Bait and Switch

Posted by Kitty Sharkey , Tuesday, May 31, 2011 8:03 AM

So PB, my buff orpington, has decided to go broody. 

Yesterday I gave strong consideration to stuffing the seven chicks I have in the house under her.  But I'm heading out for vacation soon and my friend Tina has offered to babysit the chicks at her house with her son Ezra.  Since these are actually replacement hens rather than meat birds, I want them to be handled a lot.  So off to Tina's they will go.

But what to do about PB?  I could just let her sit until she figures out she isn't going to hatch anything.  But that would be a waste of a perfectly good broody.  So instead I decided to stuff four duck eggs under her, two from this morning and two from yesterday.  Considering that Jack has been going at it with Mary and Bonnie on a regular basis, they should be fertile.  I have my fingers crossed that this will work.  Even if PB were to reject them once they hatch, having her incubate them for me will be nice.

Dreaming of roasting a duck over the fire pit.  Mmmmmm....  I suppose it's too soon to start looking for some tasty recipes.  I know, I know... Don't count my ducklings before they hatch.  *sigh*

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