|A close up of the award|
|Rob on left, Jeff on right|
The non-happening was that Mama Hen did not get any chicks to mother. After the 22nd day I got her off the nest. She had been sitting on a broken egg that was beginning to smell, and I was not surprised to find that the rest of the eggs were intact with no sound of peeping. I put her in the cage that she would have occupied with her chicks, and kept her there while I gave the nest boxes and coop a thorough cleaning. But when I let her out she ran right back to her box and jumped in. Poor Mama! I wished I knew someone with chicks to give her one. I took her off the nest, put her back in the cage where she had to spend the next two days, as she would run back to her nest at every opportunity. But finally last night she stayed on the roost, and this morning came out by herself, so I think that the broodiness has dissipated. We eventually broke all the eggs and found that none of them had developed. So they were all duds. It will be nice to have the flock back to normal as the other hens didn't seem to lay as much with her in the nest box all that time.
Now the next thing that needs to happen is to finish my shawl and get the loom warped with the next project. Besides gardening. And cleaning. And spending time with the Grandgirls.....