Not human babies!
On Olives birthday 24 days ago, we placed 6 fertile eggs (gifted from a friend and fellow bantam owner) under 1 of our hens who had gone broody. Fast forward to July 4th and our little eggs started to hatch!
From the 6 eggs under her, 4 eggs hatched out the tiniest, fluffiest and darn well cutest little chicks ever. It was a bit hit and miss as to how many would actually incubate correctly and even hatch. Just 2 days after our foster broody hen started sitting on the eggs, our large and cumbersome White Sussex Hen also wanted to play mum. They shared the role, both sitting on the eggs at once.
Now the chicks have hatched, both hens have taken perfectly to sharing motherhood. It’s an interesting set up, but all 4 chicks are doing wonderfully!
Have you thought about keeping hens? They are a super easy pet to keep and they are so friendly with the kids. Hatching chicks may not be for everyone, but luckily for us, we are in a perfect position to allow the odd batch of chicks to arrive. Who can resist these fluffy bundles of cuteness?!
Do you keep chickens? Let me know in the comments box.
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