This is Thomas:
Fun facts about Thomas:
1. He is the first livestock animal of any kind to be born at Good Life Ranch.
2. He is a Black Australorp chicken which means he is a heritage breed that is equally good for use as a laying chicken or an eating chicken.
3. He is probably a girl.
4. He was named Thomas because the chickens were supposed to be born Sunday night and Geoff and I were beginning to doubt whether they would be born at all. AND he is named after a student I have named Thomas who likes to arrive late and talk continuously. (So far this chickie-boom lives up to his namesake.)
5. At least three of Thomas’ brothers and sisters are trying to hatch as we speak.
6. Thomas is the youngest chicken I have ever met. The chickens we previously ordered from the hatchery arrived when they were three days old.
7. Thomas, like all other chickens and also human babies, was born slimy and then dried off.
8. Thomas must love The Biggest Loser, because he chose to be born on a Tuesday.
You might be wondering where on our spacious 160 acres we are incubating these chicks. The barn? No. The brood house? No. The basement? No. The guest bedroom? Of course. Why? I have no idea. I just came home one day about three weeks ago to discover this:
Although I have not discussed it with Geoff, I presume the incubator was placed in this location because all of the other locations were too cold. I don’t know. I will say it has made watching the chicks hatch very convenient.
Since we do not count our chickens until they hatch around here, I will have to tell you later how big our initial flock actually is. For now we’ll just have to celebrate Thomas’ birth.