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Who’s Your Mother?

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As you know we have a little mother hen with three chicks.  Two of the chicks are identical barred grey and white with feathered feet, while the third is completely black.  We have two roosters, so the father is one of these handsome gentlemen.  Most likely the black and white one, just because he gets busiest with the ladies, but sometimes the rainbow rooster is successful.

Mother hen is small and black and brown.  Here she is with her chicks. You can see her two grey ones are identical and have orange feet and little combs that match, and little feathered feet.

Now, here’s a picture of our little hen, Nancy.
Nancy
You can’t see it in this photo, but she has feathers on her legs.

Hmmm…..I think that the grey and white chicks are technically Nancy’s babies! But no matter in the chicken world. Nancy may have laid those two fertile eggs, but Mama Hen is the one who incubated them, peeped to them, they imprinted on her, and she raised them.  And Nancy has no idea that they technically are her offspring. Isn’t that interesting?

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About Sarah

I'm a librarian living with my lovely family in a gorgeous spot of New Jersey, where we raise chickens and love the outdoors. I try to find enough time to indulge all my hobbies-cooking, photography, gardening, sewing, and I write about it all on my book blog & personal blog.

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  1. That IS intriguing!! I am learning so much about chickens from you! Thank you!

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