Rural & Rustic

Life on a smallholding in the Welsh hills.

Latest Blog Post: A broody hen

17 May 2018, 2:25 p.m.

Last week, I noticed that our mother hen, Betty, was behaving oddly. She spent a lot of time preening herself and was scratching in places where there was nothing to scratch... she was also spending an increasing amount of time in the coop when she laid her egg each day. She appeared distracted, a bit giddy and "on edge". Then, one morning, I found her in the coop, all spread out on what looked like a nest and in a sort of trance! I knew ...

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