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{Animal Mad Scientistry} Peachicks!

3 of the 7 eggs hatched! Things were a little rough for a first time attempting to hatch peahen eggs (I ended up having to dip into my savings for a new printer to buy a larger incubator), but 3 peachicks is more than I honestly thought I would end up with despite all 7 making it pretty far into the process.

The first one to hatch was from one of Dalton’s eggs, is very light coloured (whites and almost a peach colour), and is named Syrax after the dragon ridden solely by Rhaenyra Targaryen from the histories of the book series A Song of Ice and Fire.

The second on to hatch was from one of Richmond’s eggs, was the first one to try flying out of the brooder, and is named Mad Mim after Mad Madam Mim, who turned into a dragon during a duel with Merlin, from The Sword in the Stone (just referred as Mad Mim right now because I don’t know if Mim is male or female).

The third and last to hatch was also from one of Richmond’s eggs, is a little bit weaker than the other two because it took longer to hatch, and is named Fin Fang Foom after the extraterrestrial dragon created by Jack Kirby and Stan Lee for Marvel Comics (called Fin for short).

The make a teapot sound that gets louder and louder until I pick them up and put them under my chin (and on my cleavage). It cracks me up because that is not how the baby chickens act at all. Once they’re a few days old, they pretty much don’t want a whole lot to do with me. These little puffs are all wings, neck, and legs right now. I am so in love with them.

From what little information I have been able to find online and in books, there’s still a very good chance that these three won’t make it out of the brooder. Apparently, peachicks are very delicate and take a little more care than baby chickens. I guess it’s a good thing that my official last day as an employee of Colorado Parks and Wildlife was on Friday. I’ve got all the time in the world to be a helicopter mom to them while sending my resume off to job listings I’ll never hear from again.

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