Well, I’m pretty sure Dally is going to have pups… She’s acting so Very Pregnant…
But that’s still three weeks away or so… and there’s other babies coming, hopefully, before that!
Meet my two broody hens.
These are two from my last year’s hatchery bought chicks. I only have six left… Three are Buff Rocks (including these two), one Welsummer, and two Red Stars. Of course, the “freebie” of the bunch turned out to be my Black Cochin rooster.
He’s been walking a fine line, he’s taken Victoria and Eden, he’s bluffed me, and made a dash for a grandson and ran into my foot. I’ve said if I can get some chicks, he may just have to go down the road. Well, the big ol’ boy may not have much time left. He is actually much nicer than my other roosters were, nicer to the hens, and we respect each other’s space, but he is a big guy, and he could knock down a grandson… I just need a temporary home until he is needed again next spring!
But there I go… counting my chickens before they hatch.
Anyway, these two girls are happily setting on two clutches of eggs… and they will be a strange looking bunch if they hatch. They will have hybrid vigor on their side, that’s for sure! Since this is the most popular nesting box, all of my chickens laid some eggs here before these two took control.
I figure Saturday is the due date… It’s day 21 for one hen, the other started two or three days later. When one gets 6 or 7 chicks hatched, I’ll pull her off and stick her in the dog pen with her bunch, then they won’t confuse or fight over the remaining ones. That’s my plan… We’ll see how it actually goes!