Once in a while, a hen gets "broody." That means she sits on a pile of eggs and waits 21 days for them to hatch. If, however, the eggs are not fertile (there is no rooster around) then the eggs will not turn into chicks. (I'm hoping you knew that already.) Thing is, hens don't know if their eggs are fertile or not. (Hens are amazing ancient creatures, and they are certainly not stupid. But sometimes, like the rest of us, they are also not too smart.) In other words, they will sit on their eggs and wait for them to hatch even if there isn't a rooster around for miles.
We went through the process several years ago of obtaining some fertile eggs from a farm down the way and putting those eggs under our broody hen. 21 days later? Voila. Five little chicks! But this time we tried something else. We let our hen sit on unfertile eggs (which we changed out every few days so they didn't rot) for about 21 days. Then we purchased two 1-day-old baby chicks from the local feed store and put them under the mama when she was about to go to sleep. We had no idea if she would take them in as her own. But she did!
She looked a little confused when I set the chicks next to her. She knew something wasn't quite right. She looked at me, and then she looked at the chicks and then she looked at me again. I acted real casual, you know. I was like: La ti da ti da. Ho hum. Like this was all the most normal thing in the world. Then she put out her wing and pulled those little babies under her really fast. And they are all a super happy little family now.
I just can't help but give these broody hens of mine the babies they deserve. Brad on the other hand, is not so amused. He knows this means we now have 9 chickens when we supposed to only have 4. Whoopsie. Sorry Brad. But to take away from a hopeful deserving nice lady her right to have babies!? Well, that's just a sad, sad thing.
So, I thought you might like that cute little mothers day story today. I just love having baby chicks around. It really does make the world a little sweeter.
I hope you have a fantastic tomorrow and I will see you on the flip.
p.s. been working hard this week, there are a few more new smaller sized quilts in the store if anyone is interested.
p.p.s. please come on over to instagram and follow along if you like. I'm not one of those people who take 20 photos throughout my day (though there is nothing wrong with doing that, of course!). I have a goal to do one a day and make it separate from blog photos.