It is a sure sign of spring when the chicks arrive - either hatched from our incubator or sent to us in the mail from a mail-order poultry catalog. This year though we were thrilled to have some of our chicks arrive the natural way. One of our hens sat on 10 eggs for 21 days and 7 of them hatched a few days ago. She has since been taking them for walks in the farm yard teaching them how to scratch and search for worms and bugs. Though they wander some, mother hen's protective wings are never far away.