Tuesday, February 24, 2009

saro sits

If you walk into my birds' coop right now this is the rump you'll most likely see. Little Saro brooding near the feed bin, living on a prayer. She rarely leaves her post, not even getting up to eat or drink. I worry about her, and hand feed her grain and water to make sure she takes care of herself while on duty. Cyrus (her mate) guards her and egg like a proud father, hissing whenever anything gets too close. I have no idea if the home team will pull it off, but there's a slight chance a gray gosling will honk in this spring melt. For now, our girl sits and waits and we do to. Stay tuned.

11 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Birds have been sitting on their eggs for a few years before you came along. I reckon they know what they are about, eh?

Don't fret.

February 24, 2009 at 11:49 PM  
Blogger Katherine said...

just wanted to let you know that i have read and love your book! i have wanted chickens for awhile, and now have three baby chicks in a brooder downstairs. i already love them to bits and i swear--i worry about them more than i did my son when he was a newborn!

February 25, 2009 at 1:43 AM  
Blogger Jenna said...

hey anon, i know. i'm just anxious/excited.

katherine, congrats! what kind of birds?

February 25, 2009 at 5:43 AM  
Anonymous The french mule man said...

There is probably as many way to deal with her as they are farmer. I personally get all my fowl out of the nest once a day, I usually put them a few feet from it near the food and water. That allows them to eat, drink, poop and get some "exercise". This is much more easier to write than to do especially if you have to deal with a temporary "mean" gander.

I just receive by FedEx yesterday some Duclair duck fertile eggs from France. They are supposed to be one of the best duck grown in France. Not to mention that they are almost from where I grew up and are more than endangered

But just do whatever feels good for you.

The french mule man

PS : when did she start to sit on the nest ? The first time you mentioned it was on the 13th which means that she has already done half of the incubation time (30 days) as you said it was a few days since she had started ?

Did you check out the eggs to see if there was something growing in every of them ? that is always my favorite time when my fowl sits on the nest ( with of course the moment you start earring them under momma ...)

ENJOY

February 25, 2009 at 5:51 AM  
Blogger Peacemom said...

Love to Saro! Best wishes on Mommyhood, it's a wild ride.
On another note, I wanted to suggest to all Jenna's fans out there, send an email to Storey and ask for her next book deal. I think if enough of us do this, it will get the buzz going. I sent mine this morning...just a suggestion!!

February 25, 2009 at 7:36 AM  
Blogger Amy said...

If you haven't already you should definitely check to make sure that something is growing in the egg. Google "egg candling". You can probably just use a bright flash light to do this. Practice on a chicken egg first to make sure it is working.

You wouldn't want her to sit on an egg that is rotten.

February 25, 2009 at 10:00 AM  
Blogger Tara said...

How exciting! One of my Muscovy ducks just started laying, and has a clutch of 11 eggs so far. I can't wait for her to start sitting - they're supposed to be very reliable sitters.

Hooray for fuzzy babies!

February 25, 2009 at 11:31 AM  
Blogger Diana said...

Brooding birds always fascinate me. That perfect trance they seem to enter except when defending their clutch... we should be so lucky when gestating.

Personally, I've always found that candling did nothing but give an impatient farmer (me) something to do while waiting the brief time it takes to hatch (and give me the opportunity to drop the bloody thing). If the egg is a dud, she'll notice soon enough... The added heat from her body will cause it to begin to smell soon and she will realize herself that this cycle was a bust. We're not talking about commercial farming here. Saro's not wasting time if the egg is not fertile, she's learning to be a mother and will be even better at it the next time around. (Just my opinion, I could be wrong.)

February 25, 2009 at 11:46 AM  
Anonymous The french mule man said...

Yes Diana that help to relieve the farmer's fiever but it also help to discard any eggs well before the bird find out (usually way too late and you lost most of them)

to candle them : toilet paper/paper towel tube and a bright flash light.

Have fun tonight

February 25, 2009 at 1:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Im curious to know when you "candle" an egg, what should you see?

February 25, 2009 at 3:28 PM  
Blogger Mama said...

I love when my girls are broody,most make it but some don't.My rates go up everytime.I learned to just leave them be and even if it's a dud it's good practice for next time.Plus if you touch it too much it will rub off the coating and she may just ditch it.She eats,you just don't see her..They wait till they feel safe , run out and run back right quick..I promise you.If it's a dud softly scoop it into a long handle small pot and easily walk it to someplace else and leave it on the ground.They explode(seriously) easily and I cannot tell you the ten ways from gross it is.I throw a stick at it,done.But my fingers are crossed for goslings and the pic is beautiful.

February 28, 2009 at 8:31 PM  

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