The Chicken Diaries - Mom-to-be

Maree Clarkson

Ballito, South Africa

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The Chicken Diaries – Mom-to-be

The new Mommy… ‘Henny Penny’, Watercolour on Bockingford 300gsm 8″ × 12″
Dedicated to all Chook-lovers!
It’s not easy being a mother. If it were easy, fathers would do it!
- From the television show ‘The Golden Girls’
One of Solly’s hen’s (she’s four months old now and has made herself at home in my garden (Tarlton, Gauteng, South Africa) and started laying eggs – against a wall, totally in the open with no protection over-head. I can’t actually provide her with any protection, I’m so scared she’ll leave the nest if I fiddle around too much.

However, I am preparing a warm place for them to live once she hatches her new brood, and hopefully the Dad-to-Be will join them for good once they’re settled. Such exciting times! I just can’t wait to hold the little bundles once they’ve hatched!

So far there are four eggs and she’ll probably lay 9 or 10 before starting with the serious stuff of sitting on them. I’ll be doing an up-date when the babies hatch, if all should go well – life on a smallholding for chickens is a risky business!

19th December 2010 – FEATURED in “The Birds”
2nd June 2017 – FEATURED in “Love These Creatures”
12th June 2017 – FEATURED in “Women Painters”

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