This spring two chicken sisters, Wincey and Vicky, decided to go broody one after the other.
Having broody chickens can be a real pain. They take up the nesting box; stopping the rest from laying, and they don’t eat properly, or drink and dust bathe.
Wincey was first to become broody. At first I tried to turf her off the nesting box. But she was having none of it. I told her she was too young; she was one of the chicks we bought at four weeks old last year. But in the end I relented. And gave her six welsummer hatching eggs. This is her story of how she became a mum. Four welsummer chicks were successfully hatched and they’re now five weeks old.