We have a hen that was born to be a momma hen. She has tried so hard to have her own batch of chicks. The first round this year ended in sorrow. She sat on her eggs for a very long time, much longer than needed to hatch, and we eventually had to remove her from her nest in the hay loft and dispose of her mostly rotten eggs. A sort of sad day for all.
Not long after that, we found her, once again, in the hay loft on a bunch of eggs, 18 to be exact. We didn't have much hope for success as there is 1 lone rooster to about 35 hens. Odds aren't very good that her eggs are fertile. We decided to let her try again...without getting the kids excited. We explained that it probably wouldn't happen, but we'd give her a chance.
As of yesterday, she had six chicks hatched!! And when we checked on her today, there were six more!! Six eggs left to go, we'll see what happens.
So proud of our momma hen and all her little babies. She's doing such a great job taking care of them all, and allowing us to be a part of it. Very cool experience for all of us here. :)
Dylan and Harmony, whichever of us have the time to sit down and write for a few minutes. : )