Baby ANYTHING is awesome, but hatching a baby chick in your hand is something pretty extraordinary.
This is our second year in a row where we have had hens go broody, and our farm has been over run by the hatching of a baby chick every few hours, and trust me, it never gets old.
If you just want to enjoy watching a baby chick hatch, check out the video below. Not only can you see the baby chick start to pip its way through the shell, but you can witness what it looks like about an hour after birth (its super fluffy and sweet)
This video is great for kids, family friendly, and who doesn’t like watching a baby chick hatch and be welcomed to the world.
Watch a Baby Chick Hatch
Along with the hatching chicks, there is also the “losing chicks” Unfortunately while our hen hatched 5 healthy eggs, she also hatched 2 that were a little too “under cooked” to survive. They were loved as they passed and tucked in under a growing oak tree in the garden. The experience of having a baby chick on the farm brings all sorts of learning opportunities to our kids, and while it isn’t always the happy occasion we are wanting, it is still a valuable experience.
For our kids, the experience of seeing life come to be, as well as to pass, has affected each differently. Our oldest daughter still feels intense sadness at loss, while the middle daughter is able to logically approach an ill or harmed animal and accept that it is suffering and should be assisted to pass. The little guy, while he gets sad, is more interested in the LIFE on the farm, vs the death.
There is a ying and yang to everything, even hatching chicks on a sunny island farm.
And I think you can agree with me, any person would love to be covered in a dozen baby chicks, or even just have the chance to snuggle one baby chick!