..well we were away on vacation and when we returned we also returned to a broody hen. We also returned to the hens attempting to do their own version of a clown car with 3 hens in the laying box at one time because they only want to lay in 1 of the 5 boxes and with Ma taking up the space it tends to cramp things. So today we moved/dragged the nesting doghouse of shame up into the sunny area and set it up for a 3-4 week resident with fresh shavings, water and food ( but we still need some starter mash)
Of course..we move the doghouse up and the chickens all want a piece of the action..
With the extra hens laying we had no idea how long each egg has been incubating so we are going to wait 2 days, collect fresh eggs then give her a fresh batch to sit on. Ma is an old hat on the subject of nesting so we got her set up and within minutes she was in her old position on top of the eggs and pecking away at anyone who opens the back hatch..hopefully we will get better results this time..last year we were 0-10 in the early broody period and 1-8 in the summer brood…if we are successful we have another problem..what to do with all these chickens ( but lets not get ahead of ourselves..or count chickens until they hatch!)!
..and the white hen is ‘chickie’ the 1 chick that was hatched last summer..she is a super forager and will eat anything..mostly due to the fact that she and Ma foraged from the first day she was hatched…we are hoping for a hybrid of her and red as well as a couple of naked neck hybrids…you think this is an odd batch now just wait until they have gone through the genetic roulettle wheel again! hehe