After milk chores I went to check on Dawn and she had left the nest with her brood. I snapped a couple pics in the grass and then we gathered up the keets and put them in a cooler. We slowly walked the cooler over to the coop and she followed like a champ.
They are all in there now and we'll leave them for a few days - maybe a week - to keep the cats from having snacks. Then we'll free range 'em and hope for the best. I do not expect all of them to make it, but we'll see.
In total we found 13 keets, saw one unhatched egg that looked to have been kicked out of the nest ages ago and that only leaves one unaccounted for. Much better than the last go 'round.
Two of the little guys are whites like their mama and the rest look like they'll be some kind of color. What's interesting is that it looks like we may have a third coloring - other than the Dads' lavender. Look at the difference in the heads and bodies on the darker ones. It will be interesting to see what they turn out to be.
We are so jazzed.
Here are a few piccies. Eeeeeeeee!
A funny note. When Christian came in this morning to announce hatching, I had just received a pop-up reminder from our Outlook calendar, "Look for Peep Peeps" - due in 17 hours. I was pretty close on that. And super dorky to use Outlook to track incubation.
Hmmm. Where to Start?
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