While Joel was out mowing the lawn a couple of weeks ago, our kind neighbor Ken invited us all over to see some freshly hatched baby chicks. Of course, we jumped at the chance and scurried over. What a delightful surprise to see a beautiful mother hen, protectively and proudly showing off her day-old chicks. Ken knew she had been sitting on eggs since she would be gone one day and back the next, but he could never find her nest. Clever girl, she was determined to be a proper mama and now she gets to care for all seven of these chicks. Ken tells us he’ll keep all the hens and sell the cockerels (he already has two of those). The Sprout was able to hold two of the chicks and then we stayed and watched them all until the mama hen put them to bed, as you will see. I love living in the country!!!