Yesterday was the first sunny day above 60 here this year. So the mother hens decided to take their baby chicks for a walk. Apparently they decided to become our home’s greeters by planting themselves next to our front door. All the chicks have been digging in the gardens around the house this year so we’re just like Wal-Mart… greeters and no gardens out front!
We have raised chicken for years and have always collected all the eggs and hatched most. This year, with 12 bantams as our only chickens, we thought it would be fun to let them hatch their own babies. Well we are learning a lot about what goes on in the hen house… First of all there seems to be a sense of sharing going around. We have 7 hens on eggs. Two of the egg holes have two hens in each and they seem to rotate from nest to nest. Doesn’t seem to matter which hole they sit in after they stretch and get some food they jut go to any hole with eggs and sit there.
I may be pushing the season a bit but our first batch of feather footed bantam chickens have hatched. We got 16 healthy little guys and they are all eating and drinking. I have some of them sold and they will be leaving tomorrow for theit new home in Auburn, ME. I thought winter was past us but this morning the temp was 18 degrees and the chicken water had frozen solid. We cleaned the cook last week and put the water heater away for the summer… oops. Here are a couple of pictures of the little guys!