Thursday, March 31, 2011

Gone Broody

Finally one of the hens has gone broody! We have been waiting for this.Hopefully we will not be ordering chicks anymore and this girl will be hatching eggs for us. I found her in the barn in a dark corner on a huge pile of eggs.I'm guessing she is laying on 12+ They are spilling out from underneath her. She has been missing for some time now, I guess she wanted to run off and start a family! So I moved her and her eggs (forgot to count them) into the chick box and gave her a nice cozy spot to sit and hatch them out. I love watching her, She is so gentle with her eggs. If one spills out she will gently tuck it back under her.Don't get to close though! She is very protective of them and will puff her feathers up, make squawking noises and tries to go for your hand lol

I will candle them tomorrow to see if they are all fertile eggs.


  1. There is something so sweet about a mama with her babies. :-)

  2. Bless her heart, she sure has her feathers full. What a sweet photo.

  3. Thank you!
    They are the best mother's aren't they? I really don't think I've ever seen a bad chicken momma lol.

    I want her to continue hatching out eggs even when these babies are born. I'm wondering if I should take the babies away right when they hatch? I let one of our banty hens stay with her babies and now she is no longer hatching out eggs. Hmmmm something I will have to look up.