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!