A reliable broody comes to the rescue
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