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January 2009

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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 up.

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 !


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Keeping Chickens Newsletter - Published January 2009 by www.Self-Sufficient-Life.com