the Pro’s & Con’s of Free Range Chickens

well our mama hen has been missing since the flooding occurred the other day.

She had hatched 9 chicks earlier this spring, raised them up to independence and then dutifully sat again until she hatched another 6 not but a week or so ago.   With all the rain I hadn’t even got photos of that clutch.

Today we finally located her, a pile of feathers outside the fenced chicken pasture 😦  No chicks of course to be found.

We will miss her, she was a mean old cuss if you tried to touch her, but she was what I call a “real” hen.  We are happy however to report that her 9 are still here, healthy, alive and of those 9 she hatched 3 that look identical to her.  These so far are smart enough to stay within the boundaries of the fence and out to pasture with the goats & guardians.

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