Meet Willow, she was hatched back in April. She certainly has grown! She’s one of two fertile eggs put under a first time broody Silkie. A trial run so to speak, hoping the hen would follow through with her duties as a Mom to be. Obviously it was a success and I’ll use her again when it’s not so hot.
July in Phoenix the temperatures are 110-116, definitely not suitable for hatching eggs! I tried it once, a total fail.
Willow is a barnyard mix, all I know for sure is the hen was an Ameraucana, the green egg made that I.D. pretty simple. Look at those yellow legs, she almost glows in the dark. ha ha!
Can you believe both chicks turned out to be girls? That hardly ever happens. Lucky me!
Everything is set-up, mother hen has been incredibly dedicated to her eggs, but whether or not she’ll be a good mother is yet to see. If not, there’s another brooder coop ready to go for the little hatch-a-longs…. providing they hatch. I won’t need to provide a heat source considering the average temperature here is around 108 and 89 at night. For a change, I’m happy to live in Phoenix Ovenland.
It has been so interesting watching momma hen care for her eggs. The mothering instinct baffles me to say the least. It was 117 degrees for three days last week, she positioned her eggs around her with just her wings over the eggs. She did this periodically through the day as if she knew when the eggs were too warm under her. As the temperature dropped, I checked on her again, and all the eggs were under her. Why this is especially amazing to me is because she’s never hatched eggs before. How does she know what the heck she’s doing? And without access to Google!
Keeping chickens has truly been a wonderful and rewarding experience over the many years. Along the way I made mistakes, lots of them. Which is how the TBN Ranch blog came to be. Through trial and error I learned what worked and what didn’t, and wanted to share my experiences with the novice. There’s nothing worse than being uninformed during a crisis, no matter how menial.
Today the TBN Ranch blog is visited by a of 500+ chicken keepers each and every day!
I’m very proud of how it’s grown, a big thank you to all my readers, visitors, and followers.