Lily, one of our silky-old english game hens went broody and then, after lots of hard work, became the proud mother of 5 precious little chicks (of various parentage).
Lily is a fantastic mom. Another chicken, Jenny, who refuses to stay in the hen house has adopted Lily and babies and they all walk around the garden beds and forest undergrowth and compost heap together.
Lily taught the babies how to scratch for food and they do it with great energy and tenacity.
Yesterday we came across a different sort of chicken in the woods! This is an edible mushroom called Chicken of the Woods (Laetiporus sulphureus)
This shot helps to show how huge this mushroom is!, size of a basketball.
We have many of these chicken of the woods in our forest and its always net to come across them unexpectedly.