Chickens & Ducks

The Story of How Wincey-the-Hen Became a Mum

new chicks

new chicksJust over three weeks ago the welsummer hatching eggs I ordered off eBay arrived. Wincey was taken out of her wooden chicken coop and placed into the red Eglu Go we reserve for new chickens. For now it was to become a maternity unit. A place for Wincey to sit, quietly and undisturbed, keeping those eggs warm.

Incubation takes 21 days. On Friday I moved Wincey into the shed into, believe it or not, a wooden rabbit hutch. It was perfect as a labour ward. As I transferred the eggs, they were all warm and incredibly light. I felt incredibly hopeful.

Then, the following day, on Saturday morning, I popped down to let the chickens and ducks out into the morning. And what should I find in the shed? Wincey, looking at me rather startled, as the egg was beginning to crack.

I announced with great excitement on snapchat and twitter, that the first chick was hatching. And I managed to capture those first few movements as the chick slowly made its way out into the world.

The footage isn’t always great quality as I alternated between the video function on my phone and snapchat. But I hope you like the film I made. Beginning with the day the eggs arrived in the post then showing first one, then two chicks.

I believe we have four chicks in total. I’ve seen three with my own eyes. One didn’t make it, sadly, and died as it was coming out. And one egg has failed to hatch.

So this is the story of how six hatching eggs became four chicks. You might also be interested in Wincey’s video diary of the incubation period.

The Story of How Wincey-the-hen Became a Mum from Helen || a bookish baker on Vimeo.
Music: Fargo by Riot.

extra clip of chicks from Helen || a bookish baker on Vimeo.

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  • Reply Judy

    That is absolutely beautiful, thank you for sharing. Such a proud mum and gorgeous chicks lucky to have such a lovely home.

    25th April 2016 at 10:44 am
    • Reply Helen Redfern

      Thank you, Judy. So pleased you liked it.

      26th April 2016 at 8:06 am
  • Reply AJ

    This is so lovely! I wish all chicks and chickens could have as happy a life as yours do. Such happiness! :-)

    25th April 2016 at 12:14 pm
    • Reply Helen Redfern

      Thank you, AJ xx

      26th April 2016 at 8:06 am
  • Reply Penny

    Oh my word! Adorable!

    12th May 2016 at 7:02 am
    • Reply Helen Redfern

      Thank you, Penny!

      16th May 2016 at 11:26 am
  • Reply Sara Ward

    How wonderful! The film is beautiful, well done x
    We’ve just hatched both gold & silver laced bantam Orpingtons under our Bunty, in our Eglu Go too!

    2nd July 2016 at 10:02 am
    • Reply Helen Redfern

      Thank you so much Sara, that means so much. And congratulations on your new additions!

      11th July 2016 at 9:32 am

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