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Well, the waiting and wondering is over.  It has taken thirty-six hours but I now know exactly how many chicks Ginger has.

It is hard to count chicks, they keep moving around, hiding under their Mother.  Then they pop out the other side while a different one hides.

At first I counted four.

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Still shy and hiding under Mom.

Then they became braver, and started eating, but still just four.

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Then there were five.

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Finally there were six!

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All very healthy and very cute.

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Good job Ginger!  Morris Brook’s first hatched at home chickens!

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It takes twenty-one days for chicks to hatch. Google says it is possible to hear peeping after the nineteenth day.  Yesterday was day twenty so out to the barn I went.  I sat down beside the little maternity ward and waited.  Of course all the other chickens had to come in and see what I was up to.  Then they started eating, very noisily.  The birds were chirping outside, the bees were buzzing, but not a peep from under Ginger. She just sat quietly and watched the world go by.

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I left the barn and headed back to the house.  Then I heard it…peeping!  It wasn’t coming from the chicken barn.  I looked up to the roof of the pole shed and there they were.

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Baby robins, cheeping away.

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Four of them with their mouths open, waiting for Mom to come back with food.  I guess Ginger isn’t the only one who has been sitting on a nest for a while.

In the evening I went back to the chickens to give them their barley.  Nellie was already inside (she has been spending a lot of time sitting beside Ginger) so I went in to give her some barley too.  While she was eating away I heard it again.  Peeping…this time from inside the chicken barn.

I sat back and quietly watched.  The peeping continued and after a minute or two Ginger stood up a bit to adjust her postion.  Then I saw it…a broken shell.

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A chick had hatched!  I sat for a while longer and the next time Ginger moved I saw another egg with a little hole in it.

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So my worries that Ginger’s twenty-one day vigil might be in vain were over.  She had babies…I don’t know how many, but I am pretty sure at least two have hatched.

This morning I went out and there is still peeping.  Ginger moved a little bit and I saw one chick.  Now I sit…waiting and wondering, how many chicks will there be?

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