|Photo taken Nov. 18 of Rosie on four eggs.|
|Rosie's two babies, and an egg that won't hatch. |
Photo taken Nov. 23, 2011
It's a mystery to me though, why a chick can have the strength to get out of the shell and then die anyway. Did it have a genetic defect and its mother helped it get out of the shell? Yet, it wasn't able to survive despite her assistance?
The other two appear healthy. Both have dark eyes.
|Fuchsia sitting on five eggs. Photo from Nov. 18.|
When Rosie's babies are three weeks old, I will pull them to hand feed. Fuchsia's will join Rosie's and be hand fed too. Since it is a third clutch this year for both hens, they will benefit from the rest.
I hope one of Fuchsia's will have pink eyes and be a hen ... we shall see.
|Not a flattering picture of my favorite bird.|
I love this white-faced, pink-eyed Bourke. I suppose
he is an opaline, fallow... Much prettier than the photo.
Still have hopes that Fuchsia will hatch a pink-eyed baby over the next few days. If she doesn't, I'll have to spend more time hand taming one of Rosie's from her earlier clutches, however, I'm not certain of their sex yet.