Tuesday, August 08, 2006
counting my chickens
Peblo, the maran who survived the fox attack by flying up to the top of a Lleyandii tree next door, has been broody for a couple of days, stopping the other hens from getting into the house, stealing their eggs and pecking away at me.
We don't have a cockerell so all her efforts at hatching eggs would be doomed, so this morning my friend Jane brought round some fertile eggs and I prepared a broody coop for Peblo, put the eggs in a pile and moved her out of the hen house and into the coop. I am very pecked and scratched and wish that I had worn gauntlets - it is not for nothing that Peblo is a fox evader extrordinaire.
She has settled into the coop but I am a bit worried about the eggs not all being under her completely. We did hatch some chicks last year (Peblo was one) but I can't remember whether you could see the eggs under the hen. Time for a call to Jane I think.
Lisa Hector - who makes lovely doorstops and other things in Perthshire - is also waiting on chicks to hatch from under her broody maran - her blog about her life and animals is at http://primrosehillinteriors.blogspot.com.