THE EXPECTANT MOTHER
Is it just me or does he look a bit shell shocked?
He ain't seen nothing yet!
Now that we are safely into the second trimester, we're are delighted to
announce that we're expecting at Rural Revival Farm!
We're new at this chicken stuff, so it took us a few days to realize that we
had a broody hen on our hands but we wasted no time in tucking three eggs
under her, once we knew what the game was.
She has been a devoted mother, rarely leaving her post except for a brief foray
for scratch and water in the morning. Having read not to feed her while on the
nest, so that she is encouraged to get off and do her business, I still give her a treat
later in the day whenever the rest of the flock is having some. I can see she appreciates
it even if she does wait until I have the left the coop before she partakes of the day's treat.
Eggs were placed under our Mama Hen on March 8th.
(A special day in our family!)
Hence, our expected due date is March 29th.
We're really not sure if we should be leaving the chicks with the hen once hatched,
either in a separate area with mama hen, or with the rest of the flock,
or remove them altogether and raise them in a brooder box.
Any suggestions, advice, or tips is appreciated.
~Be well friends!~