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Farewell to Mrs Speckledy

Our lovely broody hen Mrs Speckledy has died.  She sat on the eggs for 21 days, hatched 5 cute little chicks, was a brilliant hen mother to them, teaching them to scratch and perch and go up and down the ramp to the hen house.  Then a couple of days ago I noticed that she was very lethargic and didn’t respond when I threw bread, and the hens normally go wild for bread.  I also noticed her comb had gone very pale.  She had plenty of food and water but didn’t seemed to be bothered to eat, and then yesterday we picked her up to have a look at her and she didn’t struggle at all.  We put her back down in the hen house floor whereupon she went into death throws, croaked a bit and died in front of us!!

I am quite sad to have lost Mrs Speckledy as she was the only one of our hens to go broody and she hatched 3 chicks last year and was a fantastic mum to them and then 5 this year.  The current little cheepsters are only 2 and half weeks old and as we don’t have a heat lamp for them I was worried about whether they would be warm enough at night. We gave them extra straw in the nest box.  Luckily we are having a heat wave at the moment, and this morning they hurried down the ramp and started scratching about, so they were perfectly alright without their mother hen.

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5 Baby chicks

Well they didn’t hatch yesterday on our anniversary as I thought, and not first thing this morning, but by lunchtime today we had 5 baby chicks.  Not a very good hatch rate out of 11 eggs, but there we are.  Ah they are so cute and all different colours as they came from different breeds of hens.  Of course at the moment I have no idea which one is which, but that doesn’t matter, they are  so lovely.


Mother hen is very protective and rears up everytime we open the hen house to have a look.

When I was trying to take pictures they kept running away.


This little one was brave enough to go exploring on her own.


At night they are all tucked up under Mother Hen’s wings.  Isn’t nature wonderful?

More pictures as they grow, watch this space…..

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A good Mother Hen

This is Mrs Speckledy in the nest box.  She has sat on the eggs now for nearly 3 weeks.  She leaves only briefly daily to eat drink and relieve herself.  She really is dedicated to the job of keeping the eggs warm and them eventually hatching.


The eggs are due to hatch on Tuesday 18th June, which just happens to be our wedding anniversary.  What a lovely present to have little chicks hatch on that day, can’t wait!!

Mrs Speckledy is in the old hen house on her own, where she can stay undisturbed when the chicks hatch.  The other hens have been moved to a new run as there wasn’t a blade of grass left where they were.  They are now happy spuddling about in the long grass.


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How cute!! Mother hen and the chicks

Last night at dusk I peaked in at Mrs Speckledy and the baby chicks as they had just gone up the ramp into the chicken house and were resting in the nest box.  It was so cute to see the little brown hen under one wing and the 2 little black chicks under the other wing. She really is a good Mother hen.

Mrs Speckledy and the baby chicks

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