A few weeks back a certain white fluffy derrière of Miss Dandelion the chicken decided to plant itself in a nesting box. When I realised she was clucky but also being bullied off her next (of infertile eggs) I realised I had to do 2 things. Firstly, move the funny fluff-bag to a place where the bullies couldn’t get to her and secondly, source some fertile eggs. 🙂
My mate S was able to provide the latter and the former was sorted by shifting Miss Dandelion to one of the 2 small coops in side the large pen. We settled 6 eggs under her butt although 1 went walkabout as we got the eggs underneath before we moved her (we have at least 1 egg eater I’m afraid) but the 5 eggs were about all Dandy could handle. She’s a silky hen and hence bantam sized. I think she’s done a great job sitting on 5.
Sunday morning greeted us with 4 fluffy yellow babies. 🙂 4 out of 5 trumps Meatloaf at least. 😉
This is Dandelion’s first brood raised and she’s doing a fabulous job. We now have about 3 other hens sitting nests but I need to source eggs from elsewhere. Hoping my friend in Myrniong brings me a dozen of her freshest Barnevelder cross eggs on Thursday.
Spring is well and truly sprung when chicks are hatching. 🙂