We had quite a surprise earlier this week. W called me outside to show me the new baby chicks. The surprise was that they were not from the hen we know is setting. She continues to sit on her pile of eggs.
This was another hen in a different part of the yard. She had been sitting in a very safe and well hidden area.
I think a mama hen and baby chicks are some of the cutest things when wandering around the yard. However, it is not always the safest place for them. This is especially true when mama hen is trying to keep up with 13 babies. We caught mama and all of her little ones and placed them in a secure nursery pen.
I will bring them fresh greens from the yard to supplement their feed. Best of all they get to be baby chicks with room to scratch, dust, and safely play. She has quite a mixture so it will be interesting to see how they look as they grow.