Broodiness is running rampant on this yodeling goatherder`s farm!
It seems like everywhere I look, and even some places I don`t look, there`s a bird setting eggs. It`s reaching epidemic proportions and I fear I may have to call in the CDC (Chickens Driving me Crazy). It`s not just the bantam hens though, egg sitting fever has spread to the other breeds as well.
If you recall I have a goose who I thought was a gander (Color me embarrassed!)Well she has been sitting tightly on a nest for about three weeks now. There was a busted egg incident that we had to contend with so I`m not sure about the viability of the remaining clutch to be honest. Talk about a flail trying to remove a broody goose from a dirty nest! Thankfully the bruises are now fading.
Then we discovered our lone hen turkey had ideas about procreation and built herself a nifty little nest in the corner of the turkey coop. I did inquire of Mister Yodeling about raising even more dim-witted turkeys, and said in a tone most kind, that I felt we should take the eggs. As you can see she now has about twelve to fifteen under her bare breasts. *Sighs* Him and his turkeys, I swear!
Onward we go through this plethora of maternal-minded fowl! This wee silver hen has the distinction of being the first of the sneaky sitters. About a week ago I emerged from the goat barn with milk pail in hand to see this little family out scratching about.
“Duh…err….uhm….say what now?” I muttered in complete shock.
Mister Yodeling said the same thing when he stepped out after filling the hay mangers. Apparently the clever little thing hid her clutch in a silage feeder we had stopped using. So okay, what`s six little chicks right? I mean, it`s not like we have several chickens hidden in dark corners correct? I should know better than to think I`ll ever get the upper hand with these critters.
Aha! What have we here stashed behind the beam? Oh yes, one more broody hen.
Oh and what`s this lurking between the boards of the cow barn?? Three?!?!?
Good grief! And those are only the ones that we`ve discovered! Pretty soon the sound of little poultry feet and peeping will drown out the whispering winds in our pines. Add to the unexpected arrivals the six ducklings that I ordered and I may well soon be up to my elbows in downy covered babes! Egads! I just had a thought! *Ignores snort from wisenheimer husband* What if this epidemic affects humans?!?!
Wouldn`t I look silly all cuddled up in a nest box?