Looks like out of eight eggs only four hatched. I guess that is where the old saying of “don’t count your chickens before there hatched” comes from.
When you have animals a lot of the old sayings really start to make sense.
“No use in crying over spilt milk” (today Ferdinand kicked over the bucket today and spilt most of the milk.)
Speaking of that “kick the bucket.” I read in the book Keeping a Family Cow that the author thought that saying was when a cow kicked the bucket one to many times and they went out and shot the cow. Like in, “He was a grumpy cow and kicked the bucket so we had to get rid of him.”
Chicken Legs, chicken liver, birds of a feather, mad as a wet hen, cock in a hen house, which came first the chicken or the egg, all make perfect sense now and when I hear them I have a very distinct image in my mind as to what each means.
What common sayings come to your mind in relation to your animals?
The newbie arrivals checking the place out.
The bigger one is the one we hatched 5 days back. The mother hen accepted him back luckily. We hear that doesn’t always happen so we kept a close eye on it for a few hours so she didn’t “peck him to death.”
Here she is “puffing out her chest” as I try to check things out.
We are trying to keep her happy because we all know “when momma ain’t happy, ain’t know one happy.”