Even though you can’t see them all, there are eleven baby chicks with Mama Joanna, relaxing in the Chicky Box. The first couple of eggs hatched early on Day 21. One cold egg had been pushed out of the nest. Hoping it was a mistake, we put the egg back, but Joanna pushed it out later that morning. When we picked up the egg, it had a pip, a triangular hole chipped in the shell, and was peeping.
We took the peeping egg into the house and put it in the incubator. And waited. And watched. A beak poked out and made the hole a little larger. And we waited and watched. By the next day, it became apparent that the baby chick wasn’t going to be able to hatch by herself. Pieces of the shell had broken and fallen away, but the tough membrane had her tightly bound inside the egg. I dampened a Q-tip with water and carefully dabbed at the membrane, and the tough membrane seemed to melt away. I kept dabbing at the membrane, and as it melted away, the baby chick kicked and kicked the shell. She finally busted out! She flopped around, working on stretching her legs and wings. We named her Faith.
The next morning, Faith was fluffy and standing on her feet. She had been drinking, eating, and pooping. We took her out to the coop. Joanna looked at the baby chick and seemed to say, “Nice baby chick you have there.” Man picked up the baby chick and placed it close to Joanna. Mama Joanna seemed to say, “Thank you for my new baby.” She clucked at Faith and showed her where the food was. Now we can’t tell which one of the eleven is Faith, but she’s there and growing with the rest of them.