This year's chicks started hatching on 1st June, and continued throughout Saturday and Sunday.
Only 1 of Bertie's eggs was fertilised, and s/he was the first to hatch. We guessed, correctly, that Pimg and Pong's eggs would be clear, we had hopes for Barbara and Annie's eggs, and Phyllis was a last minute addition. The black chick that hatched suggests it was from either Annie or Phyllis, and we'll be able to tell more when we see the shape of the comb.
6 out of the 8 Leghorn eggs were fertilised and hatched (3 Yellow Partridge and 3 Silver Duckwing), and 5 out of the 8 silver laced Barnevelders hatched.
We had one traumatic hatch, and the little chick has survived so far. They are, of course, the cutest little chicks.
We've been trying to handle them several times a day, with mixed success. It's helpful that we have two different breeds so we can divide them to make sure we handle each one),.
We'll miss having Miss Tween around, as she's great with the chicks. She's old enough and responsible/sensible enough for us to let her go and see them and handle them unsupervised, which is a great help.