Jan : Last time
this Bantam Leghorn sat, all the eggs were no-goers. After four
weeks of sitting, I subscribed to your newsletter to find out
the most humane way to get her off the nest and back into scratching
with the others on the farm here. That was fine, after a day or
so. And then .... She nested again, this time with fifteen eggs.
And they hatched right on time - eleven in all - she was just
glued to those eggs, and I only saw her leave the eggs three times
in three weeks. She was a little spoilt, as I hand fed her. After
20 days, there were chickens everywhere and a day later, she took
them on a grand tour of the garden - even the runt had to keep
In the scheme of things, two
died, and when she settled at night with all the chickies in a
snake track, I relocated her to a mower catcher on the veranda
with the dogs nearby. She was not happy at all. So .... The very
next night, at two and a half weeks old, she flew up about four
metres to the chicken tree ( a big native bottlebrush ) and sat
there until they all joined her. What a racket there was.
We could not believe those
babies could get so high ! It was amazing ! That's when we grabbed
the camera !