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Gone All Broody & A Giveaway

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Must be the honeysuckle perfumed spring air or the laughing breezes with their swirls of laurel blossoms… whatever the reason, our hens are in the family way.

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The walk to the coop is much more pleasant these days. bottes ugg Star jasmine blooms on the gate to the backyard and the chickens come running in hopes that you are carrying kitchen scraps. Inside the coop, Angelina snuggles close to her eggs in the biggest nest — the maternity suite.

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House seems to be walking a little taller these days. ugg australia pas cher femme iphone 6 case food Does he or does he not have the greatest job description ever (hang out with hot chicks and make more chicks)? What guy wouldn’t be walking tall?

I think we are all excited at the thought of chicks hatching out. bottes ugg pas cher Angelina has tried to sit on eggs in the past but always got up from them too soon. Perhaps she just grew tired of sitting around all the time. iphone 7 case uk We’re trying not get our hopes up that she’ll see them through. iphone 6 cool phone case We’re also not talking about it with the kids because there’s a very good chance that the children will be gone before the chicks hatch. bottes timberland pas cher personalised phone cases iphone 6 When the kids leave, I think that Josh and I will need the distraction and excitement of new life. game of thrones iphone 6 case The timing could not be better.

Because I’m new at this part of chicken husbandry, I consulted the experts at Backyard Chickens for information. Here are the highlights:

  • It takes 21 days for the eggs to hatch (this is the same whether they are in an incubator or being warmed by a chicken tush).
  • Broodiness is a “condition” that many breeders have tried to eliminate over the years because broodiness reduces egg production.
  • A mother hen needs to be kept away from other hens who may become jealous of her chicks.
  • Have food and water available to the broody hen at all times.

Have any other questions? Check out Tips for Incubating and Raising Chicks with a Mother Hen. moncler I will keep you posted on her progress. iphone 8 plus case shockproof heavy duty We’re hopeful that it works out. puma chaussure 2018 Any advice would be welcomed! Now, for the giveaway!

One lucky commenter will receive a copy of Successful Small-Scale Farming: An Organic Approach which you will totally love and read cover-to-cover feeling wildly inspired to plow up your backyard.

Your comment is you entry. One comment per person please (families may comment individually). Winner to be announced on Monday. iphone 6 navy blue case Anyone on any continent may enter.

  • Heather - The best and the worst job that I have is the one now. I know I won’t get fired but I can’t quit either. No, really. I can’t quit.

    Have a good weekend Lacy.ReplyCancel

  • Trias - Looking foward to plowing up the backyard! Looking for more land right now to do so!ReplyCancel

  • Barbie - My son, F1, really wants to raise chickens and sell the eggs. We haven’t managed to get dh fully on board with that yet, though. He thinks that eggs from the store are just fine. Sigh. But I’d still love that book. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Julia - Q: Does one hen going broody give the other hens ideas?ReplyCancel

  • Julie at Elisharose - Oh, I want to have chicks! The only thing is, I don’t know what we would do with them once we got them. Our two chickens are pushing the envelope of our neighborhood as it is. Our feed store sells fertilized eggs, so it is a possibility. Maybe someday.

    I know I just won a book, but this one sounds cool. Throw my hat in the ring!

    The worst job I ever had was a telephone solicitor. I could only do it for 2 1/2 days. I left at lunch one day and just couldn’t make myself go back. “Hello, this is Julie with your dial-a-number program calling from downtown Houston. Your number has been selected to receive a fabulous award certificate…” Two and a half days 30 years ago and I still can’t get it out of my head!!ReplyCancel

  • warren - My best job is probably my current job…writing software, doing computer stuff. My worst job, by far, was working at Red Lobster as a waiter. I worked one day and quit! Food services was not my gig!ReplyCancel

  • Shannon - We have two broody hens right now, but no rooster! The poor chickies were just sitting in empty nestboxes, so we finally found somebody nearby with fertile eggs and gave 6 to each hen. Ours are “due” May 26. So far one has been sitting tight and the second was off the nest for a little over an hour yesterday. We are taking a wait and see approach with low expectations, but it’s still exciting!

