||Three years old|
||Speckled Sussex chicken|
||Cambria, California, USA|
Fanny loves to be a mother! Every spring she gets broody, sits on her
nest and won't get off. It means she is ready to hatch some eggs! We live in
town and can't have a rooster, so I get her some fertilized eggs and let her
enjoy herself every year. She is an excellent mother, a good protector and
teacher. This past year, she hatched two wild turkeys from eggs a neighbor
had found abandoned. They loved her, but soon grew larger than she is. They'd
still try to get under her wings at night, which was quite a sight! I had
originally hoped they would be good demonstration turkeys for children to
interact with, but Lady Fanny was so protective of them, and put up such a
fuss if anyone approached when they were little, that they grew up wary of
humans! They moved to an organic farm at the Pacific Graduate Institute in
Carpinteria, and have a happy life there.
These photos show her, with her white legs. White skin is usual in English
breed chickens. She hatched a Coronation Sussex egg two years ago, but he
grew up to be a rooster and had to be returned to the farm where his egg came
from. I included one of her with "her" two turkey babies when they were getting big.
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