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. 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??)

  2. Carol says:

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

  3. Kathy Hartzell says:

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

  4. 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!

  5. Becky says:

    OMG Karen!!!! I’m giddy!!!

  6. Jane S says:

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

  7. Ryn says:

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

  8. 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!

  9. Ronda says:

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

  10. Cindy says:

    Babies! Momma Jo got the job done.

  11. Shannon says:

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

  12. GC Lehman says:

    Awesome and adorable and oh so exciting!!!

  13. janni says:

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

  14. 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!

  15. Auntiepatch says:

    Oh, how cute!

  16. Leal says:

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

  17. 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

  18. Marna says:

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

  19. 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!

  20. 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?

  21. leo muzzin says:

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

  22. Nancy Blue Moon says:

    All right Mama! it!

  23. 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!

  24. Kristina says:

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

  25. Karen Too says:

    Oh heavenly days! How utterly wonderful!

  26. Meg says:

    happy birthday, wee chickens!!!!

    *swoon* they’re so cute.

  27. Keelea says:


  28. MrsChris SA says:

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

  29. Barbie says:

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

  30. 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! 🙂

  31. Paula says:

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

  32. 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.

  33. 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.

  34. Catherine says:

    Bless! They are so sweet! Congratulations

  35. Catherine Vosper says:

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

  36. Jennie Lee says:

    They are beyond cute. I’m speechless.

  37. Jenny W says:

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

  38. 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 🙂

  39. cary says:

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

  40. 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?

  41. Stacy says:

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

  42. Congratulations to you and Josephine, well done!

  43. 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!

  44. Ei Con says:

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

  45. 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

  46. 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!!!

  47. Diane R. says:

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

  48. 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.

  49. Jody says:

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

  50. jainegayer says:

    Congrats, Mama Karen!! They are so adorable!

  51. I see a baby naming contest coming up!

  52. Lori says:

    Congratulations Karen! Sweet little babes……

  53. Ter'e Crow LindsY says:

    You are a furry grandma!!!! I am so thrilled for you. How soon will it be til you know sex of these dryer lints……….er………..chickies???? They are beautiful.

    How is your hooking doing? Did you finish your rug???? I see a chicken rug in your future.

    • Karen says:

      I probably won’t know what they are until they’re several more weeks old. The hooking is on hold until fall! Too much to do in the summer! So I have it laid out on a stand lookin’ pretty until I get back to it. ~ karen!

  54. Laura Bee says:

    Squeeeee! Great pictures – congratulations & Happy Canada Day!

  55. Katie C. says:

    OMG!!!! They are so stinkin’ cute!!!

    I can’t wait to see more pictures as they grow up!

  56. NY2SC2NC says:

    Will you keep all of the chicks? I love your blog, been reading it incognito for a while; It’s my favorite. You do realize that your photography skills are top-notch, right? I know you put a lot of work into your photography. I really enjoy your photos. Thanks!

    • Karen says:

      Thanks! I wouldn’t say they’re top notch, lol, but I have been spending as much time as I can on the photography side. 🙂 I won’t be keeping all the chicks! One or two and the rest I’ll sell. I won’t want to, but I just can’t keep that many! ~ karen!

  57. maggie van sickle says:

    Good job Momma chicken and congrats Nana Karen. Cute little things they are . Enjoy the Grandkids.

  58. Allison says:

    Happy Canada Day to you, Karen, and Happy Mother’s Day to Josephine!!!

    My cousin raises chickens for FFA down here in Texas, and we love to check them out when we head to their house at Christmas time. Baby chickies are the best!!!

  59. Melissa in NC says:

    How exciting, great photos! Congrats 🙂 Hope you get at least one female.

  60. bellygrl says:

    Sweet! This post made me smile. Looking forward to the follow up w video! Have a great weekend watching the chicks.

  61. Linda in Illinois says:

    yeah!!! So beautiful, Jo looks amazing in your photos, I would love a photo of her and the chicks to hang in my kitchen.

  62. Brenda says:

    awwwwwwee – what perfect fluffy little posers – showing all their good angles – make sure we get some shots of you too – the proudest chick of all – weeeeeee – what a fun celebratory weekend this has turned out to be.

  63. RuthAnn says:

    Hope you set up the coop cam again. They are so cute can’t get enough!

  64. sledwell says:

    I assume you’ll be clucking around like a (second) mother hen;-).

  65. Meg says:

    Does this mean you’re a grandma? Lol! Congrats!

  66. Kat says:

    I had tears develop looking at these photos, I thought maybe it was allergies, nope, after reading all the comments I scrolled through the photos again and it was not allergies, they were real tears of joy for you. Well done Karen!

  67. Ashly says:

    True Story: I had SIX broody girls in June. Rather than fight them, I just let them do their thing. Tuesday, I get home to SEVEN chicks in a laying box, not a hen or pullet in sight. I guess when things got real, all of the girls took off. Not a single one of them have laid in the boxes since.

  68. Marion says:

    Congrats! They’re absolutely adorable. Enjoy your weekend relaxing and watching fluffy chicks toddle around 🙂

  69. Liz says:

    we’re squealing over here! so many good photos! 🙂 Happy Canada Day

  70. Sherri Jackson says:

    Congratulations. Does this mean you’re a grandmother now? Sooo cute

  71. Denise L Potter says:

    Adorable. So happy that they are hatching. What fun for you.

