Sometimes when you go riding surprises pop up.
So here I am up at the barn to ride and the weather is great.
I get most of my gear out so when I bring him in I will have everything all there. No problem catching him and I have him crosstied and I take my saddle off the saddle rack which is inside its own cubbyhole. I almost drop it when I hear this horrible squak squak. At first I thought I stepped on one of the chickens that roam around. So looking around and see no chickens proceed to get the saddle pad that was still there. Again more squaking.
Well now that the saddle and saddle pad removed I see the reason for the squaking. There brooding under my saddle was this chicken with about 8 brown eggs. She was NOT happy. So I put my hand in to see if I could move her as I didn't see the eggs at first and she was not budging...at all. I had some soft pads on the shelf and with the saddle above it was a nice nesting area...LOL When I see the eggs I felt bad about trying to move her so I rearrange the pad she is brooding on make sure all the eggs are under her and she is just sitting there clucking away. I rub her and stroke her and I get this soft cooing. She was very happy. I curl the edge of the pad so the eggs would stay in place and the draft from the door would be minimized.
So after my ride I had to put the saddle pad from the saddle very carefully back over her and put the saddle back on the rack careful so I didn't hit her or the eggs. More petting and more cooing. I got some of the grain food and put a little pile in front of her so she could eat as well before I lelt.
I am such a softie......................LOL
They can find the darnedest places to nest sometimes.
When I got my first horse, I board him at a "cattleman's" place nearby. I would help him keep track of where the hens and guineas were laying and we would take the guinea eggs and place them with a hen after she started sitting. Guineas are bad about getting spooked and leaving their chicks, so we let the more tenacious hen raise them.
I use to sneak some grain over near the sitting hens, so she didn't have to roam so far. This guy wasn't real consistent with putting stuff out for the chickens.
Awww, you are such a good person Spyder - I'm a huge animal lover as well :) Mamma chicken will remember what you did for her, make sure you keep an eye on her babies progress and report back!
Bring your camera, I would love to see piccies!
Awwww - what a place to pick! You better send us photos of the babies when they hatch!
You are a softie after all! ;)
What a nice thing to do, letting them borrow your space and a few pads!
Around here we have these stupid killdeer that like to nest in the middle of the arena then flap around and squak and chase the horses around while we're riding in there.
Funny how you guys call them Killdeer here - back home in B.C, we call them Sand Pipers.
I like the Killldeer, they don't bother me. The BO at my barn puts stakes out where their nests are so that no one interfears with them while at the barn. I think that's nice :)
It took a while but interesting news.
Seems most of the eggs did not hatch. Two chicks did hatch though but unfortunately she squished one.
The remaininh chick seems quite healthy and is such a cutie. I was able to pat it but mom chicken pecks at everyone that comes near..........except me. I am the only one she allows to pat her so I guess I am special.:-P
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