It’s been a little over two weeks since our little mother hen hatched out the first two of her chicks (just two weeks for chick #3 who hatched almost 48 hours after the first one.) What’s been going on with her?
The first couple days she remained on her nest in the henhouse, then relocated to an on the ground nest under the house within the coop. She led her babies around the coop (fenced in, though the door was open for all the other poultry to go in and out.) They are so dear to watch-little bouncy fluffy balls cheeping and hopping around her. Several nights ago she decided she was ready to return to going to bed at night in the hen house. The first time she did this only one baby made it in with her. The entrance is about 2 1/2 feet off the ground and they can either fly up there, or go up a fairly steep (if you’re 3 inches big) ramp. Babies #2 and 3 had to have Paul and I catch them and give them to her. The next night all three were left outside and again we helped out. Since then they have been just fine going into the house with her at night.
In the morning the first time they followed her down the ramp, sliding and jumping.
But since then…they just jump out the door like little flying paratroopers! There’s a little hole in the door which we had not thought too much of, but this morning when I went to let them out I found the henhouse locked up tightly and all three babies outside running around. Mother Hen was not amused. I’ve just covered the hole, so hopefully they won’t sneak out in the morning again.
A few days ago she started bringing them out, but keeping close to the coop. As of yesterday she’s got them going around in the gardens and grass, into the garage, and all about. They look extremely tiny in the big world.
It’s nice that she’s so accustomed to us and, because of that, will bring them over to us for food. The little babies are not very skittish and quite cute. They are very tiny-about on par with our black silkie chicks.
Tonight I finally got a picture I’ve been wanting-the little chicks peeking out of their mother. They were in the nesting box, ready for bed, all looking out at me. They didn’t mind a few photos. Checking them out up close you can see that one of them has an all black face, while the other two have little eye outlines and yellow beaks.