It’s Spring and Calamity Jane is broody again. Apparently this is her thing. None of the other 6 hens has shown an interest in sitting 24/7 in the nest box, waiting for chicks to magically appear beneath her.
My initial reaction was utter disappointment. I thought (very pragmatically): “I’ll have to find a home for her”. And then the reality bubble burst and I decided: “…or I can let her raise chicks again!! Cause that’ll be adorable!!” Oh dear. It’s a disease.
So here we go again. This morning I purchased a dozen mixed fertilized eggs from The Bradley Farm near my work in Puyallup, WA. They set me up with 2 lavender orpingtons (remember George?), two salmon faverolles, one light sussex, one partridge chantecler, two blue orpington, two blue-laced red wyandottes (like Rooroo and Little Sister), and two Marans – one black copper and one white.
I got CJ set up in the broody box this evening, with enough time to get comfortable on the eggs before dusk fully descended. Good thing too because, as per 2012, she only managed to pull two or three of the eggs underneath her before settling into the corner. Also as per 2012 I just shoved the rest underneath her, though I didn’t fret about it this time.
It was only after all was said and done that I remembered my plan this year was to stick day-old chicks under CJ if she went broody again. Oops.