Saturday, August 15, 2009

Eggscape! Princess Laya Does It Again




Pretty isn't it?


That's our beloved Escape. As pretty as she looks on the outside, she has a transmission issue ... needs a new one. Her transmission quit after one of Junior's football games back in September. We towed her back across the state and took her to two different car doctors, but got the same diagnosis each time.





"Needs a new transmission."


Nooooo!





Dang ... where is that government controlled car health care system when you need it?


... and why hadn't I been responsible by routinely funding a car health management account in the free market system?





It was tough decision time. The Escape was running great (minus the transmissue), she looked great, and she was sporting brand new tires and was paid off ... the same month the tranny went out.





Still, she had 175,000 thousand miles on her ... should we fix or buy?


Well, we bought, months ago ... an almost new Nissan Frontier that we love.





Which gets me finally to the chicken story ...





Unsure how to offload a good car with a bad tranny, we parked the Escape in the yard. I started it up routinely to keep things working and changed it's location once in a great while.





Recently, I had a buyer coming out to look at it, so I moved the Escape in order to wash the dust from it.





When I did, there was Princess Laya and a clutch of eggs. She had been nesting beneath the Escape!




With the Escape moved, I arranged a bunch of yard stuff around her exposed nest to shelter it fromt he weather and hide it from prying eyes, noses, teeth, and claws.
Laya seemed to accept the new situation and loyally sat on her eggs.


Yesterday, when I checked on her, she was not on the nest ... and the nest contained broken eggshells.


Nearby, in the shrubbery and tall grass, I could hear cheeping.





Chicks!


Four chicks!

I think they probably were born about two days ago. Which would make their birthday the same as a certain 8 year old.

Pretty cool.


Here's mother Laya practicing her stern look.

I was relieved to see that none of the chicks had 3 wings or 2 heads as all the roosters around here are Laya's children too.

17 comments:

cndymkr / jean said...

Congratulations!

robin andrea said...

She's quite a good momma, and you are a good steward.

TenMile said...

Bad chicken - no tranny.

threecollie said...

Peeps!

Dee said...

Awwwww...nothing is cuter than new born chicks. Layla is a good mama.

Miz S said...

Best hen ever, right?

Good camouflage you rigged up there. But even with that, it surprises me that a hen could nest right out there in the yard and not lose her eggs to another critter. Good going, Princess Laya!

nfmgirl said...

So does that make this a tranny trick, or perhaps just a tranny chick? (I need to quit hanging out with guys. I shouldn't know about tranny tricks!)

Sandcastle Momma said...

Very cute babies Princess Laya has. Sounds like you might need to add some new blood though or you won't be able to escape those 3 headed, 6 legged chicks.

Anonymous said...

Princess Laya is still the coolest "chick" out there!

Patti

Cathy S. said...

Your puns crack me up!

Kimberlee said...

Yeah, I think Laya definitely deserves a boyfriend that she didn't have to produce herself. :)

Dani said...

Elizabeth thinks it's very cool indeed! :)

Aunty Belle said...

Charming post! Sorry about the Escape. Welcome new PFHQ chicks!!

AN' I'se gonna give your peanut hoedown a whirl.

(BTW< a reply to yore thoughts on Monsanto is on Front Porch. I agrees wif' ya about the selective breedin'--slow like Mendel or fast wif' techno wizardry it is the same principle--but I'se worriet about a NEW principle--transgenic breedin' whar' they cross fish with plants or bugs wif beets.)

Does ya go back to skool this comin' week?

Thunder Dave said...

Check my post...we accepted your challenge and it's a done deal! It was all very tasty! Let's see how it measures up!?!

Miz S said...

Are you in for some weather down there?

Dani said...

Woohoo FC! Gonna get some rain now for your pond!

Floridacracker said...

To all,
Laya is the bomb isn't she? Best hen ever!

The chicks are fine, ... got some video of them I will try and share this week.

The weather went right by us, Not a drop of rain today, but go check out Our Nature in the side bar for a first hand look at Claudette.