Peaches & Rose, the oldest members in an existing flock of 18. Each bird wears a brightly colored I.D. leg band so I can keep track of age, breed, color, sex, and where they originated from. Otherwise, breeds of the same color can often look the same.
Each hen’s broodiness is recorded as well because unfortunately, not all hens are good Moms. It’s important to know which hens will not only be loyal to their clutch of fertile eggs but which ones can be trusted to care for the chicks when they hatch.
As an example, these two hens are both broody on a regular basis, only the one on the right will stay on her eggs until they hatch. The bird on the left perhaps has good intentions but gets bored with the idea of being a Mom and sometimes abandons the nest after a week or so.