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Helping Aunty Dorrie to keep her chicks safe – an epic failure

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  • Trying to get Aunty Dorrie to sleep and lay her eggs in the coop and not outside in the bushes? – Failed
  • Trying to find where Aunty Dorrie was sitting on a clutch of eggs in the bushes? – Failed
  • Trying to keep Aunty Dorries’s single chick alive in the wild? – Failed
  • Finally capturing Aunty Dorrie and getting her safely in a coop with some “almost ready to hatch” eggs for her to sit on? – Success
  • Trying to get Aunty Dorrie to stay sitting on those eggs? – 50% success, 50% failed
  • Trying to get Aunty Dorrie’s second clutch of eggs to hatch? – Failed (one egg hatched but the chick wasn’t strong enough and died shortly after. The other two eggs didn’t hatch. She must have been off them too long.)
  • Trying to get Aunty Dorrie to realise the coop she has spent the last two weeks in, is a safe place to sleep? – Failed
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19 thoughts on “Helping Aunty Dorrie to keep her chicks safe – an epic failure

  1. Poor Aunt Dorrie. And I was so looking forward to pictures of adorable chicks. Perhaps next time. Aunt Dorrie has been on her own for awhile..I guess she wants to retain her independence. Have the other hens welcomed her into the flock? Or at least King George. He abandoned her once already…it is the least he could do. Looking forward to hearing how it all goes.

    • Thank you. 🙂
      Yes, I was just thinking this morning that she doesn’t want to be owned. The others have accepted her but when Helen Hen is mean to her, she runs behind King George for safety. Aunty Dorrie is actually his favourite.

  2. Oh I’m so sorry. 😦 Poor little hen.

  3. Damn, damn, double damn.

    Is she over her broodyness at least? Out scratching and bathing with her extended family?

  4. Oh dear. That’s no good. 😦

  5. I’m sorry that Aunty Dorrie is a nonconformist. She sounds like a strong willed gal. She must be doing something right if she’s King George’s favorite. She’s just the wild child of the flock.

  6. Hang in there! I really hope that things get better for you…they almost always do if one doesn’t give up. And thanks for the follow. 🙂

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