Lilacs Scent the Late Spring Air

The lilacs are in full bloom. On sunny days, if you hang out your laundry to dry next to blooming lilacs, when you gather in the sun-warmed laundry, take in indoors and fold it, the fragrance of lilacs makes you smile.

From uncurling ferns to tulips, the late spring is full of color and wonder.

Rose’s clutch is the second clutch of chicks to hatch this year. A third hen has gone broody, but I’m tricking her, and have replaced her eggs with wooden ones. I have a shipment of chicks coming the week of the 21st, New Hampshire Reds and Whiting True Green chicks which I’ll slip under her to raise.

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2 Responses to Lilacs Scent the Late Spring Air

  1. Cindy says:

    I’m curious… if the shipment were delayed, how long would the hen continue to brood wooden eggs? Also I have a duck question: do your ducks fly? Was wondering if they would be tempted to join wild ducks. Love your posts and photos!

    • With chickens, even though chicks take 3 weeks to hatch, they will brood for much longer if the eggs they are sitting on don’t hatch within 3 weeks. Which is why you can use chickens to hatch duck eggs which take 4 weeks to hatch. Some hens will stay broody for 6 weeks before they give up.
      The ducks do not fly. At most, they can get a foot or two off the ground, but I rarely see them even do that. They love to swim. I’m glad you enjoy the posts and photos.

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