My silly Silkie chickens usually keep their white feathers pristinely clean, so I chuckled when I saw the mama hen all covered in wet and mud. To me it looks like her chick is saying, "Um, mama? There is something on your face." Mama hen looks tired to me.
Speaking of Mama hens, we have a bit of a mystery here. One of my Light Brahma's hatched 5 chicks out about 3 weeks ago. She has been a model mother, taking exquisite care of her brood. It delighted me to see her going about the yard, clucking to her brood, and the 5 wee ones staying right with her, a cohesive little family. Then yesterday the mama apparently decided she'd had enough of the whole experience and quit talking to her babies, or spending any time with them. They are left to their own devices to forage for food and explore the pasture. This is not good, because without a mother hen looking out for them, they are far more apt to become a snack for some predator. I can't even tell which hen is their mom, they all look nearly identical. So, I am hoping for the best and keeping my eye on the little dusters whenever I can. I have no idea why the hen has tired of her peeps, but she surely has left them high and dry. Too bad there is no local foster care program for chicks who have been abandoned by their parents!