I wanted her to be able to raise the chicks herself and forage with them so I built a chicken tractor with my mom's help. Look what I did!
I was very proud of myself. I designed it, made the material list and put it together! I guess I did learn a few things being the wife of a carpenter for the last 10 years!
Baby chicks do not need to eat for 36 hours after hatching and I discovered why - after the brooding trance she put herself in she couldn't get up! Of course these were not just hatched chicks so I put them out in the tractor so they could peck around. It took mama a full day to try to drink and another full day before she was able to stand up. Sitting on a nest for 25 days with minimal food and water wears a girl out!
|Mama and chicks - she might not have been able to move, but she kept a good eye on them.|
|Giving me the evil eye|
|Scratching and pecking|
|Teaching babies how to eat|
|Adorable little chick|
|Mama and baby|
|Sticking close to mama|