One of our dear hens, “Little Sister,” became a Mommy today again. She has four babies right now, but she is still sitting on one remaining egg. If it doesn’t hatch soon, we’ll take it away from her so she can get busy attending to her new little ones. Can you see the baby’s head peeking out in the photo above?
Sorry this next photo is so blurry and terrible, but after waiting over 30 minutes, it was the only one I got of three babies peeking out for lunch!
This little one is standing in his lunch and Mom wants him back under her!
Our hens slow down their egg-laying during the winter months, and in the spring, they start laying like crazy, and they get very broody, meaning they want to sit on their eggs and hatch them. We occasionally give in to a particularly determined hen, and Little Sister was very determined. It’s so amazing that chickens used to be so common on everyone’s family farm, and now so many kids don’t really know about them. We love the little critters, and their eggs with the rich golden yolks. And watching them hatch these tiny little peepers is just a thrill.