Why I Love Momma Hens

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by pgpoultry, Sep 22, 2011.

  1. pgpoultry

    pgpoultry Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Can a brooder give you this kind of pic.?

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  2. Parson's Wife

    Parson's Wife Blessed Abundantly

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    [​IMG] Love it! What's on momma's back?
     
  3. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

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    That is darling! I love that hen? What kind is she? Her feathers are beautiful!

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  4. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

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    Parson's Wife :

    [​IMG] Love it! What's on momma's back?

    I believe she's wearing a hen saddle. (It's to protect her back from when the rooster mates with her--sometimes they are rough and can rip off their feathers.)​
     
  5. pgpoultry

    pgpoultry Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Chicmom, you are quite right.

    Littlegrey (named as she was daughter of a huge hen called Mrs Grey) is a Dark Brahma who was very popular with the boys.When she was 'off the scene' for a while in a broody cope she moulted and the saddle helped to keep her warm and dry (We have had the coolest summer for 20 years).

    Although she was a 'low down the pecking order hen', she turned into a real fighter once her chicks hatched....she still send everyone scurrying when she comes over. Her chicks are VERY confident.
     
  6. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Lucky you with your broody brahmas. I got the non-broody type of brahma. [​IMG]
     
  7. pgpoultry

    pgpoultry Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think there must be something in the (slightly blue) spring water we have (not on mains water) as every one of my 8 Brahmas hens was broody across the summer at least once.

    Thinking about it, maybe the water is radioactive, which is why my birds grow so big at times. Actually I think the blue is copper, so it's probably safe. Wondered why I didn't need to have a torch at night, though [​IMG]
     
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  8. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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