In 2012, Appy hatched four chicks and successfully raised one to adulthood. Appy's daughter, a beautiful white Ameracauna cross, is still part of our flock and a personal favorite with her patterned plumage and spunky ways. Like mother, like daughter.
Now at 4 years of age, Appy's egg production rate has dwindled quite a bit and she tends to get broody often so she is no longer as productive as she once was, but, she remains a vital part of our farm family and no one could imagine a trip to the barn without hearing her soulful clucking. There's just something special about Appy.
Farmer Johnny was feeding the laying hens yesterday evening when he heard Appy's familiar call and turned to see her dutifully leading her TEN newly hatched chicks to the feed pan! Surprise! They appear to be by our Ameracauna rooster. I think she must have something for those guys, lol. All ten appear healthy and strong but we don't recommend getting too close as Appy is quite the protective mama!
Our flock grew by 10 yesterday and we couldn't be happier. Seems no matter how many animals you have on the farm, there's just something special about newly hatched chicks...especially Appy's.