Monday, October 17, 2011

13!!!! The story of the surrogate mother hen.....

...6...7...8.....er.....9....10.......11.......12.........13!!!!!!   Ian declared incredulously as he reached inside the nesting box to retrieve the last fluffy, beady-eyed chicken morsel of life.  I leaned forward to get a better view inside the basket holding the 13 day old fluffy chicks, forgetting that I was holding mummy Bella, only to be reminded as Ian jumped and shouted 'OUCH!!!' as Bella pecked his hand as I got too close!

We transferred Bella and her chicks to the newly vacated chicken ark that the 'teenagers' had vacated.  22 days ago, it was Fuji that sat on her eggs, but, only 4 days later, Bella was gripped by an intense jealousy and jammed herself solid on Fuji's eggs, refusing to budge, even when prodded.

Where's Wally?

Proud mum...
I prepared another next box in the 2nd chicken house, putting in 8 other eggs and waited for a bustling ousted Fuji to find them.  Find them she did, clucked joyfully and made herself comfortable, and we are now awaiting a second batch of chicks in the next couple of days.





Bella is an excellent mother, having gone broody and raised many chicks before, but it is a long time since we have had a clutch of such a size!  The colourings are also so interesting....can you spot Wally?

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