Wednesday, February 15, 2012

a lesson from little red

This little red hen wants to be a mommy. She was in the nest box all morning long, clutching at all the eggs others had laid there and then recklessly abandoned. She goes broody, this one, every other month or so, and I have to gently nudge her out of the nest and off the eggs she's doing so well to keep warm. In spring, I'm going to let her sit and hatch eggs to her heart's content. But winter here is not the best time for little chickies, I'm afraid. 


I wish I would accept gentle nudges to wait or to change course as graciously as she does - With only the slightest protest, a little ruffle of my feathers, dusting off of my beak, and a dignified strut over to rejoin the others.

16 comments:

  1. Very beautiful chickens! Isn't amazing how the mothering instinct is so present in even the simplest of animals?

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  2. Just love that photo Jaime...poor little red...she obviously has such a strong instinct!

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    1. I know, I always feel a bit bad when I take those eggs from her!

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  3. Or are you like me and have to be dragged kicking and screaming with a very pouty bottom lip at the mere suggestion to change direction!

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  4. We should all learn to accept changes as easily as our furry and feathered friends! :)

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  5. What a great photo! Actually I think animals can teach us a lot about how to behave. They never mind stating their opinion, never mind when it's overruled, and never hold a grudge.

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  6. Amazing how strong that instinct can be. I too wish I could accept change that easily. Great picture!

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  7. I wish the one girl that I had go broody a month ago would have left the nest as gracefully as your girl. I ended up having to remove her from the coop a couple of days which broke my heart! I swear she looked at me like I was a mean dragon everytime I checked on her. lol

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  8. I always chuckle a little when one of hens goes broody. They really do shake their little feathers in disgust, but seem to recover quite quickly :-)

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  9. Mine gets broody,but not gracefully. She gets so mad when I move her. The whole neighborhood can hear her complaints. I found you thru Candys blog. I am now following you.

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  10. So sweet and so thought provoking.... just love your blog :)

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  11. So funny, this post. Just yesterday I was out gathering eggs, shooing away two hens from little clutches, and I decided that the next time a hen gets seriously broody, I'm just going to let her be and see what happens. Yes, I have 225 chicks arriving on the 24th, but adding a few "naturally incubated" chicks would be fun, too!

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  12. I wish I had grace like that, too! What a great analogy:).

    ~Julia

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  13. I think it is so amazing how strong their instinct is! This past year we CONSTANTLY had several broody birds. One time Jesse found took some wild turkey eggs we found (because the dog was going to eat them all!) and stuck them under one of the hens. A little while later, and she hatched baby turkeys! Incredible.

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