Remember the post about broody hens? Well, her is an update on those cute little chicks.
Buffy and Edna seemed just fine working together to raise these little chicks. The chicks would run to either mom and snuggle underneath them to stay warm and follow both of them around learning how to find food.
Edna is a pretty relaxed mom. She doesn’t get really stressed when the chicks climb through the panels and go to the next pen. It probably helps that she can fly up onto the fence and go wherever she needs to go, while following them.
Buffy on the other hand is a little like a helicopter mom. She wants to hover over them constantly and wants them to go only where she wants them. Buffy gets really upset and runs back and forth thru the run, along the fence, panicking when they go to the other side of the fence, through the panels. If she would settle down and relax, she would remember that there are openings and ways to follow the chicks around the corral. But instead she runs crazily back and forth along the fence until the chicks listen to her squawking and come back. Then she settles down.
It is funny to watch the animals, it makes you realize when it comes to their babies they are not much different from us human parents, worrying and protecting our little ones. I smile as I write this because I see a little bit of me in all of this.
One of the hardest things I have found with chickens is getting the flock to accept new chickens. I decided the easiest way to do this, this time, is to start while the babies are small. I thought the moms would do best protecting the babies from the other chickens while the chicks were about 3 weeks old. I opened up the chicken coop doors and let the older chickens in where they could mingle with Buffy, Edna and the baby chicks. This worked really well. The older chickens were afraid to bother the babies because those moms were right there protecting them. Now the chicks are getting bigger and do just fine eating with all of the older chickens. My experiment worked and it made life a lot easier putting all these new chicks together with the older chickens.
The rest of the animals in the barnyard are pretty good about having all of these little chicks running around underneath their feet. I have my corrals set up to keep my chickens safe from coyotes and fox and stray dogs. My chicken coop is set in the middle of my furry friends and my Nubian goats. Both pens have an Alpaca in with them. They make some pretty funny sounds when there is anything abnormal in the area. This puts my goats and chickens all on alert. They start looking around to find out why Ernie and Skeeter are raising such a ruckus.
Even Grandma Cookie is pretty good to these little babies. She lays in the shade chewing her cud while the chicks roost on her back. She is the softest chair in the barnyard, and she doesn’t seem to mind at all. It takes the whole barnyard working together to raise these baby chicks. Not much different from humans. It takes a whole community working together to raise a child. I think that is one of the things I like about raising kids in a small community. We laugh as we listen to our kids tell stories about when they were growing up. They were pretty good kids, but they knew they had to be. Living in a small town we heard about things they were doing, before they even made it home from town. Lucky for us they were usually good things.
I hope you enjoyed the update on Edna and Buffy and the baby chicks. Be sure and check out the new children’s book where Buffy is the star in “Buffy’s Wish”.