Follow the Leader - Baby Chicks Hatch on the Homestead

| 12/28/2010 3:08:13 PM

Tags: Chicks, Free-range Chickens, Hen and Chicks, Free-range chicks, Robyn Dolan,

A photo of Mrs. D, Robyn DolanOccasionally when I let the chickens out to free range, one will not come back.  Usually  it has become dinner for a coyote, but once in a while, it will reappear and surprise me.  This is the case with this mama hen and her chicks. 

We were just finishing up breakfast and I was thinking about having a cup of tea with the llamas in the backyard when li'l homesteader dashed into the house squealing with delight.  When he finally regained control of his tongue, he blurted out, "baby chicks in the back yard, Betty's (our pit bull "guard" dog) not even eating them!"  I stumbled over my feet to get my camera out of my purse and jammed my shoes on as I ran out the back door.

The proud mama strutted all over the yard, showing off her handsome brood to curious rabbits and majestic llamas alike.  Betty, ever the protective mother, snarled at the cria for getting too close to "her" chicks.  Mamma llama seemed only mildly interested, having recently supplied what she felt to be the supreme gift to the homestead, her cria.  After parading her chicks around the chicken coop, mama hen settled down with her babies in the goat pen for a little nap. 

What a joyful day!!  For more of our homesteading adventures, and some luxurious handcrafted goat milk soaps and shea butter lotion bars, come by anytime: and

robyn dolan
1/29/2011 12:09:34 PM

That is so true!

1/27/2011 4:28:16 PM

What a great surprise! Nothin quite as adorable as baby chicks!

robyn dolan
12/29/2010 8:45:46 AM

Hi Dave, we're getting pretty cold now, but the chicks are bigger and with mama in a brooder now to help keep them warm and cozy. We had to catch them because the coyotes were coming around;)

nebraska dave
12/28/2010 6:46:49 PM

@Robyn, what a delightful surprise that was. Six more chics to the flock. It would not be a good thing for chics to be hatched in Nebraska during this time of the year. They would not endure the cold weather. It is good that your weather still seems to be warm enough to raise chics. Good luck with your new addition to the farm. Have a great baby chic day.

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