    Gosh, I didn’t even notice the contest; I was so excited about the broody hen!

    Best job I ever had was spending a summer as a camp counselor. Worst was the summer cleaning hotel rooms.
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  • the farmers wife - The best job I have ever had is being Wife, Mom and Homemaker. The WORST job I ever had was my Medical Assisting job. It wasn’t that I did not like what I was doing, it was the lazy and gossipping factor of the people I was working with.ReplyCancel

  • Robbyn - Woooo, a giveaway!!
    I’ve had a lot of worst jobs, but I think the most recent was the one two years ago when I was between other jobs and went to work for a drapery cleaners. It was 100 degrees OUTSIDE, and the shop was not airconditioned…and I worked the press…OY! 🙂 But I have to say it was a pretty effective sauna, ha!
    BEST job in the whole wide world is whatever I’m doing with and for my sweet hubby! He makes it easy to be myself..he applauds my successes and helps me laugh at the goober moments…and loves me no matter what. And he never shoots down a dream. He does get that “oh no, Lucy has another crazy idea” look quite often, but most of the time he’s got just as many, too 🙂

    RobbynReplyCancel

  • nfmgirl - What a great looking rooster! He’s a beauty!

    hmmmm. Worst job I ever had would have to be my first job with a temp agency when I was 18. It required me driving an hour to a K-Mart located in the next town over, and then standing there for four hours handing out flyers for the photographer. It sucked! But it impressed the temp agency that I was willing to do it, so they recommended me for my next job, which became permanent.ReplyCancel

  • Dianne - I love you pictures, Lacy! Can’t wait ’til our chickens are that big!

    Okay…the best job I ever had was as RN in a chilod psych hospital for ten years…probably the “toughest” too!ReplyCancel

  • Laura - The worst job I ever had was a receptionist for a law office. Answering the phone all day wasn’t bad, but having to explain to people you can’t sue for wrongful termination unless you have proof (Georgia is a right to work state, they can fire you for not liking your hair one day). I lasted 2 days and each night I would go home and cry cause I really hated it. The best job is the one I have now, mommy!ReplyCancel

  • Christine - Don’t you just love BackyardChickens? Such a great resource. I wish you good luck with your broody hens. We squeaked out two babies from our Pearl and ended up buying a couple chicks for Polly. There is nothing more precious than watching the babies with their mommas.ReplyCancel

  • Michele - I so loved the last thing I won over here I want to try my luck again. BTW, bought a book with that Amazon GC. Go figure. LOL!ReplyCancel

  • kerry - oh, how exciting waiting for chicks. hope that goes well. 🙂

    worst job i ever had? most of them have been pretty stinky, really. one of the worst was working as an accounts receivable clerk through a temp agency. one of the permanent workers there seemed to have a problem with me and would constantly talk about me just loud enough for me to hear. i ended up leaving there at lunch and never going back because it just became too much for me.

    best job, by far, has been my present job as wife and mother. cheesy, maybe, definitely true. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • CrossView - Best job ever? Wife to Guy and mom to my kids. Honestly! Also the hardest job I’ve ever had…. LOL!ReplyCancel

  • Loretta - The best job I’ve ever had is the one I have right now. I am a stay at home wife and homeschool mother. Life is constantly full of challenges as well as tender moments.

    We also have an interest in homestead/farming. In the past we’ve raised goats for milk, rabbits for meat (and pets), chickens for meat and eggs, gardens, and turkeys and guineas just for the fun of it. At the moment we are down to five dogs, one guinea, three horses and a pregnant cat!ReplyCancel

  • becca - My best job so far is what I’m doing right now, interning on an organic farm!ReplyCancel

  • Applie - What’s the best/worst job you’ve ever had?

    I’d have to say working in a Security office. We sent out people who didn’t want to work, to be temporary secruity for companies. I was replacing a woman who was getting fired and she knew it, but stuck around to train me. I cried everyday and quit in less than a month.

