We have a broody hen. Not Peaches this time, but Xena. The old “cure” of stringing her up on a clothesline in a sugar sack isn’t going to do fly at our house, so we’ve gone with another sure bet – we’re letting her be a surrogate mama.

We’ve got 11 eggs here which were collected at a friend’s farm, since we don’t have a rooster. We introduced them to her at night. I think she was a little confused as to why we were putting eggs under her, not taking them away.

But she seemed so happy, clucking away and tucking them underneath her, and she’s been a great egg-warmer so far.

If all goes well, we should have a few little chicks by mid-April.

And we’re pretty excited about it.


  1. That’s a gluck hen in German. My Oma used to have chickens when I was a little girl. We had an incubator as well. My job was dewing the hens and collecting the eggs. Two of my neighbors have chickens, I’ve thought about it but I already have enough responsibility.


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