One hot mama.

Willa is broody!

How do we know?

Well, for one thing, she won’t leave the nest. She’s fluffed up like a turkey. And she’s hot and bothered.


When you pick her up, you can feel how warm she is. Elevated body temperature is a classic hallmark of broodiness.

And when I say bothered, I mean bothered! Mess with a broody hen at your own peril!

She went broody last year, too, but I didn’t trust her. Willa happens to be one crazy chick. Truly crazy and not in a girl-just-wants-to-have fun way. Crazy in a needs-professional-help way. She didn’t seem like mother material to me.

But this year, things are different. Well, Willa isn’t exactly different. She is still more or less permanently hysterical. But the flock, in general, is aging up and the egg production is going down. If you don’t have a rooster (God forbid!) your choice is to hand-raise baby chicks or – and this is much, much easier – give them to a broody hen to raise.

We’ve done it successfully several times, but always before with a sensible, calm hen. There are many cautionary tales out there about broody hens who are quite convincing right up until the moment you give them chicks and then they abandon them – or worse! Yikes!

So. We’re going to see how this week goes. So far, so good. She won’t leave the nest unless physically removed and then just long enough to walk about a bit, grab a bite and a sip of water and then makes the beeline back into the coop…

Is motherhood in Willa’s future? The suspense is building…

Stay tuned!

About polloplayer

Empty nester searching for meaning of life through the occasional chicken epiphany.
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1 Response to One hot mama.

  1. citymama says:

    she reminds me of me in the morning before i have had coffee!! 🤣🤣🤣❤️

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