So far, Rosie is being a great mama! I am so relieved. She has three little Basque chicks so far, and the 4th egg was zipping when I checked on her, so it looks like 4 out of 4 for Rosie! She is being patient and more protective now, pecking me as I mess with her, letting her chicks explore, and tucking them back underneath her when they try to wiggle in. As I lifted her belly, she was letting out a lot of gurgly gas, so I hope that she gets up to relieve herself soon – I don’t think she’s been up in three days.
I also had 26 eggs inside. So far, I have 17 chicks and two more pips. Ten hatched overnight and two this morning! I really hope that the pipped eggs and the remaining seven eggs hatch. It’s only Day 21, but I get worried for the stragglers as the hatch winds down. Keep your fingers crossed!