Thursday, April 26, 2012
by Callie on Thursday, April 26, 2012
It was raining again last night and today
and even though I usually always keep the hens in their coop and pen
when the weather is bad
I decided to let them out this morning.
After yesterday's experience
I'm a bit paranoid about them picking on each other...
so I let them out.
I came back later with cabbage and carrot peelings
and found the coop and pen empty.
All of a sudden there were 6 chickens behind me,
then underfoot tripping me and then in front of me
eating cabbage and carrot peels.
They almost knocked me down!
I went back outside and I found their hiding spots...
under the car and under the house.
Nice dry places!
The 6 had spotted me walking to the coop
and surprised me.
The rest of the chickens are busy doing something.
They didn't come when I called.
I didn't crawl under the house to find out what they were up to.
They are on their own.
Somehow, I don't feel very charitable toward them today.
6 eggs today
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
by Callie on Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Don't read this post unless you want to learn about
a very distressing feature of chicken behavior.
I knew the chickens were bulling the Cochin
but I was shocked this morning to see
what had been done.
We have had chickens for over five years
and there have been instances of them pecking at each other,
but nothing like this.
In times past, they would arrive at a new pecking order and settled down.
But, from now on if a chicken is getting pecked on
the chicken will be removed
from the flock.
I debated about whether or not to write this post.
I finally decided to post about this incident because
you might want to know
it can be important to remove a picked on hen from the flock.
The question is when?
I thought that the pecking was normal behavior.
Something? pushed the hens into a new behavior for this flock.
I had to put down a chicken today.
The hens pecked out Curly's eyes.
She was fine yesterday.
So, was Curly sick...
did she pose a danger to the health of the flock?
She didn't act sick.
This is an aspect of raising chickens
that is very unpleasant.
Chickens can be scary!
6 eggs today.
Monday, April 23, 2012
by Callie on Monday, April 23, 2012
My leaf rake is broken.
I added the broken pieces to the rest of the fence decorations.
The metal rake with the round teeth is still useable
and adjustable even though the
plastic adjuster lever snapped in half.
I would like to get the largest and strongest leaf rake I can find.
I have tried the large plastic rakes and they break...
so do the metal ones.
3 acres of leaves are hard on a rake.
Kristine bought me some chicken socks a while back.
They are cute!
Thank you, Kristine!
5 eggs today.
Sunday, April 22, 2012
by Callie on Sunday, April 22, 2012
The small egg was a surprise this afternoon.
I thought little eggs were laid by young hens when they first started laying.
Maybe one of the hens that hasn't laid for awhile
is going to start laying eggs again?
Morgan found a rock that didn't grow much moss this year.
I wanted to take a photo of the flowering myrtle and Morgan.
I got a photo of myrtle, Morgan and a rock.
Here is a flower, but not not enough of Morgan.
This photo is better, but not enough flowers.
Had a migraine most of the day.
2 and a half eggs today
Saturday, April 21, 2012
by Callie on Saturday, April 21, 2012
The mossy rocks and trees are so beautiful.
I have never seen the chickens eat any of the moss.
The chickens like to sit on the rocks but they don't peck at them.
I let the chickens out early this morning
and Curly came out with the other hens and ate
cabbage on the porch.
Really hard for me to figure out chicken dynamics.
3 eggs today
Friday, April 20, 2012
by Callie on Friday, April 20, 2012
This Australorp may be small,
but she chases Morgan around in circles.
Evidently, size is not the only factor in what makes for a boss hen.
11 hens came out of the coop this morning
so I went looking for Curly
and found her still sitting on a roost.
She seems fine...
just still not being accepted by the whole flock.
I hope she is not sick... she doesn't act sick.
Some of the hens like to gather here in the morning sunshine and warm up
by the side of the green house.
Kristine brought home Chinese food for dinner!
5 eggs today.
I broke one.
Thursday, April 19, 2012
by Callie on Thursday, April 19, 2012
Here is Curly.
