The mother hen that hatched the lonely Easter Chick has resumed her job of providing us with eggs! I got the first egg on Friday and I got another one on Sunday. I remember the last mother chick laying eggs again while she was still taking care of her little chick, but I didn't take note of how long it took a hen to go from broody to laying again.
The chick was hatched on April 8th, so that means the hen was setting on eggs at least two weeks prior to that (and not laying any more eggs). According to my guesstimating, the hen took off just over two months of egg laying. Not sure if that is normal or not, but now I know. And I'm sure all of you were just dying to know that little bit of chicken-trivia. Two months of paid (i.e. free scratch & treats) Maternity Leave is a pretty good deal.
She and her chick are still in the smaller brooding pen and I'm not sure when I'm going to let them out. I always seem to have a problem letting the little chicks out into the "big" world. I've probably lost close to a dozen chicks to predators once they are let out of the pen, so I'm a bit gun-shy now.
And since the chick is still pretty small, it can't make the big jump up to the chicken coop door. So that means I'll have to build a chicken ramp; something I've been meaning to do forever anyhow.
Just put it on the list, right?