Well, a new friend of ours, Bill, heard what happened to our 5 chicks (see Sad Day in the Chicken Yard) and he offered us one of his broody hens with chicks! I thought it over for a couple days, tried to entice my gals to go broody by not picking eggs for 3 days, then decided to take Bill up on his offer. Bill has a small yard and small chicken yard with at least 1 rooster & 12 hens (3 of whom we’re broody, 2 with chicks and 1 sitting on eggs, I wish mine would go broody like that) and he said he was willing to get rid of them because he felt he had to many. So, late Monday night my hubby went over to Bills, and brought home a mama with 2 chicks.
We put her in the hen house on the floor in the corner where they all raise their chicks. She settled in with the chicklets with a growl.
Next morning I went out early because I didn’t know how our flock was going to take to her, but really wasn’t worried to much, because you don’t mess with a mama hen. I opened the door to the coop and my gals and Prince Charming came out, I looked in and mama and chicks were just fine. I offered them a small bowl of starter feed and water and left them alone. She kept them in the hen house all day, but walked them around and came close to the door.
This morning, Wednesday, she brought the chicklets out in the chicken yard!
Later today I went out to check on her & the whole flock was near her and Prince Charming giving her the once over. You’ll see in the photos, Wuzzy, Prince Charmings favorite, was giving the new mama the stink eye, when she caught Prince Charming looking at her!
She’s a great mom, one of the babies got stuck and I retrieved her and mama was NOT happy that I was handling her chick and came at me. She didn’t hurt me and all is well, she doesn’t know me yet, so its acceptable right now. When we let the flock out to free range one of the cats followed my hubby and me into the chicken yard, mama hen was not happy and had the cat move on!
So, that’s the update on Buddy’s flock. We now have 12 hens, 1 rooster & 2 chicks. Stay tuned!