What do chickens do in the rain? Mostly, they whine and carry on, stewing (hmm, interesting choice of verb…) in their pen for the past four soggy days. Autumn, however, distinguishes herself from the flock yet again. I’ve had my suspicions about her, noting that she spends long periods of time on the nest, but this morning I saw proof that Autumn is trying to go broody. (See this post if you don’t remember what that means: https://polloplayer.wordpress.com/2009/06/16/what-broody-means-in-chickenspeak/)
While cleaning the coop this morning, I saw Autumn using her beak to roll one of the golf ball “eggs” in the nest toward her.
Not only is Autumn the most personable girl in the flock, she’s also trying to win the “best mom” contest.
Sweet girl – I hate to “break” her broodiness but it’s stressful for a hen to “set” and with no fertile eggs, it’s the ultimate exercise in futility. Hopefully, removing the “egg” will take care of the problem for now.
Doing a bit of brooding myself on this rainy day. We had guests for dinner last night (Victoria made a divine Coq Au Vin!) and someone turned the conversation to the blog. All around the table, everyone had strong comments about the blog – and none of them were positive. From privacy concerns to criticism of my photo editing techniques (I do apologize!) it seems that the main purpose of the blog – to entertain and inform – is akin to Autumn trying to hatch a golf ball “egg”.
Because the blog has become a hybrid of poultry patter and personal updates, the question is which – if any – audience it should serve. Most days there are around 50 views; sometimes it spikes to well over 300. The personalized posts have been great fun for me since I tend to be lazy about correspondence, and, well, how much can you really say about chickens?
However, it appears that the blog has come to a crossroads: take it private, keep it strictly fowl in nature, or shut it down. I’ll be deciding over the next few days what to do, but am currently leaning toward closing it down. I guess I’ll just have to get better at phone calls and emails in 2010…