One of our old brown hens surprised us yesterday by emerging from the tussocks with 6-day old chicks. She’d been a bit of a nuisance of late hanging around the staff room. Turns out she was separating herself from the mob in order to quietly hatch her eggs in private. Coincidentally, one of her sisters up at Chook H. Q. also hatched six chicks on the same day. We are a tad anxious as we see a Harrier Hawk circling, so who knows their chances? Free range can come at a price... if you are a very, very small chick.
This is their only officially sanctioned photo. The family would be grateful if mother and chicks are allowed privacy from paparazzi, etc.
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