I am pleased to announce that Tiny hatched out all four of the eggs Miss Welsummer abandoned; two Legbars, a boy and a girl, and two black Copper Marans, sex unknown. Good job Tiny!


Three healthy chicks had arrived by yesterday, but the little latecomer, a Marans who hatched sometime in the night, has spraddle leg. I have seen this before, it seems to happen sometimes with late hatchers, and if caught early, can be completely cured. Is it the late hatching that does it? Or does it delay hatching? Who knows.


So off to the incubator room we went, little Marans and I, she protesting at the top of her voice, to apply a bandaid splint. Chances are good that she will make a full recovery.