Good greetings to Mothers one and all!
Here in the Hollow, there is one mother that is particularly happy today.
Our ginger feathered hen
Demelza is what as known as a Broody hen. To those not familiar with farm terms, this is a hen who REALLY wants to be a mommy and will sit and SIT and SIT on eggs, whether or not they are viable, FOREVER. I once had a broody goose sitting on colored plastic balls for 2 weeks, she refused to budge.
Because I do not want anymore ginger colored chickens, I allowed the beautiful Demelza to sit on 2 unfertilized peahen eggs, just to keep her in that nest until the time came when My special order arrived.....
I ordered these chicks back in December, because there is something very unique about them....
They look rather ordinary now.... although cute as the dickens!,
but as they grow, their feathers will become more and more LAVENDER colored.
In the gardens!
I LOVE LAVENDER
Back to the story:
Demelza needed some babies to satisfy her urge for becoming a mother.
This is why I let her sit on those devoid peahen eggs, to occupy her in anticipation of THIS very day.
The chicklets needed a mommy to keep them warm and teach them the ways of chicken life;
so I brought them outside, made a nest in the little shop, and placed Demelza with the babies.
Naturally, she thought SHE had hatched them, all 10 of them, from 2 peahen eggs.
They immediately cozied beneath their new mama... she is a much nicer alternative to this:
which is what I would have used if that broody hen hadn't accepted the chicklets.
But she did!
Happy Mothers Day Demelza!
And to all of you mothers, as well