I am so excited that I got my seeds under my grow lights this afternoon! Real life kept getting in the way of this as it often does! I started seeds of tomato plants, kale spinach, broccoli, cauliflower. I also started my sweet bell peppers as well as my hot habaneros. With the encouragement of the heat lovers in my life I even started some ghost pepper seeds. Thank you Sam for jumping right in the middle of my garden adventures! Sam is the one that felled Goliath(see story here) and taught me how to get a bumper crop of tomatoes every year.
All these little seeds are under grow lights; the promise of a new beginning! I am excited to announce that I have another new beginning nestled in the warm darkness. NO, NO, NO I am NOT pregnant! My youngest son “The Prophet” is the exclamation point at the end of our sentence and what an amazing sentence it is!
Dottie, our bard rock cochin has become broody. For you city girls let me explain: this is when a chicken has the undeniable urge to hatch eggs into chicks. It doesn’t matter that the eggs are not fertile(no rooster in the house) and will never amount to anything other than warm eggs. It doesn’t matter that she is taking up residence in the only roost box that all the other hens like to lay in. After all, the more eggs the better. It doesn’t even matter that the crazy chicken lady comes every evening and steals the eggs right out from under her leaving her hatching …..straw. NOTHING will dissuade her from her single minded task! NOTHING!
My mom always taught me that when life gives you lemons squeeze those bad babies, dig the change out of your couch and come up with some sugar to make lemonade! I have a little twist to the whole idea/saying. When life gives me lemons I reach out to my friends and family and see who wants to have a lemonade making party! Usually these amazing people come up with a main course, a few sides, entertainment and something to spike the lemonade with! I am loved!
This afternoon I was able to tuck 8 beautiful fertilized eggs underneath Dottie. In 21 days we should have some city chicks! Thank you Corbi and Preston(just a few of my lemonade makers)
I was imagining mama hen raising these little chicks beneath her wings, but I am told this would not work out, at least not in an urban setting. My wise friends have advised me that the minute the chicks hatch I should whisk them away from the hen that has hatched them and put them in a brooder under heat lamps.
If you have any experience with letting hens raise chicks please scroll down and leave me your wisdom in the comments. This is all new to me(and fascinating) because after all I am a city chick myself!
We captured our seed planting, egg nestling day on video; We do a lot of things on video that we don’t include on our blog so if you want to be involved in our day to day craziness, then subscribe to our you tube channel, after you watch the video and officially become lemonade makers!
Here’s the link to the video: https://youtu.be/mBQ5i7DsSdA