In our case the chicken came first. And then there were eggs. And now there are chicks. And they’re so pretty!
Some time ago K came home with some chickens. I wasn’t thrilled to say the least. The neighbours were besides themselves, especially this one time when the rooster piped up at 3AM in the morning.
Needless to say, the rooster didn’t survive. The hen was pleasant enough as long as she stayed out of my way and the eggs she laid was an added bonus.
A couple of weeks ago the hen started sitting on a nest of eggs and refused to get up. K thought by some chance there may have been eggs that were fertilized while the rooster, may he RIP, was still around. I wasn’t bothered and I definitely wasn’t going to research the chicken mating process. After some time – he came to the conclusion that the ONE egg the hen was laying on wasn’t going to hatch. Problem was, the hen wasn’t going to stop laying on the egg.
*** See – even chickens are creatures of habit ***
The solution was to get some fertilized eggs from another chicken and place them in her nest. Long story short – K had a colleague to gave him some eggs (read that out of context – hehe) and one of the eggs hatched and became a beautiful little chick. Same colleague had dog-chick problems. And now there are three little chicks.
Mamma chicken is understandably over-protective. And as I mentioned, our relationship hasn’t really taken off. So the images above are all of our adopted chicks. The same chicks, Mamma Chicken refuses to accept as her own.