The gang out in the henhouse have banded together to offer me and my family a very special Christmas gift: a new clutch of baby chicks, to be hatched somewhere between Dec 23 - 26. Momma officially announced yesterday that she IS broody. She is only nine months old, and has already hatched one group of chicks. She was a great mother, and apparantly is ready to do the deed again. DaddyRoo gladly made his donations to the project, and all of the other hens are laying eggs for Momma to hatch. I went out and got her a new dog cage to brood in, because the dog cage that she used last time is now in the big henhouse and her three babies from September are still living in it. I'll move her from her favorite nest in the henhouse to her own private nesting quarters in our spare bedroom tomorrow night.