Recently we've been finding a lot of this:
|They like to hide them sometimes|
Broodiness in hens is not something most chicken keepers like - it takes them out of egg production, they still need to be fed, they get super mean (see above. They will also bite you if you get too close), you might end up with more chicks/mouths to feed, and often require separate housing.
We were thrilled.
First of all, we currently have more eggs than we know what to do with. We had wanted to sell eggs this year, but what with everything going on in our lives and being super swamped with work, it has not happened. So. One hen NOT laying was actually helpful.
Secondly, we will be wanting to add new layers next spring. Yes, even though we have too many eggs. Mainly because we lose some hens in the summer to heat, hawks, etc, and also because once they're two years old they molt (during which they don't lay), and then they go off their lay in the winter. A few spring chickens (ha!) helps guarantee that we get SOME eggs over the winter.
Yesterday after getting home from work/school/etc, Redneck and the Acorn rushed in to tell me we had babies. 3!! Two yellows ones and a black one. It's been a little while since I'd seen brand new chicks, and boy are they teensy!! (duh. They're literally egg sized...)
|He kept trying to jump out of our hands!|
|Teaching the babes to forage|