A few weeks ago I was having some car troubles and a neighbor of ours recommended a local mechanic who also happens to have a farm. He fixed my car and when I went to pick it up with the kids he gave us a tour of his farm. He had his own flock of free range chickens complete with a rooster. He grabbed an egg from a nest box and gave it to my son. We happened to be starting a batch of quail eggs in the incubator so my son asked if he could put the chicken egg in there too. I said sure maybe we'll get lucky. Sure enough about three weeks later I noticed a small crack at the top of the egg and the egg was rocking back and forth. We happened to have a broody hen at the same time so I put the egg under the hen in hopes that she will raise our lone hatchling. This morning when I checked on them she puffed up in her usual defensive broody posture. I picked her up and took a look underneath and there was our new chick. This will be the hens first attempt at raising a chick so it will be a great learning experience for all involved. If you look really closely you can see our adopted mother looking at her new chick in the picture to the left.
Please consider supporting small scale local agriculture in your area you will taste the difference.