Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Chicken Chatter: June is broody--for golf balls?

June has been broody for the past week.  In case you've never heard of broodiness, it's basically a phase that a hen goes through periodically, during which she wants to hatch her eggs.
June, broody.
Every day when I go to check on the chickens, I find June in the nesting box.  The most interesting aspect of all this is that June is not sitting on a nest of eggs (that would make too much sense). Instead, she is attempting to hatch a golf ball:
June is trying to hatch this golf ball.
The golf ball was placed in the nesting boxes before the chickens began laying to 'inspire' them to know where the correct spot was.  It is certainly getting more love now than I ever imagined.

I tried tossing the golf ball into a different nesting box, thinking perhaps June was just sitting in one particular box--no. When I later went to check on her, I found that she'd moved to the new box with the golf ball.

To make June look like an even bigger failure, the nesting box next to June's had FOUR eggs in it.  And June was still trying to hatch the golf ball.

Oh June, I think the golf ball may have to disappear...


  1. Shannon, this is hilarious! I couldn't just read this and smile, I had to tell you how funny I thought this was.. I'm sitting at work laughing! Can't wait to meet these ladies!

  2. So glad you enjoyed it! We're amused by her too. :)

  3. I am writing to let you know that I have just created my own very detailed guide on broody hens which you can read here.

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