Wednesday, June 02, 2010
Broody, Moody, Lazy Booty?
Betty needs our attention.
Before we brought the six little chicas home, we were hoping Betty would get broody and sit on fertilized eggs, then hatch a clutch of her adopted babes. But she never did get broody, and I saw our spring chick opportunities drying up...
So. Naturally, after we brought home Puff, Trudy, Zelda, Zoe, Temple, and Tesla, motherly Betty went straight to her nest box. She has been there five days. And no, she does not know about the new coopmates... they have not met. But maybe a little bird told her about the cute little fluff balls.
Could she be doubting our affections, and feeling abandoned?
Could she simply be broody?
Is she on strike? Let the new chicas eat all the bugs and entertain you, she might be thinking.
We love you Betty. Do not be a moody brooder.
Should we introduce the chicas, in the hope that she thinks she "did it!" ? Should we leave her alone and let her hormones adjust themselves in their own good time? Does she need chocolate, a spa day?!