Lesson 1015 – When the chicks are ready


A friend of mine sent me this advertisement from a local Freecycle site:

I discovered in my barn a hen who has been laying on a clutch of eggs for who knows how long. I can’t tell you if the eggs will hatch tomorrow or in 2 or more weeks (I’m guessing closer to the latter). I’m not interested in any more chicks but I can’t bring myself to take her eggs away from her and take her back to the coop. If anyone wants a half-made chicken family, she’s yours if you have food and long-term accommodations for her and her brood.

Someone who can’t bring herself to take a determined broody hen’s eggs away is my kind of person. I love that she is doing this, and I love the gentle, loving story of it all.

It’s what us mama hens do. Sometimes we push our chicks out of the nest and sometimes we let them stay a little longer until they are ready.

I’ve notified the owner and told her I’d take the chicken and all chicks once they have hatched.

We’ll simply add them to the 9 assorted chicks we are scheduled to receive in about 2 weeks.

This mama hen will gladly continue what that mama hen has already started.


Wendy Thomas writes about the lessons learned while raising children and chickens in New Hampshire. Contact her at Wendy@SimpleThrift.com

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Filed under Backyard Chickens, chicken care, Chicks, Holidays, Inspiration, Life Lessons, Personal, Quotable Chicks, The Family

2 responses to “Lesson 1015 – When the chicks are ready

  1. Jen

    Tis the season I guess. I have a broody Orpington who has been sitting on a single wooden egg for a week now. I do not have a rooster so I do not have any fertile eggs for her to hatch. I kind of wish I did. She seems so determined and she is the sweetest broody hen I have ever met! If she keeps this up I may have to sneak a chick or two under her but I don’t know what the result of that will be.

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