Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Chickens Carved A Pumpkin?

Since Morgan had to go to the groomers today the chickens had to stay in their pen until she came home. I went out to the coop this morning hoping to find fresh eggs for Kristine's breakfast and I took along my camera (and some lettuce for the chickens) because I wanted to get a picture of the pumpkin. No photo, but I took the video below. And, lucky for Kristine, there was one egg in the top nest box.
When Morgan got home I let the hens out and gave them some cantaloupe.
Since it was such a nice day I decided to spend some time raking my paths and managed to get a quarter way around the three acres. I did get a photo of Morgan practically glowing in her clean bright white coat. Morgan divided her time between watching the chickens, checking on me or on Tom cutting wood, and herding squirrels from tree top to tree top. I wonder if she thinks she is getting them to move or if she is just following them? I call it squirrel herding.
I won't be raking any more leaves for awhile. When I was raking, I heard stuff falling out of the trees now and then, but didn't go investigate until I quit. These limbs fell where I was raking the other day when I raked the driveway. The limbs are over six feet and I sure don't want to get hit with anything like this.

I was telling Tom about these limbs falling here near the motor home and while we were talking another large limb fell out of another tree. Falling trees and limbs are one of the hazards of living in the forest. I'm staying away from the trees for a bit. I would like another big windy storm, please, to come through and knock down and out all the trees and limbs that are ready to fall. We have had some huge trees go down in past years. I'll see if I can find photos to post another day.

The hens pecked at the places where I punched small holes in the pumpkin yesterday and they "carved" this pumpkin with lots of big eyes. Kristine looked at this video and said that the chickens sure sounded mad. They do sound a bit ticked off with me for not letting them out.

[two eggs today]
Second egg found under a cranky broody Wyandotte.
She pecked the egg when I picked it up, brat.
Smiles
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8 comments:

Callie said...

WILBO43: Thanks for commenting. Wish you could keep some hens too.

A Stitch In Thyme: Glad you like the blog. I'm going very slow on my DIY stuff too. It gets done eventually.

Carol @ TheWritersPorch: We got Morgan when she was a puppy and she grew up knowing the chickens. She is a herding dog and naturally wants to herd.

Lisa: Hope you like the video.

Diane: Tease? Me? Na. I just wanted the hens to have something to do. If I made it too easy for them, they would get bored. Don't want bored cranky chickens.

Becky's Barnyard: Yep. The hens carved the pumpkin.

Mountain Woman of Red Pine Mountain: Thank you for commenting. Glad you like the mountain view.

DayPhoto: Thanks for the info. I didn't know that pumpkin was a wormer for chickens.

Gus, Louie and Callie: Bedding is important. No one who want clean eggs likes to have chickens with muddy feet.

lisa said...

callie,loved the video! Boy, those chickens sure know how to make their voices heard! :)

A Stitch In Thyme said...

What a wonderful way to start a day. Raking, chickens & a beloved dog to help out. The pup looks very clean indeed. We do our own dogs as three at the groomers would be sky high cost. We got a faucet adapter that we can hook our hose up to and they go in the tub for suds. Pretty babies. Have a great day. Tammy

DayPhoto said...

Once they get the pumpkin open they will love it.

Linda
http://coloradofarmlife.wordpress.com/

The Cottage Garden Farmer said...

I was interested to hear about your leaf litter Callie, I also have a bit of a mud problem in the winter, mostly caused by my indian runner ducks I must admit, but I use wood chippings, and leaves and I find it helps quite a lot.
Kathy

The Cottage Garden Farmer said...

I was interested to hear about your leaf litter Callie, I also have a bit of a mud problem in the winter, mostly caused by my indian runner ducks I must admit, but I use wood chippings, and leaves and I find it helps quite a lot.
Kathy

diane said...

The hen carvers are doing a good job on the pumpkin.

Becky's Barnyard said...

And Morgan looks might lovely in her clean pretty coat. I like the video also. I love the hear the hens chattering.