    Can I have that book now? 😀ReplyCancel

  • Matriarchy - The worst job I had was cleaning houses for an agency run by a dysfunctional friend whose own house was so dirty she got evicted.

    I’ve had a couple of fun/good/satisfying jobs, but the internet-based one that let me be at home with my kids was the best, if not the most lucrative.ReplyCancel

  • Christina - The Best Job ever is being a MOM! The worst job ever was delivering newspapers at 230 in the morning!

    Happy Mother’s Day! You rock like KISS!ReplyCancel

  • HeatherJ - My best job was being a nanny for a family that owned every toy I ever wanted to play with as a kid but didn’t have ~ and they had every kind of junk food I ever wanted as a kid but couldn’t have ~ with a pool in the back ~ and they paid me twice the going rate :o)

    My worst job was cleaning out 13 industrial sized refrigerators every day for a month. sick.

    Oh… I WISH I had chickens!!! It’s one of my all-time dreams.ReplyCancel

  • ToilingAnt - My worst job ever was working for a YEAR in the office of an entirely dysfunctional family business (ceramic tile contractor). Yes, both the family and the business were whacked. I hated the mind-numbing work (no computers, we used pencils and carbon paper, seriously) and camaraderie was non-existent. Not to mention the way I was treated by the contractors as the only cute young thing in the office. *shudder* I jumped for joy the day my boss said she could no longer afford to keep anyone but family… oh blessed freedom!ReplyCancel

  • Barbie - Hmph. I just realized that I didn’t answer your question. Of course, I don’t want two entries, but I do want to answer the question. 🙂 So, my best job is the one I have now: homeschooling mommy to seven of the bestest kids in the whole world, and dear wife to a guy who thinks I hung the stars. The worst: McDonald’s. Yucky, fast-paced, and made the zits pop out on my forehead.ReplyCancel

  • The Holly Tree - Thanks for your lovely comment, Lacy. I truly do appreciate it. *hug*

    I sure hope Angelina will be able to make it all the way through this time. I’ll definitely keep my fingers and toes crossed for her – and for you guys, too!

    HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY TO YOU LACY. YOU TOTALLY ROCK MY FRIEND.

    ((((((((((HUGS))))))))))ReplyCancel

  • marky - I totally covet all of you chicken owners!! We aren’t allowed them where I live, but I dream of sweet laying hens and my own farm fresh eggs!
    Lacy, make sure to post baby chick pix!ReplyCancel

  • ellyn - I hope you get to have chicks. My Grandfather had chickens when we were kids. It was such a thrill to hold a baby chick.

    My best ever job is the one I am currently doing. SAHM. Worst job; waitressing. Hated it. I really stunk at it too.ReplyCancel

  • Nessa - I love my job right now – I get to write all about trees and shrubs. I love helping people with their gardens.ReplyCancel

  • Lynnie - We have had bad luck with hatching eggs this year! Someone gave us some non-fertile ones and our own turkey eggs seem to be doing nothing. I always suspected our male turkey was more into chickens than his own lady-friend!
    Well, as for your question, worst job was definitely the semester I spent teaching an unruly group of 3rd graders. I lost 20 pounds in stress. Best is what I’m doing now, of course! But I’ve had a lot of good ones, taking care of babies, being a clown for the Red Cross, painting umbrellas at an amusement park, teaching!ReplyCancel

  • HeatherJ - Happy Mother’s Day, Lacy!!! I would have loved to have a Mother like I imagine you are ~ what lucky kiddos you have there! I hope your day is a magnificent one.

    (((Hugs)))
    HeatherJReplyCancel

  • Beth - Worst job: waitress

    I cried every single day.ReplyCancel

  • Robin - Am I too late? I hope not. 🙂 My best job was working at the movie theater in Oklahoma City. LOVED seeing all those free movies and eating all of that popcorn. 🙂

    My worst job was cleaning a house for a man who let his animals poop all over the carpet. ICK. The stuff was dried into the carpeting.

    Hugs!, RobinReplyCancel

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