May 22, 2013 by suchandsuchfarm
Ms. Broody Pants has been so much fun to watch over the past few weeks. Her babies are now three weeks old and are moved into a new pen so they have plenty of room to be chickens. The other chickens are able to see but not touch them so hopefully they’re getting acquainted with each other through the coop. The other day I noticed that Ms. Broody Pants was pacing in front of the door to their coop so I trusted her judgement and opened up the door to see what would happen.
It’s so much fun to watch her find food for them and teach them how to scratch and forage. She’ll walk around the pasture and when she finds food she’ll make a sound which translates to “I’ve found food over here!” then they all come running to her. Then they’ll wander around, following momma around the pasture. I’m trying to follow them but momma is pretty adamant about being a single mother. She’s made it very clear that she doesn’t need my help which is fine… here at Such and Such Farm we support single chicken mothers.
The roosters seem the most interested in the chicks. They’ll come over to look at the chicks and are all like, “Hey, that baby kinda looks like me.” Their feathers are starting to come in so I’m still trying to guess what kind of mixes they’ll turn out to be. Just by looking at their feathers and leg colors, it seems that we have three Easter Egger mixes (slate legs) and two unknown mixes with cream/yellow legs. Perhaps buff orpington/wyandotte mix, maybe a light sussex/wyandotte mix. Only time will tell, but they’ll be beautiful additions to the mixed flock. It also appears that four of them have started feathering in pretty quickly but one is developing feathers a little slower. I hope that means that we have four females and one male.
I should have trusted her natural instincts and let them out in the pasture together weeks ago… but you live and learn. And I learned that if the broody is a good momma (which she is), she won’t let anything harm her babies. But for now, she’ll lead the chicks around the pasture, teaching them how to forage, protecting them from the elements and then roosting with them at night in their camper shell coop. And I’ll continue watching the chicken channel.