A good mother hen is worth her weight in grain; double, triple… decuple (that’s 10x) her weight in grain. Her skill-set is invaluable to your homestead.
In poultry, hens can be great mothers or just okay mothers or not want anything to do with these highly active, presumably annoying hatchlings.
We have a chicken hen named Nellie. She is almost seven years old and has become an invaluable member of our flock because she is the best poultry mother ever and most certainly receives the blue ribbon. Regardless of the species she greatly cares for each young bird she raises, teaching them wonderful skills of not only how to survive, but how to thrive. She keeps all of the hatchlings well into adulthood and recognizes birds which she has raised.
Peeking into our coop on a chilly winter night you will see her with a variety of birds she raised…
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