Saturday, August 6

Broody Hen


Bev is broody again! Last year she was the same and we did take her over to the neighbours and gave her the opportunity to hatch some eggs, but it wasn't to be. When we brought her back home the remaining hens seemed to pick on her a bit. She is fully integrated back into the brood now, so I wont be hiring out her services.
She has stopped laying eggs (easy to notice as hers are blue) but sits on any of the eggs the other hens lay. I don't want to disrupt the egg laying programme - we currently get 5 a day, so I am easing her off the eggs around teatime. Sometimes when hens become broody they become weak as they do not eat, but when I ease her off the eggs, she leaves the henhouse and makes her way to the food, so I am quite happy with this.
The eggs remain wonderful and feature in my breakfast most days.....who could resist this?

17 comments:

  1. Oooooooo yum nothing like a fresh egg!
    You could put her in a crate elevated on bricks for a day to bring her body temp down? Or give her some fertile eggs to hatch :) She is beautiful.

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  2. That egg looks rich and delicious.Bev is simply beautiful. She looks snuggly and makes me want to hug her!I love chickens. And cows. I shoulda been a farmer. xoxo

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  3. Nothing quite like a soft boiled egg with soldiers!
    Theres more to hen raising than anyone would think! You obviously know all their little personalities.
    Maggie X

    Nuts in May

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  4. They're so different to shop bought aren't they. I sell free range eggs from our Isa Browns and people constantly comment on how different they taste.

    Bev is a beauty.
    CJ xx

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  5. We were lucky with our chicks this year Denise - it looks as though we have 5 hens and three cockerels, so we shouldn't have to buy in any replacements. I love boiled eggs too but like mine for tea.

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  6. That has to be the most beautiful egg I have ever seen.
    What a darling hen and the fact she lays blue egg makes it even better.

    cheers, parsnip

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  7. oh yes one of my girls are broody at the mo, a friend has gave me some eggs to see if we become parents again so fingers crossed x
    lovely eggy breakfast by the way x

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  8. Aaah, she's pretty. My rescue pigeons are so much easier. Pop a fake egg in the nest and they sit on it, then take turns to go and eat, then get fed up and chuck it out!!!
    Jane x

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  9. When I was a child, my mother would make us each a boiled egg, toast, and orange juice for breakfast before sending us off to school. Lucky you! :D

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  10. Oh Denise, you did it again! The egg cooked to perfection and buttery toast to go with it! Yum!

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  11. What a perfectly beautiful boiled egg!
    My doctor says I'm not to eat eggs because something or other showed up in my last blood tests. Then he said I could eat the whites, but not the yolks.
    What, tell me, is the point of just whites unless you're making meringue?
    Sigh.
    — K

    Kay, Alberta, Canada
    An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

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  12. Keeping hens is so rewarding. I've forgotten what a really fresh egg tastes like.

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  13. you are making me feel hungry...

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  14. I guess that hens have a right to be moody from time to time too, like the rest of us :-)

    Just not stop the eggs ...

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  15. It looks delicious and it seems so perfect to serve it on Beatrix Potter china:-)

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Thank you for your comments, always nice to know somebody has taken the time to let me know what they think.

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