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Monday, May 17, 2010

Music Monday - Farewell (a chicken post)

Today, I give you one of my favorite groups - the rock-cellists, Apocalyptica, playing 'Farewell' to my favorite hen.....



She had seemed fine all day, but the following morning found her mysteriously deceased on the floor of the hen house... :-(
(RIP Pearl...)

That only leaves me with two chickens, one of whom is totally broody (which is an exercise in complete futility, given that I have no rooster). It is rumored that you can introduce young chicks to a broody hen and chances are good she will raise them in lieu of her unhatched eggs -

So I found this amazing feed store by the County Fairgrounds - *80* different kinds of chicks!! (full-sized, straight-run, bantys, quail, ducks, geese, turkeys...). I brought home a barred cochin (left), a silver spangeled Hamburg (center) and an another Ameraucana (right).

 Initial introduction attempts just resulted in evil-broody-hen staring balefully at the small interlopers (also pecking. Or completely ignoring...) It was starting to get chilly, and Maleficent was showing no signs of taking over motherly hennish duties -

-so they are spending the night in the studio with me (and a heat lamp). Will give it another try tomorrow...

I miss you Pearl... Farewell...

9 comments:

Kuba said...

How sad! Hopefully all goes well and the new chicks are accepted!

Jennifer Rose said...

:( thats really sad :(
hopefully the new chicks get accepted as well

Vickie said...

Maybe she just needs to get use to the idea of adoption. For some females, not being able to have her own is more than they can handle :) Maybe chickes are the same way. Anyway I hope the little cuties survive the new neighborhood. Sorry about Pearl. It's amazing how attached we get to out animals.

d. moll, l.ac. said...

Pearl, pEarl, PEarL, yes, may she rest peacefully. Chickens have so much personality. I actually had a bit of an argument with my brother about this, he maintained that chickens were dull and stupid. And he has had chickens! Fingers crossed that Miz Brood takes to those cute as buttons chicks.

andrea said...

Awww. She was beautiful.

Hayden said...

oh dear. I've heard - now, I have ZERO experience, mind you - but I've HEARD that the best way to introduce is very late, when she's all tucked in for the night.

maybe you could fire off an email to Nita (on my friends list) she's raised chickens all her life and is wise in the way of natural things.

best wishes, and poor beautiful Pearl, may she RIP.

Paula Pertile said...

Oh, I'm so sorry about Pearl. :~(
I hope the little chickies can charm Miss Broodie hen into mothering them. Gosh.

The Garden Ms. S said...

I'm hoping for a happy resolution here. So sorry about your hen.

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

Oh, I do hate to read this!
I'm so sorry.
Rest in peace, Pearl.