Thursday, June 14, 2012

Chicken mama

Our buff orpington went broody (rather early to go broody-- she's only been laying for about 3 months, and she's from a fairly common breed, when broodiness is not as common). So, after a few weeks of this (you have to allow enough time for her to think she's sat on eggs long enough to produce chicks), I snuck out in the darkness last night and stuffed four, barely-day-old chicks under her.

She fluffed up immediately for them to curl under her feathers. I took that as a great sign, and crossed my fingers for all chicks to be alive and happy come morning.

AND: Success.

Puffed up and EXTREMELY protective.  Hurray for this and hurray for not having to worry about raising four chickies!

1 comment:

  1. That's such a great way to do it. Congrats on the success and the chickies!