Mama hen & her growing chick

It’s been many years since we have had a hen get broody, but this Black Australorp hen did just that this summer hatching out only one of the three eggs she was setting on. We’ve had a lot of fun watching the natural process take place, from laying to setting to hatching to mama’s training. This little chick has learned foraging much faster than her older pullet coop-mates from following and watching mama.

Young chick is in the forefront keeping up with the older hens foraging.

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