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!
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It’s not easy being a mother. If it were easy, fathers would do it!
- From the television show ‘The Golden Girls’
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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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