A number of weeks ago Lucy stopped coming out of their pen during the day. She was sitting on her eggs in earnest and we thought maybe something was different this time. Boy, did she prove us right.
When my wife went to check on Lucy and let Ringo out this morning, she lifted her up gently to check on the eggs. There was this little fellow in the picture, popping his head up and looking alert. Since Lucy still has two more eggs to go, we removed little Gringo and brought him inside. He'll be kept in a large plastic container under a heat lamp with shavings, water and grower feed.
Now you're probably asking yourself, what about those names, Ringo and Gringo? Well, Ringo got his name from the prominent ring around the base of his beak and the Gringo add on came from his behavior. You see, Ringo adores my wife but he doesn't like me too much; we think it must be a male thing. On numerous occasions he has charged me, once knocking me down with a surprise attack from the rear, so I figure he thinks I'm the cavalry and he is Poncho Villa, earning the added moniker. This makes Junior, if he turns out to be a gander, the obvious recipient of the name.
And as for Lucy? She just quickly assumed the nickname Juicy Lucy Goosie because of, shall we say, Ringo's attentiveness. Out of respect, she's just Lucy to all outside of the household.
I guess we'll have to keep an eye on the other three eggs and see what happens. In any event, at least one new addition is here and appears to be very healthy from the sound of things. He's already eating feed mixed with water and is beginning to walk about.
The Lord works in mysterious ways and if you don't believe He exists, try living on a farm. You'll know that He lives. If you still don't understand, I truly feel sorry for you. Only someone with power much greater than man can even imagine could create something like this. It is planned, it is amazing, it is real, and it is His Creation.
UPDATE: And now we have two, waiting on one more.