The Little Red Hen

Our flock has grown to about 20 hens and 1 rooster.  Yes, we are down to 1 rooster.  King Henry was beheaded after being found guilty of assault.  Henry attacked Daniel on numerous occasions when the latter was attempting to gather eggs.  Our neighbor came over to help, and turned the king into chicken soup.  It was good.

I didn’t think you would want to see pictures.

Now Wilber (the other rooster) is King.  He is also very happy.

Anyway, that is all off today’s topic.  Today I am going to tell you about the little red hen.

We have a sink leaning against the garden box on the back of Clark’s shop.  It had water in it this spring, but the boys kept putting ???? in it, and the water got rancid and stank.  That is why Clark propped it up on the garden box.

Fast forward a few months to last week.

The chicken waterer started leaking and Clark thought he would fill up the sink to give the chickens extra water.

Sink

This is what he found when he tilted back the sink.

The little red hen.

She is sitting on a nest of eggs.

Hen

It took me a few days to catch her off the nest to count how many eggs she has.

Eggs

Fourteen!  Heaven knows if they are fertile or not – I guess we’ll find out in a few weeks.  It takes 19-21 days for chicks to hatch.

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2 thoughts on “The Little Red Hen

  1. Could your little red hen be from our flock? Because I think we have her twin over at our place! Last month she sat on an infertile nest for weeks upon weeks. My advice is that unless you’re sure of them being fertile, get fertile eggs right now! Then candle them as you go. Our hen sat for at least five weeks and the other hens kept laying new eggs in her nest, causing there to be too many for her to sit on, and all of them got cold one by one, slipping out from under her. If she’s just barely started, start her off right!

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