Broody hen number 2 is not the best mother. She lost 5 of her 9 chicks shortly after hatching them. They would call her loudly, while she wandered off to eat in another area. So many times, I have shooed her back to them or shooed them over to her and she nonchalantly continues on her way doing what she was doing with no mind to the babies. Two of the little ones are quite good fliers already and two are not or are too shy to fly very high. The broody has taken to roosting in the tree, fairly high up and the little ones cannot get up there. They stand at the bottom and scream for her and she thinks she has her brood though she only has the two that can fly. The first few nights I got the broody hen out of the tree and she clucked all the way back to the place she had the nest and stayed there for the night. But last night she was not having it. She wanted to stay in the pine tree and that was that. So, I made a stairway to Heaven for the two remaining chicks, who happily scrambled up to the branch and then figured out a way to get to mother hen. The same thing happened again tonight because the little ones did not remember how to use the walkway. After some encouragement they made it up the tree to mamma and there they are snugged against her, despite the rainstorm on its way. I sure hope she manages to keep the 4 of them warm enough on that branch.
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