April 14, we noticed a little hole in one of the eggs. We could hear the little baby chirping inside! After about 4 hours - our first little chick, a French Blue Copper Maran, had hatched. In the morning, we found another freshly hatched babe, and an egg pipping. We ended up with just 3 out of 6 hatching - but all 3 very healthy.
If feather-sexing techniques work, we are quite certain they are all girls. Lucky us! Living in the city, we are unable to keep roosters, so any boy babies would have been re-homed after a few weeks. In a few more weeks, we will know for sure. Preliminary girl's names have already been chosen - Rose, Donna and Amelia. Yes, Doctor Who fans, these are three of The Doctor's companions.
It has been fascinating to watch Lucy care for her babies. She's a great mom, and of course, all of this is natural instinct.
You can watch the series of videos with Donna hatching here: