At the time of this little photoshoot, 3 chicks had been born.  At this very moment, 5 have been born.  By tomorrow I expect all 7 will be romping around.

Have a great long weekend everyone.  With these little balls of dryer lint wobbling around I’m guaranteed to get exactly nothing done.




  1. jainegayer says:

    Congrats, Mama Karen!! They are so adorable!

  2. Jody says:

    OMG! Such fluffy puffy cuteness. Congratulations. CanNOT wait for more photos.

  3. Leah C says:

    They’re so cute I cried a little! :) Congratulations!

    • Karen says:

      Yeah, my sister came close to crying too, lol. ~ karen!

      • Dagmar says:

        Count me in. First I shouted: ” Babies, she had the babies, yeah, how amazing”. And then I cried. When I was a kid growing up in Poland, my grandparents ran a chicken farm and there were thousands of baby chicks. Those are some great memories.

  4. Diane R. says:

    Congrats Karen, they are just so adorable. Happy Canada Day

  5. Juliet says:

    Isn’t it JUST the best?!?! And you are getting something done… You are experiencing joy. It sounds corny, I know. But that is what animals help me do!! In the midst of busying myself with “important” stuff, they help me slow down and enjoy the REALLY important stuff!! ENJOY getting nothing done!!!

  6. Liz says:

    Congratulations! Well done Josephine, she finally got what she wanted, to be a mum!
    What a nice bit of news to wake up to :-)
    Best, Liz

  7. Ei Con says:

    New beginnings are so inspiring!! Enjoy those babies! They grow so fast.

  8. Robyn says:

    They are so beautiful! Can’t tell if Josephine is shocked, thrilled or both but I am sure she will be a great mamma. Have fun!

  9. Congratulations to you and Josephine, well done!

  10. Stacy says:

    Congrats on becoming a chicken grandma! Beat of luck to you and all your chicks! Have a great Canada Day.

  11. Ann says:

    I am enjoying my own little cutie right now. Out of 3 eggs, my 2 broodies only hatched out 1 chick. But man, this chick is loved and watched out for like a hawk. This baby looks so darned good for being so small. And the 2 mommas are perfect with it. It stays cuddled in the coop til it warms up enough for it to come out and be in the sun. They must have taught it to eat and drink. I tried and the baby ignored my attempts. But if it is still alive on morning 5 then it must be, and it learned the natural way, by watching the mommas.

    Enjoy their cuteness now, they turn into ugly ducklings here shortly before they turn pretty again. I like month old chicks are actually quite hideous to look at. Funny but hideous

    • Karen says:

      Oh they’re awful looking, lol. It’s the Raptor stage! But for now … supercute. ~ karen!

    • Grammy says:

      So, chicks go through a gangly, awkward stage just like human adolescents? Cool. The not-so-cuteness doesn’t generally last very long, so it is humorous to watch. It’s the smart mouth they get at that age that’s hard to take, do chicks get that, too?

  12. cary says:

    ohmygoshohmygoshohmygosh you have babies! that is so exciting! congratulations!

  13. Maureen Locke says:

    Happy Canada Day Karen… and congratulations. Make sure you have lots of wine chilled while you’re watching… I think I shall call you Oma. When can you pick them up and snuzzle them?? When I retire, I’m so having chickens. My husband says no, but I say yes. They have a company in Halifax that rents chickens out for the summer… lol Yes, they do. Coop, gear and all. I’m going to try that first to see if I love it as much as I think I will. I’m so excited for you…. and us. Cheers :)

  14. Jenny W says:

    I woke up to this!! Grinning ear-to-ear :D
    Happy Canada Day Karen!

  15. Jennie Lee says:

    They are beyond cute. I’m speechless.

  16. Catherine Vosper says:

    Lovely pictures, enjoy your long weekend with your new babies.

  17. Catherine says:

    Bless! They are so sweet! Congratulations

  18. Cynthia Jones says:

    For a moment there I thought “oh childbirth, the chook gave birth to a chicken”. I forgot about all the whole egg thing and hatching. Boy, what a doofus.

    What a Cutie Patootie little chick.

    Welcome to the world darling babies.

  19. Bambi Mayer says:

    Ha–I forgot about you getting some fertilized eggs and my first thought was, “Holy Cow, a virgin birth”! Was actually wondering if a rooster had somehow managed to get over the fence and sneak into your hens house.

  20. Paula says:

    Yay!!! I love the photo of Josephine looking down at the chick. Well done!

  21. Pam'a says:

    LOL– Josephine looked utterly shocked!

    It may happen every day a million times all over the planet, but watching new life happen never ceases to be miraculous, does it? Enjoy your new fluff balls, Karen! :)

  22. Barbie says:

    Congratulations… So completely adorable I just squealed when I saw the pictures. Very happy for you!!

  23. MrsChris SA says:

    Aw man!! Cuties!
    Enjoy your weekend chick watching!

  24. Keelea says:


  25. Meg says:

    happy birthday, wee chickens!!!!

    *swoon* they’re so cute.

  26. Karen Too says:

    Oh heavenly days! How utterly wonderful!

  27. Kristina says:

    Oh, man. You are totally done for. Have fun.

  28. gigi says:

    Excited the Broody Hen did her job well. How soon will it be possible to tell the sex and what happens to rooster chicks?

    • Karen says:

      Rooster chicks get sold to farms that need roosters. So far I’ve had to get rid of 3 roos and not one of the has ended up as dinner yet. :) ~ karen!

  29. Nancy Blue Moon says:

    All right Mama! it!

  30. leo muzzin says:

    Nice! but you’re gonna need a bigger yard! LOL

  31. Alita says:

    It’s wonderful to see chicks, they never fail to make me feel happy. Is that a pea comb I see on one of them?

  32. Elaine says:

    Congratulations, Nanny!

    This just transported me right back to over 60 years ago! I was born in a tiny village in England about an hour from London, the War was on so food was in shortage. Nearly everyone raised or grew “something” as a food source – vegetables, pigs, geese. My parents raised chickens and these photos brought back my excitement when we had a new batch of baby chicks. How I loved playing (gently) with them! Thanks for the memories! I just wish they could stay little! So cute and fluffy!

  33. Marna says:

    So cute! Congratulations! So glad it worked out! I remember seeing my duck hatch (a mallard). :)

  34. Kathleen says:

    Oh. My. Word. How wonderful! You have made my day!
    Congratulations by the way! *wearing a wrap around smile*

    • Karen says:

      If that makes you smile wait until I get the *real* chick post up with more photos and video and everything! ~ karen

  35. Leal says:

    Omg, you have floofy chicks! Congratulations and Happy Canada Day!

  36. Auntiepatch says:

    Oh, how cute!

  37. Kristy says:

    Awwww…. I’ve hatched eggs in an incubator and *that’s* pretty cool. But to see a chicken hatching eggs… much cooler. Congrats!

    • Karen says:

      It is great, but with an incubator you can watch them hatch. With a mama hen it’s harder! I just happened to be outside with the camera when she jumped off the nest to poop and they started pipping so I was lucky to see it and to get it photographed. ~ karen!

  38. janni says:

    Awww! Congratulations, Grandma Karen! You must be feeling good. Enjoy the new little babies. How fun!

  39. GC Lehman says:

    Awesome and adorable and oh so exciting!!!

  40. Shannon says:

    Great job momma. Have a wonderful weekend with the new crew.

  41. Cindy says:

    Babies! Momma Jo got the job done.

  42. Ronda says:

    omg! so cute! Definitely, there goes July. sittin, and watchin, and sittin, and watchin … just the incentive you needed to relax!

  43. Dawn says:

    Congrats! My Serama hatched out 4 this week.

    • Karen says:

      Fun! Josephine’s hatched over two days (Tuesday and Wednesday) but she’s already taking them out with the other chickens and there’s nothing I can do to stop her. So far so good. ~ karen!

  44. Ryn says:

    Aw, they’re so cute! I can’t wait until you tell us what you’re going to name them. :)

  45. Jane S says:

    Love the proud mama. (I mean the chicken). Congratulations, does this make you a grandma?

  46. Becky says:

    OMG Karen!!!! I’m giddy!!!

  47. Alisa says:

    Yay! I’m so glad you had a successful hatch. I’m still waiting for mine, but there’s been no pooping on or breaking of the eggs, so that’s a relief!

    • Karen says:

      That’s good, lol! I had one that didn’t hatch. :( I’ve put it under the other broody hen so Josephine doesn’t have to worry about it but I took a sniff of it today and it doesn’t seem good. I think I’ll be getting rid of it tomorrow. ~ karen!

  48. Kathy Hartzell says:

    Oh!! I didn’t even know you were expecting. I will get out the baby yarn right now!!!

  49. Carol says:

    How cute, and those are great photos of mom and chick/chicks, Karen! Congrats. May they all be pullets.

  50. Muff Hackett says:

    so cute! I hope you get your hoped for hens out of this batch! (And July was for resting anyway, wasn’t it??)

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