Jerry was checking the chicken coop for bees nests today, and just happened to see this hen’s head poking up from the little nook in the peak of the roof.
He walked over to me, as I was planting some celery seeds in the garden, and asked, “Have you seen that little black hen in a while?”
Come to think of it… “No, actually. I haven’t.” And then fearing the worst I asked, “Why?”
“Because she’s up in the peak of the chicken coop. She might be sitting on some eggs,” he answered.
“What?! Let’s go check!!” I dropped what I was doing and went into the coop to see for myself.
I’ve been dying for one of our hens to go broody. It’s so fun watching them hatch out their own babies!!
Shorty that I am couldn’t see way up there, so I had to get a ladder. Sure enough, she was sitting on a bunch of eggs. As a matter of fact, there were 10 eggs scattered around that she couldn’t fit underneath her. And she was sitting on another 10!
This was a real surprise, especially ’cause I didn’t even think this hen was laying yet. She’s been one busy girl!
I hated to bother her, but I needed to mark the eggs that she was sitting on. I put my gardening gloves on, in case she pecked me, and gently picked her up off her nest.
She was plenty angry with me, but she needed to get up and eat and drink anyways, so I didn’t feel too badly.
I removed the 10 eggs she had not been sitting on, and with the help of Jerry and Jada, we filled the spot with fresh hay and placed all of the warm eggs back in a nice, clean nest. I also marked an “X” on each of the eggs in case she lays any new ones in there. That way I’ll be able to tell which ones to remove if there end up being more than 10 again. Ten eggs is a good amount for her to be sitting on, much more than that and her body won’t be able to cover them all to keep them warm.
I’M SO EXCITED!!!
I have no idea how long she’s been up there. At least four days. And I’m kinda worried that the chicks might hatch and fall out of the nest. Do chickens teach their babies to stay in the nest like other birds do? I’m thinking no. Do you think we should move her to ground level?
Anyways, I’ll have to keep a watch on her for the next couple of weeks. I’m hoping she has success hatching!