The weekend was relaxing & sunny, though. I spent a little more time down at Clermont, at the Sheep & Wool Festival. I learned how you take the raw fleece after you shear a sheep, "card" it with these hairbrush-thingees into "roving", then you spin it into yarn on a spinning wheel! Of course you have to get the burs out & wash some of the lanolin out & maybe dye it too.Look at the leaves on this buckeye! Summer is here already!
And... the chicks started hatching today! I felt underneath the mama hen this morning & instead of just the warm eggs, there was a pair of little feet & something fuzzy & moving. If I stood really still for a while I could hear peeping, and the hen would answer with low clucks. Later on this afternoon I felt at least 4 chicks, and even felt an egg with cracks on it, in the process of hatching! More pictures to come, I promise.
Tomorrow I will move mom & babies to a separate section of the henhouse, with chick feed, a chick-safe waterer (so they don't drown). This will be a big move for them, and a real test to see how protective of a mama she is!