Paisley is definitely beginning the third trimester of her pregnancy. Three weeks to go! We are so excited for spring babies!
Paisley has been scratching at her newly expanding belly so we trimmed up the hair and applied some lanolin to a couple of scabs where she scratched her swollen nipples.
Paisley curled up next to the head of our bed.
She is still just as sweet as can be though she has developed a love for destroying rolls of toilet paper. Such a mess! She fits right in with 2-year-old Jackson who has also discovered the joy of stuffing all the toilet paper in the toilet so he can try to plunge it down. I am one lucky mom...
In the spirit of spring babies, we have a mama hen who is determined to hatch her nest of unfertilized eggs.
It doesn't matter now many times we take Penny's eggs and throw her out of the nest she just comes right back and fluffs herself up and plops down in her little nesting spot. She doesn't care whose eggs she sits on, she's just happy to be hatching chicks!
We decided to grant her wish and we went over and picked up two day-old chicks from our favorite farm store--D&B. "They" say we have to wait until nighttime to try to introduce the new chicks to the mama but the chicks were cold and squawking so we decided to try it in the afternoon.
Jenna and Benson slipped their little hands under Penny and swiped her eggs then slid a little chick in under her big fluffy breast. It worked like a charm!
We checked on mama and babies this morning. It was below freezing last night so we had plugged the heat lamp in for the whole coop. All the hens were roosting on the roosting rack but Penny was in her nest clucking softly and her little chicks were nestled in as warm as can be. We normally don't have any food or water in the chicken coop--our birds spend all their time outside grazing the in grass or scratching for grain. But, today we put some water and chick crumbles inside the coop where mom and babes can reach easily. Our hens seem to get along really well. No one is pecked and we have never seen a squabble In fact these last three weeks, anytime Penny left her nest (ie. we threw her out so she would eat and drink...) one of the other hens would hop up and sit on the eggs.
It's so fun to watch mother nature in action.