    What ever happened to the coop cam? Share the love!

  72. Lynn says:

    Well done Josephine!
    Congrats Karen!
    Welcome to the world little peeps!

  73. Kim K. says:

    Look at those cute little bearded cheeks on the ameracauna chicks and feathered leggs on the marans X !

  74. Mia says:

    I detected a bit of attitude from one or two of them. I hope they are the keepers; they probably have the most personality.

  75. Kim C says:

    Congrats on your tiny bundles of cuteness! What fun!!!

  76. Ev Wilcox says:

    Maybe they’ll all be hens-how ’bout that?! You could be the neighbor hood egg lady! Congrats to Josephine!

  77. Jodi T. says:

    Is Josephine being a good Mama?


  78. Karen P says:

    Congratulations on the birth of the chiclets!

  79. Angie S says:

    How incredibly exciting!!!

  80. Cred says:

    Congrats! Awesome- Canada Day chicks.

  81. Lisa says:

    Happy Canada Day! Very cute chicks. Will they turn dark later?

  82. Safetydog says:

    Congratulations to you and Josephine! And perfect timing, for the holiday weekend. The babies are adorable.

  83. Patsy says:

    OMG… they are very cute. When my sister received ducklings, she named them cheese and quackers…perhaps you’ll discover more names similar. Congrats grandma chicky!!

  84. Mary Michelle says:

    The baby chicks are so cute! Enjoy your holiday weekend whatever you do.

  85. Jeanne says:

    Ya! You have lil’ chooks! Well done you…

  86. Grammy says:

    Happy Canada Day. I never thought I’d be celebrating that, never having been to your lovely country, but (as they say) “Today we are all Canadians,” because everyone is celebrating the birth of Josephine’s chicks. She looks proud and bewildered at the same time, much like most first-time mothers. And you don’t get to reject being a grandmother, Karen — every one of us who is one got this way because somebody else made it so! Sure, you helped, but Josephine has to do all the mama stuff while you stand around taking pictures and jumping for joy and beaming proudly to the world, too.

    Thank you for the beautiful photographs of this momentous occasion. You’ve made a lot of people smile today.

  87. Kelli says:

    Congratulations, “Mommy”! I suspect you’ll have an amazing weekend cooing at and coddling your feathery new babies. 🙂 We expect more pics…and names.

    Happy Canada day, eh!

  88. Joyce says:

    Yay! I have 2 more weeks to go before mine hatch. She looked a little pissed off at you for doing a photo shoot…just sayin.

  89. robert says:

    They are so cute, and blondes like you. How much cuter would be to have a family portrait with all of them?
    Did they started to hatch on Wednesday? If so we share a birthday and I would be reminding you each year to give them something especial every year if you keep any of them

    • Karen says:

      Half hatched on Tuesday and half on Wednesday Robert. So … half of them will be celebrating with you year after year. I will keep them all in honour of you! No I won’t. But I’d like to. ~ karen!

  90. Lynne Burns says:

    This made me giggle and smile this morning. Can’t wait for more. Thank you so much for sharing with us and doing what you do with such finesse!

  91. Theda says:

    So cute! Josephine earned her keep.

  92. Heather (mtl) says:

    Thanks for sharing these gorgeous pics! They are soo adorable! For some reason I’ve named that first one ‘Button’. Just seems to fit. I imagine it’s easier to sell the girl chicks over the roos, but how many will you be keeping? How about a ‘name that chick’ contest with a set of cleavered tea towels (or a couche) as a prize? Hint hint.
    It’s chilly and grey and I need to paint metal furniture before they take off the balconey floor, hopefully this week. It’s the best time to do it (no drop cloth required!) and I want to ‘eat that frog’ finally. I also de-cluttered with a garage sale and made a healthy $225. Yay me!
    See? You do inspire.
    Happy Canada Day!

  93. Benjamin says:

    So happy at the news of the birth of your new grandchickens. Congratulations to Gramma and all the other blessed extended family. Hope everyone is happy and healthy. Josephine is such a good surrogate mom. I love the pics as usual. Happy Fourth of July from us in the lower 48.

    • Karen says:

      Thank you very much Benjamin. I plan to celebrate the event with the purchase of support hose. ~ karen!

  94. Jan says:

    Yeaaaaaaa! I’ve been waiting for THIS post!!!

  95. Rktrixy says:

    Beautiful pics of the lovely little family. Amazing how proud the hen looks, when they weren’t even her eggs! Best of luck with growing your own little hen. And happy Canada Day (late).!

  96. FarmKid Marti says:

    Awwwww!! Nothing better.
    Except ducklings. 😉
    (Btw, K, I have to send you a link to a story I heard on the radio this weekend. Ducks, it turns out, are sorta the wild-crazy sex freaks of the bird kingdom. Yikes! WHO KNEW?)

  97. Ruth says:

    Congratulations, Grandma! I mean, Karen… 😀

  98. Sarah says:

    Oh My Gawddd!!! What sweet, sweet peeps!!! Wonderful photos!

  99. marilyn says:

    just home from the cottage and so happy to see your new fuzzy sweet!

  100. Darla says:

    Better late than never….CONGRATULATIONS!!!
    Wish I was there to cuddle them. Looking forward to lots of baby adventures.

  101. Darcy says:

    Your baby chicks just make my day. I would love to have my own, but living in an apartment just isn’t the place. Oh well. Thanks for sharing. Makes my day better!!!!

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