Poor Matilda. She thinks she’s going to hatch some babies. She is not. It isn’t for her lack of trying though. For the past week or so, she’s been trying to sit on the eggs. We have no roosters. There will be no babies!
Somehow, Matilda must have communicated her plan to the other hens because all of the eggs have been in one box the last few days. It isn’t always the same nesting box but it’s unusual for all 8 or 9 eggs to be in the same box . . til Matilda decided to start a family. Poor thing .. she sits and sits. I go out and try to explain that she’s wasting her time. I reach under her and take away all the eggs .. all her potential baby chicks . . gone.
This is her mean look. She thinks she’s going to scare me away but she just isn’t brave enough (I hope) to peck me when I get the eggs. Maybe she remembers what happened to Lynn when she pecked me. BTW, Lynn is still in the freezer. I just don’t think I can cook her. Chad says . . I cleaned her, you’re cooking her. I don’t know! I just don’t know!
Once I take the eggs, Matilda continues to sit on the empty nest for a little while and finally she goes outside with the rest of the chickens . . til tomorrow and we go through it all over again.
A friend has fertile eggs and I thought about getting some and letting Matilda hatch them so she can have her family but dang it . . I don’t need any more chickens and besides that, I’ve learned my lesson about chickens. I’m only having Red Stars from now on. And, we really only need 5 hens at any time. We have 9 now and 9 eggs a day is just too many and 9 chickens destroy the grass twice as fast as 5 chickens would so . . my goal is to get down to 5 chickens but I’ve heard that well cared for chickens can live 15 years. It may be a while before I get down to 5 chickens and No! Matilda . . no babies!!! Go out and play with your sisters and forget about having baby chicks!