We were able to visit the newly hatched chicks from M’s third grade classroom yesterday. It’s one of the small blessings of being a stay-at-home mom who lives so close to the school. Since I pick the kids up from school every day anyway, it’s easy enough to linger a while after school. I arranged it with M’s teacher and the girls and I had some fun with the chicks.
And I have to say, I felt famous as I was going through the halls to M’s class shortly after the bell rang. M’s friends are beginning to know me and a few of the children said, “Look, it’s M’s mom” ” Hi, Mrs X”. I couldn’t help but smile.
The girls loved the chicks and the chicks were cheeping up the place. One of them was quite a jumper.
They get the eggs from the local 4-H club, and they incubate them for 2 weeks until they hatch. This year they didn’t have a good hatching. Only two in M’s class hatched, and some of the eggs in other classrooms hatched but the chicks had deformities – one whose intestines were born outside it’s body, one who had missing eyes and one that had a missing leg. That was some sad news.
And, though the kids didn’t seem to notice, I did notice that one of the chicks was missing some down on it’s wing and it was bare bone. I can’t imagine that’s good, but otherwise the chick seemed healthy. I sure hope it will be okay.
The chicks will go back to the 4-H families that want them to raise.
M told me that she wants to have a home on a big piece of land so she could have some chickens and a sheep or two.