Hen with Hatchlings


Hen with Hatchlings
Hen with Hatchlings uploaded by Sarah Worthy. Licensed under Attribution-ShareAlike.
Sixteen, count 'em, sixteen. Note the one in the foreground with the blood and missing feathers. The groundskeepers occasionally find single eggs and they put them in the nest of a nesting hen. For some reason, she will set the egg and not bother the hatchling for a couple of days, then she attacks with a vengeance. Another hen adopted this hatchling. It took about 8 hours for these to hatch. They were about 4 or 5 hours along when I arrived that morning.