Two hens
that had been brooding—
continuously—
on an increasingly large
nest of eggs,
have now hatched three chicks.
That makes eight chicks
hatched by hens
in the barn.
This is the first year
hens here
have done that.
Meanwhile,
the Guinea Fowl,
which did hatch keets in the barn
the last two years,
have not sat on a nest at all this year.
The two hens
who seem to prefer to brood
all the time,
will not get the chance now—
at least not for awhile,
and at least not on other hens’ eggs.
We will keep them separate
from the rest of the hens.
We don’t need more chickens
right now. And we do want the eggs,
which we couldn’t gather from under the hens
because we didn’t know which ones
had already begun to become
chicks.

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The babes—two brown
and one black—
are already pecking and scratching in the dirt.
Their five older half-brothers and sisters,
are young adults now,
with free range.

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So far, that we know of,
none of the new ones
are roosters. The two beautiful adult roosters
are still with us because
they are not aggressive,
most of the time.

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Rooster

At the moment,
life in the multi-generational,
multi-species,
multi-gender
fowl community
seems stable.