Here's how it started... One morning, my dad and I were letting the animals out, and while Caroline was out in the barn, my dad was letting out the chickens with me. So, he let them out and then got out of the coop and did something.. and then he walked into the coop to check on the broody chicken whose eggs were due to hatch anytime. I followed him in the coop and he looked down at her.. and there he was, our first little chick! My dad started screaming... but it was only because he was soooo happy, and that we were all sort of doubting that any of them would hatch. He was a beautiful little thing! He was brown with a little yellow face and bottom. Oh gosh, so cute!
Anyway, Caroline came out of the barn, and we yelled at her to come see him. My mom and Lily, my older sister, were still sleeping, and so it was just us watching on and off for about an hour. I just got a plastic chair and put it in the coop so I could sit and watch him come in and out from under his momma. For about a week we were probably checking in at 5 second intervals.. and finally, I walked in and there's an egg cracked almost halfway in the middle, with a tiny, wet, struggling chick hatching out of it. I yelled for everybody to come watch, because none of us had seen this before. I thought it was a little weird that the chicken wasn't sitting on it, and it was, but once it was fully hatched (everyone was watching by this time), she picked it up and threw it. So my Mom ran in there and grabbed the chick, and we set up a place in my bedroom for him. AND THEN, about a week after that, my dad found a duckling running around! So we moved her in with Pickle (the white chick). So after that hectic month of bird events, we finally got to settle down and take care of the three of them. Caroline got to keep the duck that she named Tulula, and I got to keep Pickle. Now, this is November, and they hatched in June. I hadn't been writing anything because we are so busy, but I will let you know that Pickle and Tulula are fine. The first chick grew into a slightly aggressive rooster, so he had to be butchered. But that's another story! Anyway, thank you so much for reading!