April Fool’s Hatch

Spring has sprung.

Dandelions are in bloom.

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Poppies are blooming.

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Lilacs are in bloom.

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There are buds on the roses.

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The rosemary bushes are humming with honey bees.

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The weeds are growing like weeds.

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And, we woke up to snow on April 1st!

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But the true sign that spring has truly sprung on The Egg Farm, is when baby chicks start to hatch!

Five new Icelandics joined our flock.

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This one quickly appointed itself in charge.

 

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These two agreed that a blonde should be in charge.

 

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Wellsumer eggs from my friend Kelly yielded a male and a female. The little girl has bait of an attitude. Love the eyeliner! The males don’t have pronounced eyeliner like the females.

 

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We’re thrilled with the new chicks and you’ll be seeing more of them as spring moves into summer. The next batch of eggs will go into the incubator next week along with the arrival of an order of baby chicks. In the meantime, here is a little time lapse video of the hatch.

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