When Miss Merriwether hatched her 3 darling chicklets we were all delighted, for we dearly love the soft and adorable cotton bottomed cuties dashing here and there in the Hollow. Mother Hen quickly taught her young uns all about seed pickin', cultivatin', and dashing neath branches at the first sign of danger. For 2 weeks mama helped her little fuzzy bottomed babies learn the ins and outs of life as a chick chick. Then one day, the unthinkable happened. It was around 10 o'clock in the morn, the mistress checked on the wee babes and mother, they were rooting about neath the trees close to the woods, all was well. Around noon, the Mistress checked once again on the family and found to her dismay, distress and horror that the 3 lil chicklets were cowering in the brushes and nearby was nothing but a pile of pretty feathers where, only 2 hours past, Miss Merri wether was scratchin' in the dirt! There was much weeping and gnashing of teeth, poor BABY CHICKS, orphaned at only 2 wks old!!!! Who was the dastardly criminal who stole Miss Merriwether???!!
Who? Me??? Heck, I would never do such a thing!
Okay, so I've been tasting the cat food in the mudroom...
and maybe I sampled a few duck eggs from the garden nest...
well, only about dozen or so... .
Well, we know it wasn't him, but a fox vixen who stole Miss Merriwether, so we took the coon way off to the deep woods and set him free, with the warning, "Never let me see those chocolate brown eyes and those adorable little fingers and toes and that gorgeous tail EVER, EVER again!"
I try not to interfere with nature too much, these are free range chickens and mommy taught them well.They have been caring for themselves now for 2 weeks. They wake themselves in the early morn and go about foraging for food all the day long. At dusk, they hop up the barn steps to the loft and manage to " fly" up to a roost where they cuddle together and snooze. It is a good life lesson to watch these youngsters survive without any outside help. Humans could learn a lot from these baby chicks. I am so proud of them. and their mama would have been proud of them too!
Wanna see?? Here they are!
The 3 little Merriwether orphans and a wascally waccoon.