Postscript

Following up on yesterday’s post, last night when we went to place fertilized eggs under our broody hen we were surprised to discover a chick beneath her wings.

It seems that when we removed the chicks after she rejected them, one was inadvertently left behind and then taken under wing.

Great. So we took the remaining eleven chicks and reintroduced them to their adoptive mama, who seemed pleased to have them. Problem solved.

Well, not so fast. As insurance I put a heat lamp in the brooder coop, so that if there was a problem with the new chicks they wouldn’t die of exposure.

This morning when I went to check on them, I found one chick happily peeking out from under the hen and the other eleven huddled under the heat lamp. Good grief.

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Chickens.

Checked on this motley crew too, and still no new babies.

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Any day now.

Postscript to the Postscript:

I cut off the heat lamp and guess what? All twelve chicks are now huddled beneath the hen, who is clucking with satisfaction. Problem solved after all.

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20 comments on “Postscript

  1. A great report, Bill, and love the pictures!
    p.s. Decided what your next steps are with the book?

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    • Bill says:

      No, I haven’t. I’ve asked a couple of people to read it and let me know what they think. From what I’ve read it is extremely difficult to get a literary agent to accept a first novel and even more difficult to get a traditional publisher to publish it. And the process, even in those rare instances when successful, can take years. On the other hand, successful self-publishing requires good marketing/self-promotion skills (if you want to have readers). In any event, the first step for me is to get someone to give me an honest opinion on whether it’s any good.

      Of course I know you know all about the difficulties of publishing. 🙂

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      • You’ve summed it up well, Bill. It’s a challenge, for sure. But one never knows, so give it your best shot! So much of getting published and having success depends on having the right topic and finding the right agent/publisher at the right time. To prove this, all one has to do is browse the shelves of any bookstore.

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      • Bill says:

        It’s especially hard if the book is outside the popular genres (mysteries, romance, thrillers, etc.) And while self-published books don’t get into bookstores (usually), almost half of all book sales nowadays are through Amazon, not book stores. And traditional publishers nowadays expect their authors to do a substantial amount (if not all) of the promotion. There’s a lot to put into the mix!

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      • There sure is, Bill. Do let me know how you proceed. You’re an experienced author, so you know about having to do your own promotion. It takes thought and work.

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  2. Too bad, but I guess one chick has a mama!

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  3. Awww glad to see all chicks doing well.. 🙂

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  4. BeeHappee says:

    Loved this story, Bill! Priceless. I will share it with my children. One little guy’s persistence paid off.
    The Mamma knows what she can handle, and no more. 🙂

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  5. Oh the drama with your chickens. Love it! Glad they’re all happy now.

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  6. NebraskaDave says:

    Bill, one I’ve learned over the years is that animals will always surprise me. They just have a way of surviving even the little ones. After all they did survive for many millennia without our help. I’m glad to hear that all is going well on the White Flint Farm. As for crickets, not sure what would be a good solution. I know our crazy cat used to chase down crickets in the house but that was just an occasional one. A hoop house apparently has a whole new set of challenges. Do the crickets chew on the plants? Most times they are after the moisture and warmth.

    There have been many rainy days here. My garden rain catch storage tank is full with rain still falling. I may have to put up a couple 55 gallon barrels to fill while the rain is abundant. The main tank holds about 400 gallons of water. I try to keep that tank as full as I can with a couple barrels in reserve. It’s usually enough for the backyard garden during the hot dry months of summer.

    Have a great Spring day catching crickets in the hoop house.

    Nebraska Dave

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    • Bill says:

      I put down drip line (which isn’t always necessary in the spring) because there was no rain in the forecast. It’s been raining ever since I put it down. 🙂

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  7. Scott says:

    Oh, chickens huh. Funny story…

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