Broody Hens and a Long Day Planting

We have two broody hens sitting on clutches of eggs.   If things go as they should we’ll have a bunch of newly hatched chicks in a few weeks.

The two mamas-to-be have different styles.  One is sitting in a box I placed on the floor of the coop.  She didn’t object when I moved her there and seems perfectly content to sit it out in the privacy of the box.

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The other one has hunkered down in a nesting box and seems determined not to be moved.  Based on the fierce stare she gives me whenever I come near, I’m satisfied that she’ll stay on the eggs like she should. 

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I spent a long day yesterday planting.  It felt good to get things in the ground.   It may seem that there isn’t much to see in this photo, but this is a garden I’ve been trying to get planted for a long time.  Beneath the soil are the seeds that will hopefully generate an abundance of peas, joi choi, kale, collards, turnip greens, strawberry spinach, green romaine lettuce, sensopai and rainbow chard.  It’s a pleasant sight to me.

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After I finished that garden I moved on to the potatoes.  I planted seven varieties this year, including four varieties of fingerlings that are new to us.

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A few more days like today and I’ll start to feel caught up.

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