It's been a crappy, nasty, everything that could go wrong did go wrong kinda day. Then I went out to gather eggs and.....
.AGGIE IS BROODY AGAIN!
Out of the clear blue, no warning. She isn't sitting on the plastic eggs I'd left out but happily settled in on 6 eggs. Just to test the water, I took two eggs out of an empty nest and laid them in front of her. She immediately tucked them under her and when I stroked her back she gave me that wonderful raptor, don't touch me or I'll rip your arm off, growl.
I wondered why she didn't come out after her usual treats tonight. Now I know. The big question now is do I let her keep the 8 she is sitting on or do I get 4 hatching eggs, different breeds and try to add some variety to my flock? The first clutch of eggs turned out so well and the youngsters are so great makes me want to stay with my own eggs. Got till morning when I put her in her broody lock up to decide.
So the day ended great!
I know you have been wanting this for a while, so happy for you. I have been following along, just havent posted for a while. I have been dealing with a hard situation here. I have a broody that hatched chicks on Mothers Day. About a week ago I let her and her chicks out of the brooder box and had a little run fashioned out of half inch hardware cloth. Well those darn squirrels dug under the hardware cloth and left a small opening. One of the chicks got out and either the squirrel or the big chickens got a hold of it and pecked its eye out. The other eye didnt looked damaged but she hasnt opened it since so something happened. To top it all off I think she is deaf as well now. Had to separate her because she wasnt keeping up with mama and she was getting cold. So I grabbed 2 other hatch mates to keep her company. I am trying to keep her in the mama heating pad cave but she keeps coming out and getting cold, then chirps up a storm. I cant put her down because she has a strong will to live. I hope she makes it.