"We must achieve the character and acquire the skills to live much poorer than we do. We must waste less. We must do more for ourselves and for each other. It is either that or continue merely to think and talk about changes that we are inviting catastrophe to make. The great obstacle is simply this: the conviction that we cannot change because we are dependant on what is wrong. But that is the addict's excuse, and we know that it will not do."
—Wendell Berry

Sunday, 29 January 2012

Look who wandered in.

Just when I had given up hope of the hens ever hatching out a clutch. I ran into this girl bringing her babies in for a drink.

For a long time the hens have variously hidden themselves away on a secret clutch and not once has anyone managed to hatch any out. So it was a pleasant surprise indeed to see this mum with her brood today. A week ago we discovered her on a nest of fourteen eggs out in the field under some raspberries. She seemed pretty determined so we left her there. As you can see she doesn't trust me with her babies, as soon as I got the camera out she puffed up and told me off before escorting her flock out to the field again.
I am pleased she is showing a strong defensive nature, it will give the chicks the best possible chance. Hopefully she will pass on her secret to the other hens and we will have a few more chooks about the place.

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