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.