Hatch­ing suc­cess

A re­li­able broody comes to the res­cue

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Char­lotte’s Chick­ens

Ihave fi­nally stopped all my broody hens be­ing broody. The Wheaten Marans, who was broody for weeks, is now lay­ing again, which is won­der­ful, be­cause her eggshells are a won­der­ful deep dark brown! But then I started wor­ry­ing be­cause I re­ally did need one last hen to go broody in or­der to be able to take hens and chicks to a show in late sum­mer. Thank good­ness Flor­rie, my trusted Or­p­ing­ton ban­tam, obliged and went broody just at the right mo­ment; she will be the last to hatch chicks for me this sum­mer! I bought four Cop­per Black Marans eggs so hope­fully they will be fer­tile.

I have been very lucky in that my three hatch­ings have all pro­duced one cock­erel with three hens which is quite un­usual. They all look very Fay­oumi-like which means my Fay­oumi cock­erel is be­ing as dom­i­nat­ing as ever. I now have to sell some of the teenage chicks, who are rather wild and al­ready fly­ing into the tree for the night, to nice homes.

Livi and her four chicks are grow­ing fast; I can al­ready tell which is the cock­erel, but can you? Here are in­di­vid­ual pic­tures of the four chicks – can you de­cide which one is the male?

I have now lost the field that I used to rent for my hens; but it is quite dif­fi­cult for me to stop the hens fly­ing over the fence. I have hired an al­lot­ment in­stead so at least I will be able to keep grow­ing my veg­eta­bles. I have had so many cour­gettes this year but it has been use­ful be­cause the chick­ens love the over-sized cour­gette/mar­rows. I sliced them length­ways and they eat all the flesh just leav­ing me the green skin, strewn around the gar­den!

Livi with her brood

One of Livi’s chicks

One of the teenagers

Another of the chicks

Char­lotte Popescu

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