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The Hen is Hatching 
 
The hen house is really a stable but it suits my four hens and the cock. At least they donít complain much. When we let them out we have to be very watchful, as there are foxes living nearby in the woods. As I am in charge of them I feed them every day. 
 

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 We knew Ransome (thatís her name) was hatching because she was reluctant to leave the nest and every time we went to see her she was sitting on her eggs. She was also making a different clucking noise. She was now ďa clocking henĒ so we put ten eggs under her and put a board across the nest so that the other hens would not disturb her. We marked the ten hatching eggs so that we would know if another hen had laid an egg in her nest. She is a small hen and ten eggs are enough for her. It will be three to four weeks before the eggs hatch and I am looking forward to seeing her parade her chicks out into the yard one fine morning. If she does I will tell you about it! 
                                                   Marilyn  (Sixth Class) 
 
 
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 The chicks have arrived! 
Two lovely chickens were born last Monday moring. When I noticed the first crack in an egg I got very excited. I called my Father and Mother to jump out of bed quickly to come and see. My Mother said that "hens always manage on their own" but I stayed to watch. I thought we might have more than two but we were delighted to have any at all as it was not springtime when chicks are usually born. Ransome was very proud and protective as I found out when I went to take up a chick.They were to tiny so fragile, so cuddly and so warm. I got a peck from her. She was delighted when I named them Ruby and Rachel. (With R's like Ransome) More later! Marilyn.

  


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