If you happened to read my post from yesterday, The Sacrifical Chicken http://applewoodfarm.wordpress.com/2014/05/31/the-sacrificial-chicken/, then you’ll know that we endured some strife at applewood farm in the form of a midday fox attack.
Now, I’ve never before written a follow-up to a post, but I’m doing so here for two reasons. First, a number of people seemed REALLY upset about the story (which, for the record, I thought was pretty funny… all devastation aside), and Second, something happened tonight that begged sharing.
Each night, the (eventual) Sacrifical Mama Hen would snuggle in a hay-lined milk crate in a corner of the new coop with her babes. It was, of course, ridiculously cute. We would go in to close up the chickens and make sure everyone was in and we would see just the mama in the crate. If we watched for a moment or two, we would see a little movement under the mama, followed by a beak or a leg or some other Chick Body Part which would reassure us that the kids were, in fact, tucked in for the night.
After losing the mama yesterday, we’ve kept an eye on the chicks. Last night, they were right back in their corner crate, only now they had no mama to keep them warm. We checked the weather and saw that it would get down to about 46 degrees and decided that they would be alright, snuggled together.
This morning and all through today, they moved around together and seemed just fine. We didn’t worry about them making it through the night; we rested easy knowing that their mama had given them the start they needed to survive.
So, tonight, when closing up the chickens and making sure everyone was in, Dave looked into the crate and saw this:
We had no idea that chickens would do this.
I haven’t been able to find any evidence that this is even a thing chickens do.
But, these chickens did it and it’s downright uplifting.
And, we are positive, Mama would approve.