Brooding

All our hens are going broody!  Ok, well maybe not all but it does feel like it at times.  Lydia and I have been busy finding spots for them all to sit for their 3 week vigil.  Last year Lydia bought 3 Wyandotte hens, particularly because they were known to go broody, and she wanted them to hatch out chicks for her.  That worked fine last year, but perhaps we should not have kept the resultant 8 hens – because they are ALL going broody this year.  And then we have a few of the other breeds of chook going broody too, so space is scarce. We had a good chuckle the other day when we went down to remove a broody hen from the dome.  We had noticed that one was sitting during the day and so went down in the evening and pulled the nesting box out to put the hen in a spot on her own.  You have to separate them or the other hens will continue to lay their eggs in with them, and then the hatching dates will be staggered which doesn’t work well.  Anyway, when we pulled out the nesting box we found not 1, not 2 but 3 hens sitting in there.  So we dug out the old Poultry apartments and settled them down with a bunch of eggs each.  They look so funny glaring out at us from the box. Hopefully they will all hang out together when the chicks hatch and not squabble.  I am pretty sure that two of them will at least since that is “Wild” on the right and “Wooly” on the left, and those two are still best mates.

I love the mean glare that brooding hens get.  They growl at anyone who comes near too.

Our first 10 chicks are out and about now.  These two hens sat together in the same box and are now happily sharing the care of the chicks.

I finally re-lined the loft the other day so people can come and stay again now.  🙂  Also Lydia and I have begun work on the prototype of the new chook houses which will hopefully become a solid but still movable part of a new garden system than the domes we currently use.  It is going to take us a while to get them done but at least we have made a start.

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