Monday, June 28, 2021

Not Not-Dave's Chicks

                            

This is Not-Dave. She is sitting on some stolen chicks. She looks a lot like her mother Dave (Josie did the naming.)  Dave is  part Banty hen and she raises a gang of chicks almost every year. Dave refuses to stay in the chicken coop and generally makes a nest amid the hay. Which is probably where she was when I took these pictures of Not-Dave.

                            

Evidently two eggs hatched before the rest. And Not-Dave has the chicks while Dave continues to sit on the rest of the eggs. 



Not-Dave seems very happy as a foster mother. Who knows, some of the eggs Dave is sitting on may have come from Not-Dave--it's not unusual for hens to share a nest.


And below is Buck-Buck (Josie again.) He is the putative father but is not especially involved in chick-raising.






6 comments:

Anvilcloud said...

Dad's can b aloof like that. :)

Marcia said...

Are Dave and Not-Dave related? Or was Josie just at a loss for a name? My daughter has ended up with two roosters that she's tried to give away unsuccessfully. We call them watch roosters because they crow whenever someone passes the coop.

Vicki Lane said...

Dave is Not-Dave's mother. They are almost identical to the untrained eye.

Sandra Parshall said...

They have their own lives and will live them as they please, thank you, with a little help from their friend Josie! This is all so funny.

Barbara R. said...

Oh the life of a chicken...named Dave or Not Dave! I love Buck Buck!

Junk Journal Penpals said...

Beautiful pictures Vicki. I can't resist looking again at such pretty little chicks!