Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Mrs. Gold Wants a Baby


This is Mrs. Gold. Mrs. Gold is giving us the stink eye. She's giving us the stink eye because we are daring to disturb her maternity chamber. She does this to any and all intruders - her sisters, her husband and me, the hand that feeds her. Mrs. Gold wants a baby and she won't let any one nor any thing stand in her way.

I've seen this look before. Back in the '80's when I was a childbirth educator and apprentice midwife I was well acquainted with this look. Most mothers in labor get this far away look, a combination of deep concentration and total devotion to the task at hand. You had best stay out of her way and let her get on with it I have found. Unfortunately Mrs. Gold had to be moved for her own safety and the safety of her chicks to be. She was not happy to put it mildly. We waited until the dead of night to do the deed.



She's sitting on 10 eggs right now. There were 12 but I broke one earlier in the week (good thing she can't count) and she or one of her nosy sisters broke one in the nest so now there are 10. That's one reason to move them. The other girls just won't leave her alone. The other reason is that the nest boxes are too far off the ground and when the chicks hatch they will have a long drop with no way to get back up to the warm nest and no protection from their Aunties.


Here is her new maternity ward complete with her own food and water and a fence separating her from the neighbors. When the babies hatch they can be seen and heard but still protected from the main flock for a week or two. We moved her at night and kept her confined for a day so she could get used to the new arrangement. Now she's happy as can be and has two more weeks to go to hatch day. She only leaves the nest every two days or so very briefly for a quick drink and snack and then it's back to duty. I feel for her I really do but she is determined. It's her first time as a broody and I think she's doing fine. You'll notice we even scattered rose petals for her to make her feel special!


Still giving us the stink eye. Some ladies just can't relax until those babies arrive. Let's keep our fingers crossed that all 10 hatch successfully.

The Chicken Chick

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'till next time,

11 comments:

  1. I'm glad Mrs. Gold is content now :) I can't wait to start having chickens once we move back to SD!

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    1. This is our first attempt at letting a broody hen hatch her own eggs so we're keeping our feather's crossed. ;0 I have to say the girls are endlessly entertaining.

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  2. Hope all goes well for her. I'd like to have a couple of chi ckens but really worry about the hawks.

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    1. I understand your concern. We do provide plenty of cover for the girls and have only lost two birds in 14 years to hawks/owls. When they see one they head for the brush right quick I can tell ya!

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  3. Looks like a wonderful place for Mrs. Gold to have her chicks!!

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    1. We're trying to anticipate all her needs so she can raise the chicks in relative safety at least for the first couple of weeks. We'll see if she's as good a mama as she has been a broody.

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  4. Ohhhh how exciting! I hope you get 10 sweet, happy, healthy chicks and that Mrs. Gold can finally come out of her maternity ward LOL.

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    1. Only 4 days to go! We have no idea what kind of mama she will be but she sure is dedicated right now. The anticipation is killing me. I must check her 10 times a day!

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  5. Good luck! I've got a broody hen that is in solitary until she stops being broody. (She's been broody before and oddly enough is a horrible mom.) Have fun! Can't wait to see the babies :-)

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    1. Seven chicks is the final total, all doing well. Pictures to follow soon, mama is doing really well.

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  6. How nice to have a private "room." :) Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week!

    Cheers,
    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick
    http://www.The-Chicken-Chick.com

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