My white English Game hen hatched out a single tiny chick today after setting for almost 3 months. She finally had a fertile egg to hatch from the old rooster. This hen always broods up to three times a year starting in February. Her sets from the end of last year were not strong and the chicks did not hatch. Now she is back in the game providing my farm with new life. She will not leave the nest until all viable eggs hatch. Then her mothering skills turn on and she is the best mother hen I have.
I happened to find this huge black beetle pondering across my neighbors basement floor. She almost weighed as much as a full spool of quilting thread and was the size of the palm of my hand. She is a black rain beetle and is a rare find indeed. They take 13 years to mature and both sexes emerge just before rain and fall to mate then burrow underground again. The female does not fly only the male, so that was why she was walking in the basement. She was the neatest bug I have found yet. I set her outside to find a mate in the woods.