Category Archives: broody hen

Scratch & Peck 101

It is cool today. The chicks are 48-h old. Momma is up out of the nest box teaching her chicks how to make their living. Lesson one: Scratch and Peck. Unfortunately, the spot she has chosen is exceedingly muddy and … Continue reading

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The sun born over and over

Cliche as it is, I present you with the Circle of Life (can you hear Sir Elton John?) After 21 days of diligent brooding, Little Sister hatched three chicks on May 25. Three wee damp fuzzballs so small they sit … Continue reading

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Dumb Cluck II

Chickens are not known for their intelligence and cunning. But they’re usually pretty good at being chickens. Except when they are broody (akin to being pregnant). Pregnant humans often feel like they are losing their minds. And, in some ways, … Continue reading

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Sympathy Brooder

While we were away in Moab, Little Sister got the urge. Upon our return, she could not be removed from the nest box. Day and night she quietly lay there. She had ripped out the feathers on her breast to … Continue reading

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