Thanks for all your lovely comments on my last blog post, I do hope we get some proper sleep here soon :-) Harmony and Rosie, I am afraid our African Grey hasn't returned home, thanks very much for asking. x
This week has been a rather cheery week in the Sweetpea household which has mainly been due to the arrival of some gorgeous new arrivals. Last Friday night we all went to bed excited knowing that some of the chicks were trying to hatch from their eggs :-) When we awoke little Sweetpea ran into our bedroom exclaiming that two Sarah's (the name she picked for her chick) had hatched and that they were playing hide and seek!
Little and Eldest Sweetpea watching the chicks hatch (middle Sweetpea was at Nanny's house)
Chick hatching and another chick flashing her little cute bot bot (the big fluff ball in the image) :-)
When they have just hatched they look rather sorry for themselves until the warm air in the incubator fluffs them up a bit and their energy returns. They can take up to 24 hours to hatch.
This is Sarah playing hide and seek :-) They were then popped into a brooder with a heat lamp, some fresh water and some chick crumbs to build them up.
The Sweetpeas kept watching them all day and middle Sweetpea was so excited when she returned home from Nanny's house.
At just a few days old they are growing little wing feathers and start to lose their little egg tooth on the end of their beak, they use this to chip their way out of the egg (you can just see this little ones egg tooth as the white dot on the tip of her/his beak).
They have been enjoying lots of cuddles and have melted our hearts - they are such cuties! We had 9 hatch from 14 eggs, I am not sure 1 little chick will make it as we had to help it hatch and it isn't growing, it just wants cuddling all the time poor dot.
I will leave you with one of our cute little chicks modelling for you :-) xxx