Vanilli has abandoned the eggs, so I guess we will only have the one chick this go around, but that's okay because we're so excited to have it.
This weekend I was watching Vanilli dig up little bugs and drop them in front of the chick to eat. To me it was such a special moment watching a Mama interact with her baby. Chicks don't get that under a brooding lamp.
And sometimes when Vanilli settles down, the chick hops up on her back and runs around checking things out from up high on Mama.
We have Vanilli and the chick separated from the flock, mainly because I knew the rest of the flock would eat all of the chick feed and the chick never have enough feed to eat. My suspicions were confirmed when I put out feed for the chick and Vanilli, and everyone congregated around the run trying to figure out how to get to the chick feed. Their feed isn't good enough, and I guess having full run of the backyard isn't good enough either. Little greedy buggers!
Vanilli talks to it constantly and whenever I come around she positions herself between me and the chick, even though she knows I'm not going to hurt it. The chick just looks up at me from behind Mama with that one-eyed chicken look. It's so cute!