Alibi V.18 No.38 • Sept 17-23, 2009 
Annabelle (top), Black ’n Blue (bottom) and one of the "biological" (as in incubated) peepers

Food for Thought

Hen Husbandry

My hens wanted to be moms. I did my best to be a dad.

Two of our hens recently got broody. While the other two kept up their standard schedules of scratching around, chasing bugs and rolling in the dust, Black ’n Blue, a sweet little Bantam, and Annabelle, a tough orange Buff Orpington, stopped laying eggs and glued themselves to their nesting box. Once in a while Baldy or Chicken Hawk came in to lay an egg and forfeit her creation to the broody girls, who used their beaks and claws to roll the new egg onto their pile. They shared this pile, sitting side by side, sometimes with their wings wrapped around each other. They wouldn't leave the nest to eat or drink, so I put food and water dishes next to the nesting box.

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