A broody hen is worth her weight in gold. She sacrifices herself for 3 weeks (Muscovy Ducks for just longer than a month) to incubate her eggs, and then raises her babies with the fierce protection of a lion and cubs, only in a much smaller size. Still, a mother hen is very formidable when it comes to protecting her brood. The Muscovy ducks became broody about three weeks ago, first, Suzy, the chocolate Muscovy, then Linda, the black and yesterday, they were joined by the Orpington hen, Penny. Oh my goodness, they are all in one nest. The thing is, the ducks were in the nest for a while now and two of the hens continued to lay their eggs in the old dog house as well, so there are a number of chicken eggs there. I doubt any are fertile because the roosters are tiny bantams and though they try, they just cannot quite mate with the big hens. Currently, there are so many eggs in the nest that the three broody hens cannot cover them all. Once in a while one or two fall out and then there are those that it appears they may have pushed out due to breakage. It is quite the interesting combo, two ducks and a hen, but so far, they all seem to be getting along just fine. Cute or what?
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