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Thanksgiving Surprise

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! We had a great day, filled with family, food and pie.  We certainly have a lot to be thankful for.

On Thanksgiving morning, I went down to the barn to do my usual morning chores.  The birds were singing and it was a beautiful morning.  As I got to the barn door, it seemed that the birds were singing especially loud.  Peep!  I opened the barn door and the noise was even louder.  PEEP!  PEEP!

Now, it’s important to note that every year around Thanksgiving our hens take a “laycation”.  We allow them to, even hens deserve a break.  We’ve gotten one egg in the past week.  We’ll put some lights in the barn in January, so they will have enough daylight to start laying again.  So imagine my surprise to see a hen proudly walking around with her 2 chicks!

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Not only did she manage to sit on 2 eggs, but she did it in the goat pen!  The way the goats scuffle it’s amazing that she was able to sit on her little nest without getting squashed.  She went unnoticed until her chicks started loudly peeping.

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I gave the new mama a handful of food and she told her chicks it was time to eat.  I love watching a hen with her chicks, they are very attentive mothers.  It’s been chilly at night, but the chicks have been nice and warm under their mother’s wings.  Fall probably isn’t the best time for a hen to hatch some eggs, but this hen is doing a fantastic job and I’ll take it.