Friday, September 3, 2010

Our Hen and Her Chicks

Bessie and Chicks

I love our chickens.  Recently one of our hens, Bessie, decided to set.  We live within the city limits where roosters are poultry non grata, so we had to search for fertilized eggs.  Usually we try to get some from country folk with roosters, or the local farmers’ market.  Well anyway, we got a dozen eggs and sneakily and carefully put them under Bess.  Sadly only 2 chicks hatched, but we were excited nonetheless.  So much time is spent (some folks would say wasted) observing the newest editions to our menagerie. 

Our hen is an excellent mother.  One who is fiercely protective of her brood, an example many human mothers would do well to emulate.

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