Thursday, November 24, 2016

Thanksgiving surprise



Look what I found hiding in the back corner of this old dog house! and in this cold November weather! 

Why, Ms. Hen, it's the wrong time of the year to be hatching babies!
I happened to look out the laundry room window and thought, what is that on the porch of the old dog house. So, I walked outside and found four baby chicks shivering and trying desperately to get back inside. (see the two little legs on the left)

After helping the tiny little babies, I got my coat and went to work, with my mind racing...what to do first. I got a little cornmeal and scratch, and crumbled a piece of whole wheat bread into a flat dish, then found another flat dish for water. Got that done, then pulled out the old heat lamp and drop cord and hooked it up. Whew!


That heat feels good!

A door! The house needed some kind of a wire door. Thank goodness, the cats were all asleep in the sewing room! Didn't take me long to cut a piece of rabbit wire and make a little door to keep the babies from falling out, and the cats from going in. 

So far, I've counted eight baby chicks, and mama hen is still sitting on what looked like six or seven more eggs.   

This is the little hen that flew over the fence every day to hang around in the yard with the big yellow rooster. Lately, noticing that she had quit flying over, and thinking it unusual. Guess I should have thought about it a little more.


It was about dark so this is not a good picture. There is wire over the door and it's warm inside. 

What a sweet surprise on Thanksgiving!

Love,
Henny




29 comments:

  1. Congrats Henny! What a lovely surprise on such a wonderful day.
    Happy Thanksgiving.

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  2. That is wonderful, you certainly are blessed and have a lot to be thankful for.

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  3. Oh that's wonderful congrats you Mrs Hen and you . Lovely Thanksgiving surprise indeed ! Have a a safe and Happy Thanksgiving .

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  4. They are so cute!

    happy turkey day

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  5. How sweet. You sure do know how to jump into action. Sorry cats.lol
    Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving from across the border. Deb

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  6. How cute they are! They sure are lucky that you saw them when you did, before anything bad happened to them. You sure jumped into action. Happy Thanksgiving to you and Poppy.

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  7. What a bunch of sweeties (and soon to be more)! So good that you happened to see them and get them some warmth and food to work with. Looks like there's not a lot of extra room underneath Mama's wings to accommodate them and the soon-to-hatch eggs.

    Hope your Thanksgiving is happy and you have enough pumpkin pie for Poppy and probably Eli and maybe several of the cats.

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  8. Sweet indeed! What an absolutely delightful surprise.

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  9. What a great Thanksgiving surprise. Good quick action on you part.

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  10. New life on Thanksgiving. what a special joy.

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  11. Aww cute! I guess you didn't notice that the hen had sort of gone missing for the last three weeks?;-) Just joking with you! Those banties are usually very good mothers. I'm just hoping that your snakes are all hibernating now. Happy Thanksgiving to you! Ours was about 6 weeks ago.

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  12. How sweet! Little fluff balls! Happy Thanksgiving!

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  13. What a clever little thing Mrs. Hen is to fool you like that. I hope they all survive!!

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  14. It would be a big surprise to find chicks hatching at this time of year...pleasant though!

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  15. I noticed that my blog isn't on your blog list since you had to re-do it. Could that be the reason you haven't been by to visit??

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  16. Oh, what a wonderful Thanksgiving surprise! So, so cute.

    Happy Thanksgiving!

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  17. What an awesome Thanksgiving gift!

    Grace & Peace,
    Pam

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  18. It was good you noticed them, Henny!
    Happy Thanksgiving and a blessed weekend to you all!

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  19. So sweet! You are so smart, mama! I love you! You are my inspiration. ~your girl

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  20. You never disappoint me in your unusual goings on out there! Surprise for sure. That seems like a lot of chicks for one mom, but then I know nothing of farm life except that I hated gathering eggs when we visited the grandparents farm when I was little. Too scary. You are wonderful for taking care of your little menagerie with such dedication and determination. What a Thanksgiving reward.

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  21. Now what? Will they survive? Bless you for caring for them. You angel

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  22. Awwww. What a sweet story and pictures. Have a wonderful weekend, dear friend.

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  23. How sweet and what a surprise :)
    Happy Thanksgiving.

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  24. Aw, they are sooooo cute! I love the photo with the tiny feet sticking out under mama hen. One more thing to be thankful for!

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  25. What a sweet surprise, and such mama !
    ~Jo

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  26. Congratulations Henny ....how wonderful. Praying they all will do well. Now that is something to be Thankful for!

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  27. What a sweet surprise! how are the cute little babies and their mama doing?

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  28. How sweet. What a special Thanksgiving gift. Hope they are all doing well. So sweet of you to care for them like you do. xoxo Valerie

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