They many not be glamorous. They may not be as smart as a bug. They may be a bit messy, but I love my chickens. Here is a pic of our latest clutch to hatch. The mother hen ,a tiny bantam, is Las’ daughter, Leona (ok, Aubrey and I just named her for this post). So anyway, Leona has had 7 chicks hatch. She is still sitting on several more eggs. Apparently, after she went broody the other hens continued to lay their eggs on top of her, so they are at different developmental stages. I am not sure how much longer she will continue to sit on the latecomer eggs. I am trying to encourage her patience by providing her with plenty of food and water within reach of her eggs.

***Update*** The final count is 8 adorable little chicks.

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