Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Broody Easter Egger Momma

Aaaaannnnd. . . we have a broody mom!  I have been asking my steadfast Buff Orpington broody moms when they were gonna sit some eggs for me.  They of course just looked at me like I was crazy.  I do have one new Orpington that has pretended to want to sit, so she might in the near future.

But, kind of out of the blue, one of my young Easter Egger hens has decided she wants to hatch some babies!!  She has been very protective of the eggs when I collect them and has been screaming at me, but I just kept ignoring her.  On Saturday I decided to leave a couple eggs under her to see what she would do.  One day and night later and she was still sitting!  I am excited.

You know the saying, "don't count your eggs before they are hatched?"   Well, that is because broody moms can be fickle.  Especially new moms!!  The eggs must incubate for 21 days to hatch.  If at any time she decides to stop sitting on those eggs, they will not hatch.  They need her warm body to incubate them and her skills to keep them turned.

Hoping we hatch out some pullets!!  Roosters will surely be food on the table as we already have too many now. Broodiness can be catching so perhaps one of the other moms will decide to sit soon too.

May your day be greatly blessed!

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