Sunday, May 15, 2011

New Life on the Farm

Finally! I've had chicks hatch out. This mama hen persevered through extreme heat, cold and even a possom curled up for a nap two "doors" down to hatch out these six little chicks. This is sooo much fun! Now I can share in the excitement that others of you post about when you have little ones.. chicks, goats, lambs, etc. I have chicks!!!

As far as the possum, I went out one day in the morning to all the ruckus and another hen was on this mama's nest. I got her off and the mama got back on her nest. When I went back out in the evening to gather eggs, I lifted the lid on the nest box and thought there was a snake in one of the nest boxes. Yep, I 'bout wet my pants right there! But it was a possum curled up taking a nap. And there was mama hen sitting two boxes down on her nest. My generous BIL gathered up his gun and came over to take care of the possum. That mama hen didnt' budge.

Happy Trails,



  1. oh those little fluff balls are so cute!!! i hope they all survive and flourish! i'd be worried about more varmints getting them!

  2. I really do love chickens!! I hope to have some, someday, but until then I live vicariously through people like you who do--THANKS for sharing!!

    Thank-you for your kind thoughts for Hamlet too!! I hope you've had a good weekend!!

  3. I hear possum goes purdy good with sweet potatoes and corn bread.

  4. Love those little chickies! Enjoy!

  5. Hey Berte - just had to run by and thank you for your prayers and encouragement in the loss of my friend's daughter, Kayla. So many blog friends have reached out and it's so good to know that others care - even out there in cyber-space. I can feel the love and understanding coming through the airwaves, and I'm saving all these comments and passing them along to my friend. Hope you're doing well, my friend.

    You still have the bestest music on your blog - I really enjoy visiting here...

  6. Hi Berte, I wanted to come return the blog visit. We have a setting hens whose 21st day is up next Sunday! I tried to candle the eggs, but didn't see what I thought it was supposed to look like. We've ordered 15 Buff Orpingtons as backup; the old slip the chick under the hen in the middle of the night trick. :)


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