Welcome, Pip

So, yesterday was a very exciting day for us, what with my broody Abby finally becoming a momma.   One of her two eggs has hatched.  The other… well, I’m waiting a couple more days, but I strongly believe nothing is going to happen with the other egg.

But while we’re waiting to see, the new little chick is finding his way into our hearts.  We’ve even given him a name, or a nickname rather.  Pip, short for Pipsqueak.

I give you Pip...
I give you Pip, the Cute and Fluffy.

 

Pip has ‘tow-head blond’ feathers with brown on his back, a yellow beak and feet.  He is very small, hence the name Pipsqueak.

Yesterday, we made it to about Noon and then Pip jumped out of the laying box and Abby jumped down with her, and basically picked out a spot under the floor to nest in, so DH moved the other egg under her and I decided that might not be safest.

So, I got a cardboard box and made them a special nest.

I started with a large box and put saw dust in one half, covered that with wood shavings, and and straw on top for the nest.
I started with a large box and put saw dust in one half, covered that with wood shavings, and and straw on top for the nest.
Then I put a log up against it for support, and placed a a small (chick sized) waterer and feeder on the other side.
Then I put a log up against it for support, and placed a a small (chick sized) waterer and feeder on the other side.
Abby seems to like it.  :-)
Abby seems to like it. 🙂

This morning, I brought Abby down a small cup of scrambled eggs because I’m not sure if she will even attempt to move from the nest until the fate of the other egg has been determined.

She shared some with Pip.

I think this is going to be the most exciting part of this adventure — watching Abby interact with Pip and teach him about the world.  She is a very loving mother and it’s cute watching them communicate.  Pip snuggles up to her and talks to her in little peeping chirps.  And he’s such a happy little baby.

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