We knew it was a longshot. Henny Penny (aka Bad Chicken) has been a resourceful survivor for two years now. We couldn’t keep her in any pen right from the beginning and she has been a successful forager from the start. We removed her rooster friends quite awhile ago now as they were beating her to pieces and almost killed her.
A few weeks ago she went clucky. Right about the same time our other bad chicken went clucky. Both have been sitting on massive piles of eggs. Neither of them are in a very safe location as neither or them prefer to be caged in any way. So bad chicken number 2 has a nest in the garage and she has been sitting on 17 eggs for just about 20 days now. She comes out once or twice a day to forage for food and harass us around the back door. I do not believe that she has any fertile eggs, but she will figure it out soon enough.
Henny Penny was a little behind her in timing. When she began sitting on her eggs I went to a friend’s house and got 8 fertile eggs which we slipped into her nest while she was eating. She has been doing really well, in a depression of dirt covered with weedy growth in the milking greenhouse. It is definitely not a safe spot, open to the yard and paddock areas. Every morning I go out and check to make sure she is still there, and up until today she has been doing very well. When I went in there this morning I realized that she wasn’t there, but outside foraging for food. Unusual, but not out of the question. When I went in to look at her nest I realized that it was all askew. Egg shells all over the place, with two whole eggs left in the weeds.
Henny Penny survived to live another day, but I guess our experiment in having a hen hatch her eggs has come to a screeching halt! At least Henny Penny is still with us. I don’t know what attacked the nest, but she was smart enough to get out of the way before she got hurt!