Unplanned Pregnancy! Warning – cute pics!

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Well, these things always happen on a Sunday!

I was going out this afternoon to feed the hens and heard all this chirping coming from the long grass behind the ruins of our old barn. Uh-oh, I knew what it was straight away as there have been a couple of hens awol for a wee while.

So I ran over and was greeted by this hen

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I wasn’t sure how many there were but I guessed over ten. I phoned my mother to come give me a hand and we managed to get all THIRTEEN rounded up straight away!

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All nice and exciting, but this is when things got interesting. I wanted to find where the eggs had hatched, just to make sure we had them all. We did so, finding 2 dead ones in the nest, along with one dud

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THEN I heard another hen make the slightest of noises, low and behold, we found THREE other hens, all sitting on eggs!!

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The last one there is black and very difficult to spot. I reckon there are another 30 or so eggs under these hens. I’m not quite sure what I’m going to do with all of these chicks – especially as I’m away on Tuesday for over a week!!

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Here is my mother searching for nests amongst the long grass.

Martin also liked the chicks!

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We’ve moved the hen and chicks into a room in the barn for the time being, where my mother can keep an eye on them. She’s also going to have to come in a couple of times a day to keep check the unhatched ones too!

I previously blogged about my chickens and have only had one chick before this, but that didn’t end well.

Here is the hen as we left her, sitting on the chicks.

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