Thursday, June 19, 2008
I think an announcement should be posted on the Palace railings. (Although maybe a Blog is the Proclamation de nos jours.) Let's have a day of National Celebration too. Let's really push the boat out.
I'm pleased to announce the latest arrivals in the small mountain kingdom of Trelystan - 7 Cream Legbar chickens. 4 Cockerels and 3 hens I believe. I am fighting the temptation to use all the soppy adjectives in the book - but this really is an 'aww cute' situation.
Their surrogate mum is a Silver Laced Wyandotte bantam who has sat tight on the little clutch of eggs for the past 3 weeks. Yesterday I could hear chicks cheeping from inside their shells and this morning 7 balls of fluff with beaks and beady eyes were peeping from under her wings; they had hatched overnight.
I am amazed that this first time mother knows instinctively what to do. Already she is showing them food and water - although I think they don't need either for 48 hours. Her trance-like broody state has gone and she seems attentive and demonstrative with a new series of clucks which must mean something to the chicks. As a first-timer I wonder if she was surprised when the eggs she'd patiently nurtured turned into wriggly living things beneath her.
She's taking it all in her stride. Me, I'm giddy with excitement and quite glowing with pride.
Well done that hen!