Friday, March 05, 2010

Coop Ladder

The chickens are being very sneaky because I have yet to see any of them on the ladder roosts. Maybe they hop off when they hear me come outside?

I think the weather is finally getting to me because I couldn't get warm this morning (even when I stood in front of the wood stove) until I went back to bed. Yep! I gave up trying to deal with the cold damp dreary morning and crawled back in bed to read and warm my bones. 

Kristine says it's so cold because the cloud cover is gone. I guess so and also because of all the rain and then the snow. I don't know if it is the temperature as much as the dampness.

Hopefully, the sun will be out tomorrow. I've got stuff I want to do.

But look at those poor chickens standing out in the cold pen waiting for me to let them out to search the snow for snowy thing to eat. Yeah,  they make me feel like a wimp. But now I'm a warm wimp.

Kristine found this little critter in the hallway upsidedown and helpless. She looked him up in the Lone Pine bug book and it is from the Darkling Beetle family. A Stink Beetle! Yikes! I hadn't noticed one in the house before, but Kristine says she sees them outside.  I wonder if the chickens eat stink beetles?

The book says the bug stands on its head and puffs out stinky stuff, but that some of them just stand on their heads and fake the puff. I saw a lot of photos of stink bugs on Google Images that don't look like this guy. I hope the rest of his friends stay outside!

(March 5, 2009)
I'm very glad the migraines are staying away.

[4 eggs today]
The hens and Morgan were out today.



diane said...

Eeew eating stink bugs. We have stink bugs but they are green and look like a leaf. When you squash them...pooh! Callie, how do you change the word "comments" to "comments in the egg basket? If you don't mind sharing your know how.
He he he my verification word is alick so that must be for Morgan the snow dog.

Lynda said...

Sending you a little African sunshine ..... hope your weekend is nice & cozy !

Bill said...

I liked that recipe but would alter it ever so slightly. Do everything it says but substitute the stinky bugs for more chicken. Oh, and also leave out the liver. Now we're talking.

~Kim~ said...

Hmmm...Stink bug or stink beetle. The bug in the link look like mine. But I wonder which is worse to have? Since the stink bugs covered the side of my house and front porch, I'm going to have to say "bug." But there's no way I'm going to eat them, or add them to a taco! It figures someone would make a recipe out of them, they did it with the cicadas too! :-)
By the way, my word verfication is "sushe" kind of appropriate! I like your chicken ladder how could chickens not want to sit on it?

geoff in wales said...

Never seen a stink beetle before

Melodie said...

I can't even get my kid to eat veggies....I don't think the stink bug tacos will work here!

JoyceAnn said...

I bet those girls are enjoying the ladder , but maybe they think they'll get in trouble if you catch them on it (LOL).

Nope , the stink bugs don't sound to appetizing to me either.

Cute egg coop , but to pink for me.

~ Feather Blessings ~

Knatolee said...

I love your chicken ladder! My girls tend to jump off their perches when I show up, so maybe that's what yours are doing too.

And I occasionally get beetles like that in my basement, urg!

Toni aka irishlas said...

We get stink bugs everywhere, inside and out. I think I'll pass on the recipes... ewww.
Passing on some sunshine and warmth your way. We have sun and temps around 50. Finally!
Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Nancy K. said...

I'll pass on the Stink Bug recipie, thank you!

My WF is "hastenen" which is what I better DO!


Happy Weekend!

Dog Hair in my Coffee said...

oh my goodness, EAT a stink bug? To put it simply - YUCK. No thanks! I LOVE the ladder. I am going to try to recreate that out of an old ladder we have. Sometimes the damp makes it feel so much colder - I would rather have COLD cold than damp cold. But going back to bed to read and get warm sounds just delightful.

Missy AKA Little Messy Missy said...

My ladies eat every kind of bug they can find, they even fight over them... nice roosting ladder!

Gus, Louie and Callie said...

Mom said she would have crawled back in bed too..
Those chickens are pretty sneaky. They probably have a look out just in case you show up...
Morgan keep your eye on them...
I think we could do without the stink bug stew or what ever they make out of them..

Big Sloppy Kisses
Gus, Louie and Callie

Lee said...

Oh, your chicken ladder is beautiful! Much nicer than mine. Our six hens use it every day in a somewhat small run where every square foot counts. They've had it since they were young, though. Yours just don't know what they are missing!

Sending you warm wishes and sunny days!

lisa said...

The ladder was a good idea, stink beetles, I think I will pass on that one.

flowerweaver said...

Eeek, I don't think I'd eat a stink bug, food must look, smell, and taste good to get past my lips! To each his own!

Chicken ladder is an interesting idea, I hope they start using it.

Kateri said...

What a great idea for the ladder roost. My chickens would go for it immediately. One if my brothers who is into wilderness survival ate bugs on a regular basis for while. Note sure if he knew stink bugs where edible though...