She has spent the last couple of weeks brooding a nest she created behind the lawnmower in a pole barn style shed outback. Apparently, yesterday was the big day!
The last time she did this, I caged her and her babies up for their protection. Shortly after, she became aggressive towards the chicks, so I moved them to a cage without her only to have a raccoon slip in the cage and eat the chicks.
This time, I'm letting nature take it's course and giving her a chance to raise her chicks the way chickens have been doing it for thousands of years.
Having decided that, after supper I still had to go check on her.
I'm glad I did. She was huddled in the shed a few feet from her old nest where ...