Well, the girls must know Spring is in the air. Except for Dolly with her new brood of seven chicks, all of my Silkie Bantams are experiencing degrees of broodiness. Yesterday, Meesha and Autumn monopolized two of the nesting boxes. Today, Feathers joined them occupying all three. Tilly has taken on the role of nesting box police officer. When she is not distracted by treats and scratching, she is inside of the coop chasing the little girls off the nests and out of the boxes. Today, I found a traffic jam, a line waiting for the boxes. Oyster Cracker was in one box, Autumn in the other. The other two Silkies were at the door waiting to return to their boxes!
|Autumn in the right box|
|Oyster Cracker in the left|
As the two girls waited by the door, a lot of growling was occurring between the Silkies. Oyster Cracker on the other hand was getting down to business laying one of her large gorgeous brown eggs. I know that when I return to the coop in a little while, one of the tiny Silkies will be perched upon Oyster Cracker’s humongous warm egg.
|Will you hurry up already!|
This morning I also had the pleasure of meeting Maryann and her husband Bob. Her flock of Buff Orpingtons can be found here.We actually live only a few miles from each another and never knew that one another existed until we both discovered each other through our love of backyard chickens. We had a very lovely time this morning. I introduced all of our chickens to them. The chickens were happy to have some visitors. Chocolate loves showing off his beautiful girls to others. He even crowed about them to Mary Ann and Bob. Of course their visit would not have been complete with seeing Dolly and her baby chicks. I cannot tell you how wonderful it is to connect with people and share your experiences both good and bad with others. As she held Percy, it seemed as if she already had a special connection with the chick. It was a very touching moment.
|A gift of Spring from Maryann and Bob|
I was also touched by their thoughtfulness. They brought the most beautiful arrangement of Spring pansies for me and my flock. We made plans for future visits and I will be featuring her flock in my Tour De Coop series sometime this Spring. They say it is supposed to snow on Cape Cod today, our first day of Spring. Today, I don’t mind. My heart has been warmed by this experience! Once again, another reason to keep backyard chickens.
Photo credits: Tilly’s Nest