We got to a point in society where we look for instant gratification in everything…

In Nature, it is all about delayed gratification. Everything happens slowly and at its own pace… it is all about waiting for the right moment. The right time for changing seasons, the right time for mating seasons, the right time for growth, and the right time for a massive change…

During the warm weather months, the internal clock of birds tics to the broody o’clock and just like that, every year, we are blessed to have a few hens (chickens and ducks) wanting to hatch ‘the next generation’.

Sometimes, stubbornness makes some of them push themselves on someone else’s nest and claim it as their own too. And sometimes birds of different species sit happily together on eggs.

… 35 days later …

They also do a great job at co-mothering the young. Both chickens and ducks mother their young for 5 weeks. It takes those weeks to teach them where to look for bugs and other snacks, where to find shelter, what seems right and wrong. As they learn to be independent little chickens or ducks, the mothers slowly walk away from motherhood and go back to being independent adults.

To satisfy your curiosity, the little ducklings mostly follow the duck around, but the chicken is always close by, watching, looking for snacks and calling them to share her finds. Slowly they all learn what her calling means and rush to her to eat. At night, they all huddle under the duck but the chicken sleeps close by as well.

Always worth the wait! 

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