Tuesday, April 23, 2013

The story of Blue, the chick from the refrigerated egg

Earlier this week I posted about How to handle hatching eggs. This brought to mind a particular blue Marans hen I hatched awhile back. She was such a sweet hen! Friendly and happy, she got along with everyone in the coop. She was our only blue Marans at the time, so her name was simply: Blue

chicks hatched from refrigerated eggs


Here is how she came to be......
It was one morning about 2 years ago when I made my husband breakfast, scrambled eggs of course. A few bites into it he looks at me and says "these eggs taste funny". Ever have that moment when you realize you did something drastically wrong? That was this moment! All the sudden the thought slams through my mind "oh crap I should have thrown those eggs away!" You see, one of my hens had been on antibiotics and as you know, the eggs get tossed for about 2 weeks after. I had completely forgotten! Oops! In the refrigerator was about a dozen eggs from this girl. So I set them on the counter and remade breakfast (from different hens eggs) but got to thinking 'I would hate to waste these' and into the incubator they go. 3 weeks later, 8 chicks hatched! This was Blue...she was one of those chicks


The odds were against those eggs hatching after all they were refrigerated, medicated and some were a bit old....but 8 out of 12 hatched. Into the sale bin the chicks went and within a few days only 1 little blue chick was left. Little Blue got moved under a Silkie mama and grew up happy, chasing bugs and playing with the other chicks. She eventually moved to the Marans coop where she laid beautiful large brown eggs. ....and it all started when I fed my husband bad eggs. LOL (he was fine, btw)

~L 

8 comments:

  1. Tee Hee. I am interested in hatching my own chickies! I have a hen named, Blue too. Although she is not a Cuckoo..she is Americauna. Sp?
    xo KRis

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    1. I love Americaunas! They have those adorable muffs. So cute!

      ~L

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  2. She's a lovely hen! I'm amazed that many of the eggs hatched, too.

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    1. Thanks...It sure surprised me! I guess you just never know unless you try. :-)

      ~L

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  3. What a pretty hen...she looks very happy! And chocolate-colored eggs, ....very nice!!!

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    1. Thanks! She's such a sweetie.

      Thanks for stopping by!

      ~L

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  4. She is lovely, looks a bit like a Lavender Buff.
    PS. My Khaki Campbells never flew... maybe they were just keeping it a secret from me.

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    1. Thanks. She's just a little darker then that but I do see the similarity.

      Ohh, but I bet the were flying when you weren't looking! lol

      ~L

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