Well, our broody hens finally produced some chicks. We don’t keep a cockerel so we got some eggs from someone who did, and put them under the hens. Of the three, two are wonderful mothers. Ada, the white hen, is a bit vicious to the chicks that aren’t hers, but very loving of her own. Audrey, the brown hen, is gorgeous and wants to be mother to every single chick. Josephine, the speckledy, hatched one chick and promptly kicked it out of the nest. And then swanned off as though nothing had happened. I suppose even in other species there are those who wouldn’t opt for motherhood… The poorly chick is under a heat lamp in the kitchen, and seems to be doing well, apart from having a bad leg. We hope to persuade Audrey to foster it in due course.
Anyway, Mr SowandSew spent the weekend building the Hilton of henhouses, and the two mums and their broods have moved in. But enough of that – I know you’ll want to see pictures!
Here’s Ada with her babies:
And Audrey with hers:
And here’s Mr SowandSew holding two of the little fluffballs: