I love my life. But there does seem to be quite a lot of it.

Between my job (not inher­ited that cas­tle in Spain yet), keep­ing us well fed, tend­ing the gar­den, the ani­mals and ensur­ing the house doesn’t fill with dog hair like an enor­mous house-shaped pillow…well, the days are full. But I know you’re yearn­ing for news about all the beast­ies here, so I present to you the Chicken Chron­i­cles: The Reader’s Digest Version.

By the way, before I get too far along, this post is ded­i­cated to my friend Gail, at Clay and Lime­stone. Not only did she offer the phrase Chicken Chron­i­cles in com­ments about how she enjoys my chick­ens’ antics, she also man­ages to do all that life, gar­den, job stuff and blog too. My hat’s off to you, Gail!

First, Pol­ish hen Edith went broody this sum­mer. For those of you who are not chicken mam­mas and pap­pas, that means she decided moth­er­hood was all she needed to ful­fill her des­tiny in life. She took to her nest box and refused to budge. Well, I have a fairly laissez-faire pol­icy when it comes to nature, so I fig­ured, let’s see where this takes us.

Frankly, as laissez-faire can be, the whole thing was messy. Long story short, all the other hens added to Edith’s clutch so that she ended up try­ing to sit on about 15 eggs—an impos­si­ble task for a lit­tle Pol­ish hen. To com­pli­cate mat­ters, Tina Turner, a beau­ti­ful buff Pol­ish hen, was swayed by Edith’s efforts and decided to hatch a batch of her own. She was eas­ily dis­suaded for a more care­free life among the moth­er­less hens.

Back to Edith…After about three weeks it was clear that noth­ing was going to hap­pen on the baby mak­ing front, so I took mat­ters into my own hands. Actu­ally, I took Edith into my own hands and took her off the eggs to get rid of them.

Voila! There was a chick under her!

Now, I will dip into the details just a bit here, even though this is the Reader’s Digest ver­sion. Edith is not the birth mother. T. Boone Chick­ens, our enor­mous rooster, does not do the wild thing with the Pol­ish hens. I don’t know if it’s because he prefers the more full-figured hens or if the Pol­ish girls are just too fast for him, but I’ve never seen him do the deed with one of the mop-headed girls. I sus­pect that the new chicken is from Dor­thy or Mered­ith, our Easter egg chickens.

So…to get back to the story. Edith and her baby were sep­a­rated so that the other chick­ens didn’t com­mit infan­ti­cide, as chick­ens will do. After a suit­able and appro­pri­ate mater­nity leave Edith and her young were re-integrated back into the flock. It was an endear­ing sight to see her alert­ing the baby to bugs, tomato morsels and blue­berry treats. At night she would sit with the baby under her. After the baby grew too large to sit on, she would put her wing pro­tec­tively over the baby as they sat side-by-side.

Baby and Edith, his adop­tive mum

The baby is now about 13 weeks old.

So far we’re call­ing the baby “Baby.” Clever, no?

The rea­son is that the baby will even­tu­ally be named Ricky or Lucy, names picked out by Carol at May Dreams Gar­dens. But one of the names has not yet stuck because I still don’t know if Baby is a Lucy or a Ricky. We should know in another month or so. But I will tell you this. Baby has really, really big feet like T. Boone Chick­ens. And Baby looks like a cross between Dorothy and Mered­ith, the Easter egg chick­ens. We will never know who the birth mother is with­out DNA testing.

Oh, and Baby loves Edith, his adopted and devoted mum. She is his true mum.

Be Socia­ble, Share!
Robin

11 Responses to “Chicken Chronicles: The Reader’s Digest Version”

  1. Layanee Says:

    I, too, love the Chicken Chron­i­cles and Mr. Ricky is quite a nice look­ing boy. I think he must be a boy. Glad your chicks are all on the mend. They are, aren’t they?

  2. Frances Says:

    Oh how won­der­ful, a story with a happy end­ing! Boy or girl, Baby is a keeper. :-)
    .-= Frances´s last blog ..How To Stop Voles-The Wall Project =-.

  3. Carol Says:

    Thank you for catch­ing us up with the Chicken Chron­i­cles. I’m going to assume he is “Ricky” for now, a sweet “teenager” chicken. He is a hand­some chicken!

  4. meemsnyc Says:

    Omg, that baby chick is just adorable. How lovely that the adopted mum is show­ing the baby the ropes!
    .-= meemsnyc´s last blog ..Fall Har­vest =-.

  5. Gail Says:

    Thank you for the ded­i­ca­tion and extremely kind words! I love the Chicken Chron­i­cles; the chick­ens; and a happy begin­ning! ‘Baby’ is beau­ti­ful and Edith is to be admired for know­ing what her life’s pur­pose is~It takes some of us humans a lot longer to fig­ure that out. Ricky could be a girl’s name, too. gail

  6. Natalie Says:

    Edith is very ele­gant and Baby is adorable!

  7. Lisa Says:

    Wow, You’ve got a great and enter­tain­ing blog going. I loved the post on your mam­moth sun­flow­ers! … and baby? baby is so cute:)Hope every­things going well with them!

    –Lisa @Back to the Roots, your stop for 100% sus­tain­able mush­room kits!

  8. Lisa Says:

    Wow, You’ve got a great and enter­tain­ing blog going. I loved the post on your mam­moth sun­flow­ers! … and baby? baby is so cute:)Hope every­things going well with them!

    –Lisa @Back to the Roots, your stop for 100% sus­tain­able mush­room kits!

  9. elleemme Says:

    Loved the chicken Chron­i­cles, just wish I was there to see it live. And Lucy is really cute young one.
    Thanks for sharing :)

  10. Kim Says:

    The best adop­tion story I’ve read all week — and I read lots of them! :)

  11. Ann Says:

    I love this story — that’s all I can say. Very heart­warm­ing and also funny.
    .-= Ann´s last blog ..Autumn =-.

Garden and food writer Robin Ripley is co-author of Grocery Gardening. Her new book, Wisdom for Home Preservers, is now available from Taunton Press. Bumblebee is about her life in rural Maryland, her garden, cooking, dogs and pet chickens. She also blogs about food and chickens at Eggs & Chickens. Follow her on Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook. Thank you for visiting.

Subscribe

Email Updates

To get the latest Bumblebee posts in your email box, just enter your email address.

  • Tags

  • Recent Posts

  • Google