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.