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Two broody.

Maybe they saw Mother’s Day on the calendar. Or maybe they heard about the U.S. birth rate hitting a thirty-year low and decided to take matters into their own hands, er, feathers. I guess it’s no surprise that Bella would … Continue reading

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Happily Ever After.

Last week we were on tenterhooks – would Bella accept her adopted chicks? She seemed initially stunned by the peeping fluff balls that had materialized beneath her. They knew what to do, stay close to mom, but did she? By mid-morning, … Continue reading

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Babies for Bella!

It has been a long, sleepless night and this midwife is tired! Yesterday noon we picked up two darling peeping chicks at the feed store, a Blue Cochin and an Ameraucana. Cochins are the Asiatic breed fancied by Queen Victoria. … Continue reading

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Countdown to Mother’s Day.

Bella and I are thinking about Mother’s Day. “It’s the most important thing you will ever do in your life”, I whisper to her. She growls at me and then shrieks as I pull her off her nest. Bella, my … Continue reading

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Mama Drama.

Just like clockwork, Bella has gone completely, absolutely, magnificently broody. Like Hope before her and in the spirit of the reliably broody Buff Orpington breed, Bella has spent the last week glued to the nest, convinced she is presiding over a … Continue reading

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Introducing: Pippa and the Pips!

Three years ago, our beloved Buff Orpington, Hope, taught us the ways of a broody. We successfully “grafted” some hatchery chicks to her, one of which was our Belgian Mille Fleur d’Uccle, Pippa. Sadly, Hope and many of her compatriots … Continue reading

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I Know Why the Caged Bird Squawks.

We all think we know what the term “broody” means. It rhymes with moody and is often used interchangeably with that word, or we use it to describe someone who is ruminating over melancholy thoughts. Webster’s defines it as “given … Continue reading

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