Friday, January 15, 2010

Cabbage In The Chicken Pen

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  Here we have a Light Brahma, two Australorps, a Wyandotte and a Buff Orpington. I just read yesterday that Orpingtons and Australorps are pretty much the same chicken breed except the Australorps were Orpingtons that were imported to Australia, bred there for awhile, but weren't recognized as Orpingtons when they were exported. Breed clubs can be so silly.

   The chickens must have really liked the cabbage I hung in their pen last night because when I went out to take a photo there wasn't much of it left. All the chickens ran out of the pen when I opened the door except for one poor dark Brahma. I think she was so upset the rest of the chickens left that she forgot where the exit was.

   The chicken pen is wet but not full of soggy mud, which is a nice change. It is not any muddier in the pen than outside. I have been thinking about getting some horse bedding because I have run out of wood chips. I just saw that rain is forecast and then snow. Wow! I thought we were done with the snow for the year. Maybe I will just put down a layer of pine until we are finished with the rain and snow.

   Kristine had a day off today and wasn't feeing too well so we stayed home. No movie. That's OK. I'm re-reading one of the David Eddings series, The Elenium. I'm on book two, The Ruby Knight. I think the first series, The Belgariad, was the most fun, but I like Sparhawk and the other characters in the Elenium. When it comes to me liking a book, it really needs to have characters I'd like to hang out with. I always wanted to be a knight in shinning armor. There must have been a lady knight or two that snuck in amongst the boys somewhere during the age of chivalry.

[1 egg today]
I went out in the dark
and brought the chicken feed inside the coop.



Diana said...

Wow! I guess your girls sure did enjoy the cabbage you put out for them. They look so happy (and very pretty!) scratching around.

Toni aka irishlas said...

I have to try the hanging cabbage. I think I had first read about hanging a cabbage to keep your chikens occupied in Backyard Chickens.
Our run gets very muddy, even with the layer of straw we put down. There is only so much you can do when it's constantly wet outside. That's why my girls are always dirty!

Gus, Louie and Callie said...

Those chickens know what is good for them... We like cabbage too, especially when mom is chopping it and drops some on the floor for us..
Mom doesn't know about that series of books.. Of course Grandma probably would she is quite the reader. She is a retired school librarian..

Big Sloppy Kisses
Gus, Louie and Callie

Gus, Louie and Callie said...

Morgan tell your mom yes you need sheep. They are lots of fun the herd or even a few goats then she wouldn't have to rack those leaves!!!

Big Sloppy Kisses
Gus, Louie and Callie

Bloody Frida said...

I took a cue from you, and starting hanging a quarter of a cabbage for my girls - they LOVE it!! Thanks for the tip!