March 6, 2015 ~ Ham & Eggs

The difference between involvement and commitment is like ham and eggs. The chicken is involved; the pig is committed.

But sometimes the chicken wants to be involved but is missing a key element - the rooster!  

We got our chickens last summer.  Seriously one of the best things we've ever done.  For the story, check out this video:  Here Biddy, Biddy

We've learned so much over the last several months and continue to learn more every day.  In October 2014, a good friend named Allison gave me the sweetest gift.  She gave me a young silkie bantam.  Of course, we named her Allison.

Allison began laying on 01/29/2015.  Her eggs are smaller than the other girl's eggs but just as delicious!  I had been told that her breed can be broody and that if she became broody and we wanted to let her hatch some eggs, that Allison (friend, not bird) would supply us some eggs for her.

On February 23, Allison laid her last egg and has been broody ever since.  She steals the other hen's eggs and lays on them.  She leaves them only to run out for food and water once a day.  I found two plastic eggs and placed them under her.  She takes such good care of those eggs is appears to be hopeful that soon they will hatch and her little chicks will surround her.  Bad news.  Plastic eggs do not hatch.

Today I picked up 7 fertilized eggs for Allison to hatch.   Hopefully, she will continue to be the good mother she has been to the plastic eggs and in 11-14 days we will have a chick or two or seven.   The biological mother is a Maran.  Marans lay dark brown eggs.  The bio dad is an Ameraucana.  The hens of that breed lay blue eggs.  The hens that result should lay olive green eggs.

I moved Allison into a beautiful birthing suite for the duration of the gestation.  I'm hoping to install an "Allie Cam" and when I do, will set up the link so you can check on Allison and the chicks.


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