This is “Crow”. She is a bantam which means she about half the size of a normal farm hen. She came to live with me about two years ago after her old family had to move and couldn’t take their chickens with them. I inherited her and seven or eight more chickens. Her eggs are about 1/2 the size of a normal chicken but she is a good layer.
Crow usually gets broody for me about three times a year. Because she is so small, I can only set six to seven regular eggs under her at a time. She is an excellent mother and very, very protective of her new babies. Generally, fertile chicken eggs which are hatched out by a hen will take 21 days before you see little faces staring at you from underneath their mamma’s wings. She is the main producer of my replacement hens using the large brown eggs or the blue/green eggs depending on what I have when she decides to “set”.
The babies she hatched in 2013 are now producing beautiful brown, blue and green eggs for our breakfast and for several of my friends and egg customers.
I set her with seven eggs on March 30th, 2014 and on April 21st I went to check on her after I got home from work and she was all fluffed up and “growling” at me. I didn’t want to upset her so I didn’t know how many had hatched but knew from her demeanor that she wasn’t completely done. I walked away anxiously waiting for my first view of our new chicks. I’ll see them when Crow is ready for me to see them.
Now we have three little balls of fluff.
I won’t be able to tell what their sex is until they’re about three to five weeks old but I was hoping for at least six hens out of the bunch but I take what I can get. I have no doubt at all that by mid-June she will “set” again.
More updates as the summer comes to Virginia!!