This just happens to be the case with my new spring chicks.
There is an unusual type of black chicken that has recently risen to popularity, described as Fibro Melanistic, meaning the black pigment present in their genetics is so strong, it permeates throughout the bird's body--even into its bones. These birds are not only ebony black on the outside, but on the inside too! As you might expect, this unusual trait makes them coveted by breeders worldwide, and by default, also makes them extremely expensive--up to four figures!
Definitely out of my price range. Or so I thought...
Don't take this the wrong way, but I love it when he calls me. My husband is fully aware of this, and he's fine with it. Really.
I love these phone calls because it usually means something chicken-related and very exciting is about to happen, and this time was no different.
To make a long story short, within a few hours I was the proud owner of a few Ogye Yeonsan fibro melanistic roosters whose job it was to breed with my Lavender Orpington and Isbar hens. The eventual offspring would be a black-bodied bird with lavender feathers, and a black bodied bird that would lay a blue egg, respectively. In the ever-evolving world of rare chicken breeding, these creations might eventually be quite desirable.
Three weeks later, while passing by the incubator on the way to the laundry room, I heard a faint peeping coming from inside. Inside the incubator, not the laundry room, just to be clear.
Anyway, I peeked through the top window of the incubator and immediately forgot all about the laundry.
Because this is what I saw...
I filmed the entire hatch for this particular chick, but since it took him almost an hour to emerge, I've shortened this clip down to the most exciting part. It's still over ten minutes long, but if you have some free time and aren't feeling squeamish, then check it out.
After resting for a few hours, he recovered quite nicely. Here he is, all cute and cuddly...
Here are a few of his friends:
He was right. It was funny.
Oh the fun of farm life! And newly hatched spring chicks make it even more so, even if technically it is still winter. Who cares what the calendar says!