She has a small wound on her cheek that is healing.
We put an antibiotic ointment on her wound and on her comb.
I think her comb might have gotten a bit of frostbite.
She is a heavy chicken.
She must weigh over 8 pounds.
Curly is not missing any meals even if she is getting picked on.
Made some popcorn in the iron chicken fryer.
I have learned to put the lid on a bit skewed so steam can escape.
Makes for much crunchier popcorn.
2 eggs today.
I thought there were three...
but when I was washing the eggs I found out that
one of the eggs was a wooden one.
Jokes on me!
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
by Callie on Wednesday, April 18, 2012
I let the hens out and scattered some corn for them to scratch.
11 happy hens!
Then I went back to the coop and let Curly out of the carrier.
She was not so happy.
She went back in the coop to eat in private.
Then she left to join the flock...
where a nasty little Wyandotte jumped on her
and started pecking her neck.
I ran over and chased away the Wyandotte
and followed the chickens out to the woods.
Curly stayed near the Buff Brahmas and Pasty the White Brahma,
who don't bother her,
and on the edge of the flock.
All the chickens seemed much more interested in scratching
the leaf litter up
than in tormenting Curly.
Curly seemed more interested in watching the other hens
than in scratching.
I counted 9 chickens...
and went looking and found the two bossy Buff Orpingtons
and an Australorp off by themselves.
I watched Curly for quite awhile and the hens didn't bother her again.
Hope things go better for her today.
4 eggs today
Had them for dinner.
I made tostadas.
Should have taken photos, but ate them up too fast.
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
by Callie on Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Today I found a surprise package on the counter!
Tanya sent a white Japanese chicken to make its home in California.
Wow! Thank you, Tanya!
I appreciate your thoughtfulness very much.
is the wonderful blog she writes in Japan.
Even though I have tried to talk her into getting a hen or three,
she doesn't have any chickens.
But she quilts, has a dog,
many sweet cats, and is always very busy teaching,
working on many projects, homemaking,
and with church and community work.
I love reading her blog.
The lovely white chicken has pride of place among its new flock mates.
The white hen came with its own gold and black stand.
The addition of the white chicken is the crowning touch!
Thank you again, Tanya, very much!
There was also a beautiful card!
There were four eggs today.
When I was washing them, one egg had such a soft shell that it broke.
I think the chicken has a defective shell maker
because I give the hens lots of oyster shell that they are not even
supposed to need since they free range.
That is Curly the Cochin in the rabbit carrier this evening.
She is tucked away safe from the other chickens for the night
and morning until I let them all out for the day.
Kristine and I caught Curly crouched down close to the ground
with a bossy Buff Orpington
pecking Curly's head and neck.
More photos of Curly's head tomorrow
and conjecture about what brought on the bullying.
Monday, April 16, 2012
by Callie on Monday, April 16, 2012
It was a sunny day today, but it was not that warm.
The chickens didn't care if it was cold in the shade.
They were just happy to be out in the woods.
There have been two weeks of mostly cold, rain, hail, snow, more rain,
and just gloomy cold weather.
But I am very glad we got the much needed rain.
I took advantage of the dismal dreary weather to read,
watch movies and generally loaf around.
I find that my mood tends to adjust itself according to the amount of available sunlight.
The chickens are doing much better with more sun too...
they laid 5 eggs today!
Sunday, April 01, 2012
by Callie on Sunday, April 01, 2012
Well, it did snow yesterday but it rained last night and most of the snow is gone.
More snow and rain forecast this week.
|Buff Brahma, Light Brahma|
Today the chickens are out running under cars to get away
from rain showers but happy to be out of their pen.
Morgan is looking in the mirror so she can watch what
is happening in the windows reflections.
Smart dog... saves her having to keep turning her head to gaze
out of all the downstairs windows.
1 egg today
I'm going to have to start reading blogs and
I've enjoyed the blog vacation.