I’m back! I can’t tell you how many times over the past week that I’ve thought “This would be a great blog post!” I should’ve written some of those ideas down but didn’t so maybe I’ll remember some of the good stuff.
How about a chicken report to start with? Our family is growing! Or at least the hens are trying to enlarge the chicken family. I got back from Chad and Nicole’s on October 19. I went out and got eggs from the bantams but the next day, Louise wouldn’t get off the nest. She began setting on the 20th and it takes about three weeks so this weekend, we could welcome new baby chicks.
Then on November 1, Tiffany, the other Silky, decided to start setting. There are three nests in that coop and look at them!
They are all snuggled in there together in the same box. Tiffany is almost under Louise. Tiffany is the tiniest little chicken. Louise isn’t much bigger than a big cotton ball and look at how much smaller Tiffany is. And goofy! That is the goofiest chicken ever. When she gets excited, she screeches almost like an owl. The rooster is a spitting image of Louise but he’s bigger so there’s no telling what Tiffany’s babies will look like. Tiffany’s eggs should start hatching on Thanksgiving Day! If you’ll remember from previous blog posts, last time I looked, Louise had 8 eggs under her and she was “stealing” Tiffany’s eggs. Since they weren’t being incubated as long, I doubted they would hatch. I’m wondering if, once Louise’s eggs hatch, will Tiffany take over the unhatched eggs and will they hatch? Chicken gurus? Heck, from the way they’re snuggled up there, I’m not real sure who is setting on which eggs.
And poor Thelma. He doesn’t know what to do. All his girls have abandoned him.
Mostly he stands halfway in and halfway out the coop door. He just doesn’t know what to do with himself.
Every now and then, he ventures out, looks around and . .
. . then he heads back into the coop. He’s such a cute little guy but pretty unlucky for him that both his girls decided to set on the nest at the same time.
One Dominique hen is still setting on a nest somewhere out in the woods. She comes in every day for food and water. Sometimes we see her and sometimes we don’t. We saw her Sunday and then I didn’t see her yesterday but since I’m not outside at all times, we go for days that we don’t see her but I’m always happy to know she’s still alive. If all these hens end up hatching eggs, we’re going to have a whole lot of baby chicks around here soon.