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Photo of the Week: A Hen and Her Friend

7/11/2011 4:24:41 PM

Tags: hen, rooster, CU photo sharing site

Photo of the Week: A Hen and Her Friend 

Love is in the air as the summer season unfolds. Though the rooster seems a little resistant (males usually are, in general), his little hen probably melts his heart every time. Or she could have caught him off guard for a quick kiss.

Hens are funny creatures. Some hens lay eggs, but never sit on them to hatch. People try to use foster broody hens to raise chicks. Our readers have come up with some solutions to encourage hens to sit on their eggs in order to hatch them, also called “broody behavior.” Some people recommended leaving the hen with a nest of eggs in a small, dark space. Others suggested using artificial lighting to increase the hours of daylight.

This hen doesn’t seem so neglectful; she reminds us to spend a little more time with our loved ones.

Thanks to CU photographer JKenney for the hen and rooster photo! Check out the gallery Ladies and Gents of Springbrook for more clucky fun.

And don’t forget to submit your photos to the CU photo-sharing site for a chance to be the Photo of the Week. The Photo of the Week is taken from that week’s submissions only. You could also be featured in the magazine sometime!

Remember to fill out the captions and give your gallery a name all its own. The more we know about an image, the more we can take from it.

Emylisa Warrick is an Online Editorial Assistant at Ogden Publications, the parent company of MOTHER EARTH NEWS. Find her on .

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