Surprise Chicks


Broody Aster just wouldn’t give up her dream of hatching some eggs, so my neighbors brought over nine guinea eggs for her to sit on. But two of them hatched a week early — because they’re chicks! Chicken eggs incubate for twenty-one days, and guineas go for twenty-eight. A hen will get off her nest a couple of days after the first chicks hatch — she has to take care of those chicks and leave the rest of the eggs. I couldn’t stomach the idea of just letting the remaining seven guinea eggs die, so I’ve brought the chicks in. (And Aster is still sitting on the others, whew.)

M is thrilled! She loves chickens, especially the little fuzzy ones. It’ll be interesting to see what they look like as their feathers grow in. The first little wing feathers look the same as our Buff Orpingtons, but I know the neighbors don’t have any BOs. The eggs were pretty small, just a little bigger than the guinea eggs — maybe bantams? But one of their roosters is a huge Barred Rock (I think). The plan is for all the chicks/keets to go back to the neighbors once they’re old enough, but a Barred Rock cross would be an interesting addition to our flock. Maybe they won’t notice if I swap it with a larger BO-mutt!

2 thoughts on “Surprise Chicks

  1. Sounds like things are going well! I’m heading through minissota today on hwy 2, going east. Any recommendations for camping and/or food? Gf-vegan is the kicker.

    1. Hmm, looks like you might be passing by Duluth? They have a nice selection of restaurants that might be able to meet your needs. I know Pizza Luce does vegan, and I wouldn’t be surprised if they have GF options, although I can’t promise they do. Chester Creek Cafe and Duluth Grill have both been recommended to me for veggie/vegan options, but I haven’t been to either of them. Jay Cooke state park is to the south of Duluth. I think it’s a popular one, but they might have campsites available on a Monday. I’ve never camped anywhere up north, though, so I can’t give any first-hand recommendations!

      You’ll pass through Grand Rapids before you get to Duluth, and that’s probably the next biggest city up there. I’ve never been, though! Sorry I can’t help more!

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