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BIG MAMA
My very favorite hen died this week. I’m so thankful that she as a part of my flock.
She was a big ole’ Buff Brahma and the mellowest hen I’ve ever had. She arrived when my flock was young and mothered the growing chicks.
Upon her arrival she took note of the pecking order, walked over to the lead hen, pecked her once and took over as lead hen.
She was the first hen to lay an egg
She was the first hen to brood chicks
She was a great mama, both a dedicated brooder and unlike most hens, she never left her chicks, she stayed with them as they grew up and hung out with them for the rest of her life.
Her DNA is in all of the gentle roosters I have.
I miss her already.
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Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XTi
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400
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f/5.6
Exposure
1/60th
Focal Length
55mm

BIG MAMA

My very favorite hen died this week. I’m so thankful that she as a part of my flock.

She was a big ole’ Buff Brahma and the mellowest hen I’ve ever had. She arrived when my flock was young and mothered the growing chicks.

Upon her arrival she took note of the pecking order, walked over to the lead hen, pecked her once and took over as lead hen.

She was the first hen to lay an egg

She was the first hen to brood chicks

She was a great mama, both a dedicated brooder and unlike most hens, she never left her chicks, she stayed with them as they grew up and hung out with them for the rest of her life.

Her DNA is in all of the gentle roosters I have.

I miss her already.

Scowling Rooster is Scowly
Lol, this is the happy face of my Brahma Rooster “Big Red” after I rescued him. He’d gotten himself wedged between the back of the pen and the wall — took me two hours to get him free and required real tools. Despite his cross look, he’s the gentlest rooster I have.
Zoom Info
Camera
Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XTi
ISO
200
Aperture
f/5.6
Exposure
1/60th
Focal Length
80mm

Scowling Rooster is Scowly

Lol, this is the happy face of my Brahma Rooster “Big Red” after I rescued him. He’d gotten himself wedged between the back of the pen and the wall — took me two hours to get him free and required real tools. Despite his cross look, he’s the gentlest rooster I have.

CO-PARENTING
These two Nankin hens (formerly garbage hens) have joined forces to brood and raise their chicks together. The chicks shown hatched from eggs abandoned by another hen. One eggs was cheeping so I slid both of them into the Nankin’s nest. They hatched on Sunday. They dark one looks like a Leghorns. The light one has feathered feet - could be a Brahma cross, which would be funny since at 6 weeks Mama hen and chick could be the same size. :)
In the top photo both hens are being defensive with the ruffled feathers.
The zombie eyes / glassy eyed look is typical of broody hens.
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CO-PARENTING
These two Nankin hens (formerly garbage hens) have joined forces to brood and raise their chicks together. The chicks shown hatched from eggs abandoned by another hen. One eggs was cheeping so I slid both of them into the Nankin’s nest. They hatched on Sunday. They dark one looks like a Leghorns. The light one has feathered feet - could be a Brahma cross, which would be funny since at 6 weeks Mama hen and chick could be the same size. :)
In the top photo both hens are being defensive with the ruffled feathers.
The zombie eyes / glassy eyed look is typical of broody hens.
Zoom Info

CO-PARENTING

These two Nankin hens (formerly garbage hens) have joined forces to brood and raise their chicks together. The chicks shown hatched from eggs abandoned by another hen. One eggs was cheeping so I slid both of them into the Nankin’s nest. They hatched on Sunday. They dark one looks like a Leghorns. The light one has feathered feet - could be a Brahma cross, which would be funny since at 6 weeks Mama hen and chick could be the same size. :)

In the top photo both hens are being defensive with the ruffled feathers.

The zombie eyes / glassy eyed look is typical of broody hens.

Brahma Mama and a couple of Gold Sex Link Chicks
I had three broody hens so I bought some fertilized eggs and gave 10 to each hen. This week they started hatching. This is the best Mama in the bunch, and my favorite breed - a Buff Brahma. Though the chicks look like they could be hers, they are actually Golden Sex Links - a breed that is a cross  - Rhode Island Red hen and a Delaware White Rooster - the chicks are red (female) or yellow (male) I also have Black Sex Links (cross of Barred Rock Hen and Rhode Isand Red Rooster) and Australorps. So excited to see the eggs hatching. ©lauraquick
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Camera
Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XTi
ISO
200
Aperture
f/4.5
Exposure
1/60th
Focal Length
35mm

Brahma Mama and a couple of Gold Sex Link Chicks

I had three broody hens so I bought some fertilized eggs and gave 10 to each hen. This week they started hatching. This is the best Mama in the bunch, and my favorite breed - a Buff Brahma. Though the chicks look like they could be hers, they are actually Golden Sex Links - a breed that is a cross  - Rhode Island Red hen and a Delaware White Rooster - the chicks are red (female) or yellow (male) I also have Black Sex Links (cross of Barred Rock Hen and Rhode Isand Red Rooster) and Australorps. So excited to see the eggs hatching. ©lauraquick

Broody Brahma Mama©Laura Quick
I have had the distinct pleasure of having three of my 12 hens go broody all at the same time. So, although I already bought chicks, these hormonally possessed hens have each been given 10 eggs to hatch. We’ll see how it goes. The Cornish was initially stealing eggs from the Cochin and rolling them into her nest. I have no idea whether or not those will be viable. This hen, my favorite Brahma, is a SERIOUS mama-to-be. She’s been awesome so far. The eggs are Astralorp, Golden Sex Link and Black Sex Link. Fingers crossed that some of the eggs hatch. I haven’t been around hatching eggs since 2nd grade. :) With any luck we’ll see chicks June 11-13. Squeeeeeee!
Zoom Info
Camera
Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XTi
ISO
200
Aperture
f/5.6
Exposure
1/60th
Focal Length
55mm

Broody Brahma Mama
©Laura Quick

I have had the distinct pleasure of having three of my 12 hens go broody all at the same time. So, although I already bought chicks, these hormonally possessed hens have each been given 10 eggs to hatch. We’ll see how it goes. The Cornish was initially stealing eggs from the Cochin and rolling them into her nest. I have no idea whether or not those will be viable. This hen, my favorite Brahma, is a SERIOUS mama-to-be. She’s been awesome so far. The eggs are Astralorp, Golden Sex Link and Black Sex Link. Fingers crossed that some of the eggs hatch. I haven’t been around hatching eggs since 2nd grade. :) With any luck we’ll see chicks June 11-13. Squeeeeeee!

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