I am a horrible, awful, very, very, sad mother. If anyone has followed this blog for any period of time, you know about our quest for silkies. If not, here's a quick recap:
Spring 2012: Cole saved up $18 and bought 3 silkie chicks. All three died within a week.
May 2012: I found an ad on Craigslist in Panama City Beach, FL for silkies. We picked three chicks up while we were at the beach and smuggled them into the condo while on vacation.
Fall 2012: All three turned out to be hens. I purchased a dozen silkie eggs for $30 on Ebay. None hatched.
December 2012: I found an ad on backyard chickens for a silkie rooster. The seller talked me into 2 roosters and I mailed him $35.
February 2013: The seller still had not shipped our roosters. I wrote requesting my check back. Have never heard from seller again.
March 2013: I found a Craigslist ad for 2 silkie roosters 45 minutes north of us. We packed up and made the trip, finally ending up with Mist and Oreo. They were 6 months old, but Mist and Oreo didn't seem to know what to do with the hens.
April 2013: The roosters figured it out, the hens went broody, and we set about 15 eggs to hatch, some in the bator, some under the broodies.
May 2013: Two of the eggs hatched! I candled a couple of the eggs under the hens and they were still viable. When I'd candled the eggs in the bator earlier in the hatch cycle, those two eggs were further along than the other eggs because they'd already started to develop under the hens when I moved them to the bator.
May 3, 2013: The two hatchlings had been in the bator about 24 hours. We moved them to a bin before heading out to a birthday party for the evening. Our plan was to sneak them under the hens last night. We got home from the party and found them dead. I'd cooked them. I feel HORRIBLE. Cole has been waiting so long for these birds. Pray that all these other eggs hatch for us.