The ridiculous number of chickens in Snapdragon's garden this year has shown me beyond a doubt that all mother hens are not the same.
Peblo - our black maran - is THE best mother - selfless, caring, protective. If I give her some food she makes sure that each of her chicks has a piece before eating herself.
She is chief mother hen and shepherds her chicks around beautifully. Gives cats the evil eye - she is a force to be reckoned with.
The nameless chicken with the surprise chicks is also a great mum - she only has 2 and spends most of her day making sure that they don't get under the feet of the other hens - she pushes them under the run gate into the orchard and then flies over herself.
They spend their day pecking about the undergrowth, 2 tiny yellow fluff-balls, only returning home at dusk.
The light sussex with the large brood is totally different - she eats all her chicks' crumbs before I finish putting it down - she pecks at them, she won't let them into the house, she is not a contented Mum at all.
I don't have a photo as she is in a permanent bad mood and attacks my camera. Perhaps it is the stress of the large numbers.
However I do have a photo of the chap who caused the chaos
Cock o the walk.