Broody chickens all over the place. The 2 mummies that I had sitting on eggs hatched them yesterday and last night. Maude only hatched 2 - one of her 4 eggs broke and was infertile and she threw one out of the nest 2 days ago. It was fertile so I don't know why she did it. Her 2 babies are one black with white wing tips and one brown striped one.
Mabel has hatched 3 tiny black chicks, all with white wing tips.
George is dad to them all and it was a mixture of eggs. I didn't even know if they were fertile so it's nice to get some chicks. I have a buyer for them already!
(But I know I'll hate to see them go!)
So, the mums and babies are taking up my two broody houses and today I've got 2 more broodies in the big house. It's a bit of a pest really as I have nowhere to put them to either break their broodiness or let them sit safely without the other chickens wanting to lay and eggs getting pushed out of nesting boxes - already this morning there was one broken egg.
This problem has led me to fork out for yet another small chicken house which we will only use as a 'breaking broody' house!!
We got this one - which in actual fact, we'll use as a proper house and use one of the older smaller ones as the breaking broody house!
And here are the new babies.. this one is very pretty!
This wee one looks a bit dusty! It was lounging around in the food bowl!