks aren't big enough to get up the ramp and into the coop on their own.
One of the chicks didn't make it. It hatched and it's legs moved a little bit, but it never got up and ran around like the others. On the second day it was cold and stiff. As luck would have it... The neighbor I got the fertilized eggs from had some in an incubator. Two of them were further along than she thought and they hatched! So she brought them over and we stuck them under this chicken. It's hard to count them, but we think there are 11. That math doesn't work out in my mind (9 hatched, 1 died, 2 from the neighbor should be 10). I don't know. Maybe there are 10. Or maybe I stuck 13 eggs under her and 10 hatched. Whatever, all I know is that there are a lot of them. Maybe I'll even have enough that they won't all be eaten by hawks.