Tag Archives: hatching

Hand-Hatchlings

A couple of our hens went broody a little over a month back. Because chicken eggs take three weeks to hatch, it isn’t uncommon for additional eggs to be added to the original clutch along the way. The sitting mama will … Continue reading

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Chicks and Tractors

Chick hatching season is upon us and, so far, we’ve got 11 new chicks bopping around the farm. All the hens seem to go broody within weeks of one another, so we tend to see a sudden drop off in egg … Continue reading

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The Saga of Molly the Bantam Splash Cochin

About two years ago, we went to a local farm swap to see what that was like. While it was kinda creepy–mainly a bunch of folks selling animals out of the back of their vehicles–there were also some very nice … Continue reading

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The Trouble with Hatching

This was an extraordinarily broody year on applewood farm. At least nine of our hens went broody over the summer, resulting in a population explosion in the chicken coops.  We went from having around 24 chickens in early spring to … Continue reading

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These Chicks Have Two Mommies (or, It Takes a Village)

One by one, our hens have gone broody over the past two months. Fifteen new chicks have joined our flock in that time, hatched from four broody mamas. And now there are even more. These new chicks came from a clutch of … Continue reading

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In the Mood to Brood

We’re seeing fewer and fewer eggs around the farm these days. A handful of hens are currrently molting and another little gang have gone broody.  Both of these activities signal a break in egg laying for the hen in question. … Continue reading

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The Chick Panacea

One day, about a month ago, I was in a really bad mood.  I don’t remember exactly what had happened to put me in such a mood, but there it was and it was driving my behavior as only bad … Continue reading

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