Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
In an attempt (so far successful) to seal off Sally's escape routes from the run, we've created an elaborate cats-cradle lattice over the taller structures in the run. Even after we clipped one of her wings, she was hopping up on to the coop and then hopping onto the fence in order to get out. The last thing we need is a chicken on the loose, but we also didn't want to permanently affix anything to house. This was our compromise, and for $3 in string, it seems to be working.
It strikes me that this might work well for bird-of-prey proofing a smaller run.
Notice Andrew's ingenious chicken ladder (a board with wine corks nailed in for traction). The ladder/board that came with the hutch seemed too steep for the ladies to give it a try. Truth-be-told, they could hop in without a ladder if they wanted. But they didn't want. And we're suckers.
There's a lot going on in the run these days. We've added a rabbit hutch as a second get-out-of-the-rain option (totally unnecessary, but we found it on Craigslist for not-too-expensive). We put out an old
chair and a roosting bar as vertical options. They like the chair quite a bit and largely ignore the roosting bar. We hung that one measly CD to mesmerize them with its reflections - they've started to notice it exists. They're getting more kitchen scraps, too, mostly to assuage our guilt. All and all it's so much better & I'm cleaning the floors in the house a lot less often.
Saturday, September 3, 2011
bed. It takes them about half an hour to undo whatever tidying up we
do in the back yard.
We're having some people over for a cookout tomorrow night & I'm
trying to decide of it's even worth cleaning things up today. Probably
we need to wait until 10 minutes before people come.
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Joan is a Wyandotte, too, but silver laced. So far P & J aren't too
happy about it, but Sally is safely behind wire in her own little
make-shift pen. We'll keep them apart but visible to each other for a
few days, or until Joan stops rushing the gate.
Sally comes to us from Karen's family in Bexley. They got 6 chicks
early in the summer & are ready now to pare that down by a few. We're
thankful to get a healthy pullet who was raised with a lot of
handling. I think she'll be a good chicken.
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Friday, April 15, 2011
Sunday, April 10, 2011
Betty has been struggling for a few days now. At first we thought she was egg-bound, but if that was the case she'd be nearly dead. We're giving her antibiotics in her water in the hope that it'll at the least make her comfortable, if not help her get better.
Keeping her quarantined has been tricky but we don't want to megadose all the girls just 'cause Betty is sick.
This is the not-fun part of chicken ownership.
I also need to call animal control to figure out the protocol for what to do with a dead hen - just in case. :(
Sunday, March 27, 2011
Saturday, March 19, 2011
Thursday, March 17, 2011
The ladies explored the back yard for the first time today. At first they were too scared to even cross the threshold from their run to the wide-open back yard, but Andrew carried Betty out to the middle of the yard and soon the other two followed. They seemed to enjoy themselves. Chickens don’t really have so many moves, so they were just doing their old scratch and scrape, but in a new locale. It was pretty cute, nonetheless. And the sun was shining and it was warm enough to be outside without a coat. After about 15 minutes they headed back to the compost heap. They had work to do.
Thursday, March 10, 2011
"A study has gained new insight into the minds of domestic hens, discovering, for the first time, that domestic hens show a clear physiological and behavioural response when their chicks are mildly distressed."
In other words, mother hens behave like Mother Hens.
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
Thursday, February 3, 2011
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
Monday, January 31, 2011
Thursday, January 27, 2011
Jessica blew out the eggs, so we have three eggshells for our scrapbook.
Jessica thinks I look like a PSA for eating a healthy breakfast. I think that she is enjoying her eggs a whole lot more than I am!
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Sunday, January 23, 2011
On Friday Amy Jennings, the Animal Control Officer of Bexley, stopped by to do the 'coop inspection' and sign the permit paper work.
The inspection took 1 minute. She's just checking to see that the coop exists, that the chickens are living in humane conditions & counting them, as far as I know. The permit is our name, address, phone number, number of chickens, and a signature. That's it. Very simple. Columbus could learn a thing or two.
Saturday, January 22, 2011
The freezing temperatures prompted us to hang a bulb in the coop over night. The ladies seem to like that, except then we blew out the extension cord. So now the electric water bowl is out of commission.
The snapshot is through the screen on the window 'cause it's too cold to go outside in pjs.