Maybe it's the recent heat, but a few of the chickens sure have been acting weird the past couple days. This morning I noticed this hen acting all motherly toward this turkey poult, shepherding it around and protecting it from any other bird getting near. Now I just finished cleaning the coop and the two of them were snuggled up together inside. Maybe the hen decided it wasn't worth being broody in such hot weather, and besides I kept taking all her eggs away, so she adopted a turkey. The poult seems to like the attention.
This buff orpington hen has also gone broody, hunkering down in a nesting bucket the past couple weeks. She is SO crabby. A couple times she has actually drawn blood, pecking my arm when I reach under her to collect any eggs. That makes me all the more certain I don't want her to raise any chicks to grow up to be like their mom!
In September 2008, we dived into our dream of creating a small, sustainable farm. Neither of us has previous farming experience, but we have enthusiasm and many ideas for this little 10-acre farmstead.