Monday, November 12, 2012
We think they should just move to Bexley, but, I guess, that's not really in the cards!
Saturday, October 27, 2012
No, I mean really, Sally is *molting*. At least I hope that's all that this is. We can see her skin both on her back and at her backside. It's line the skin of a chicken you'd see at the supermarket: all goose bumpy and pink. Joan molted last year, but it wasn't anything like this. I hope she gets her new feathers in before it gets too cold or else we're going to have to knit her a sweater.
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Thursday, August 9, 2012
So there's that. But there's also the fact that caring for outdoor animals brings us more in touch with the seasons, more in touch with what we choose to put on or leave off our lawn (chemicals, etc), more in touch with how the chicken's diet changes the way their eggs look and taste. Having chickens has also brought us closer to how people used to do things. My grandpa grew up on Beck street in the 1910s and 1920s. Back then everybody had chickens. It was an obvious way to supplement meager immigrant diets. Everybody knew that keeping a few hens was no big deal. Now-a-days, people think it must involve some insurmountable challenge because they no longer have models of neighbors who are making it work. Having chickens has shown us that we can have chickens.
Has anybody else done something food-related that changed the way you see yourself in your world? For example, I was inspired by a friend's thriving volunteer tomato patch last week. They didn't even plant them - the tomatoes just reseeded from last year! That is, after all, how plants work, but I'd kind of forgotten that.
Anyway, Mia's project sounds cool. We'll post more when we know more!
She took one of the few (the only?) pictures we have of both Andrew & I together with the chickens. Here we are with Peggy. She's the only one brave enough to sit still for a photo.
Last night Tammy, Ken & Eva visited. Eva's an awesome 10 year old thinking about getting some chickens of her own. She was inspired, as were we, by the amazing diversity of chickens at the fair. The bantams were my favorite. Eva liked the Polish hen show-girls. Too bad we don't have an active 4-H program in Columbus - though Eva may end up finding whichever chapter is closest. I didn't know until a few days ago that 4-H is run through the OSU Extension offices. So much cool stuff comes out of the Extension offices. It's a shame that their budgets are shrinking away so quickly! I can't wait to have some kids that I can lure into 4-H. In fact, I not only want 4-H in Columbus, I want it for adults. Then I can finally learn how to care for those goats I've been wanting (just kidding (mostly)).
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
I, on the other hand, am now a little p.o.'d about all the paint chips in the chicken run. I don't know for sure if there's lead in our paint, but seems safe to assume there is. I asked the power-washer to tarp the chicken run and he did, but not that well. It's pretty well covered in 3-molecule pieces of paint.
So now what? I haven't moved the hens back to the run yet. Andrew's on his way home from work. Maybe we'll just swap out all the mulch from the run and start from scratch (no pun intended). Ugh. What a pain in the butt. But I've just spent 20 minutes scaring myself by googling "chickens + eggs + lead paint." It's probably worth it if we don't want our future offspring to have lead poisoning, to say nothing of the poor chickens.
I also read here about getting eggs tested for lead levels. That could be an interesting science experiment. I may start bothering the extension office for information on getting eggs tested in Columbus. If I find anything, I'll post. If anyone else knows, please share.
Sunday, July 8, 2012
This morning, because it's not so stinkin' hot today, we decided not to let them out in the side yard (they poop on the breezeway and it makes letting out Moses (the dog) logistically difficult, so the side-yard is not normally chicken-territory). They protested loudly for a few hours, but they seem to have forgotten by now.
We picked our chickens because they're pretty cold hardy breeds & I'm not sure what that means about their heat tolerance, but I'm glad to see them relaxed, not-panting, and seemingly happy.
Thursday, July 5, 2012
Poor neighbor chickens. They really do hate the heat. :(
For now our three girls seem to be staying cool enough by hiding under the hydrangeas - fingers crossed that the heat breaks soon because the next step is boxing them up for an afternoon in the basement (inside a box) and that doesn't sound pleasant for anyone.
Our ladies have been suffering through the recent heatwave (multiple days in the 90s) and we thought that giving them some more room to roam, and an opportunity to find some shade might help them cool down a bit. So this morning, in a bit of patriotic fervor, Andrew freed the hens to forage in the grassy strip just outside their run. The ladies didn't waste a minute and were happy to have some grass to eat and some more land to explore. The new territory promises the opportunity to enjoy a slight breeze and get out of the sun. It means a little more hassle to keep the dog away from them, and some chicken poop to hose down, but if it helps Peggy, Joan, and Sally stay cool, it's well worth it.
Friday, June 29, 2012
Thursday, June 28, 2012
It's hot out today. 100 degrees according to the tv, 110 according to the thermometer in the chicken run. The ladies are digging holes to keep themselves cool & panting. This video shows Joanie demonstrating the chicken pant - notice the open beak and heaving bosom? We've given them a birdbath, picnic table umbrella, frozen water bottles, & an occasional hose misting. I hope they'll be just fine.
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
If you think you can give Henry a good home, leave a comment with you contact info - I'll pass along Lynn's phone number.
The picture above is a cuckoo maran that looks like Henry.
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
I'll try to think of something splashy to share soon.
Monday, May 14, 2012
Sunday, May 6, 2012
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Monday, April 2, 2012
Sunday, March 18, 2012
Oh, and the house isn't too shabby either: https://sites.google.com/site/havenwoodhouse/
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Monday, January 30, 2012
Feb 7th is moving day for the humans. We'll see about those chickens. They might have to wait for the weekend.
(I bagged the chicken poop in the Layena bags -- which makes it seem like a simple factory line: Layena = eggs + poop (dorky stats joke: would the hens be a mediator or a moderator?)
Saturday, January 21, 2012
Clearly we're not in this for the savings!!
When others come to our website, I always feel compelled to (1) invite them over to check out the chix in person, and (2) explain/apologize for how our back yard must look in photos. Please understand that the pictures of the chicken run are shots of a small area on the side of our house. The area is probably 5x24 ft (I'm terrible at estimating). We've packed too much into that area, but it's all behind privacy fencing. If we had this run out in our yard, in view of the patio, we wouldn't have loaded in nearly so much. For example, we would've thought twice about that second (unnecessary) chicken coop. In fact, we're moving in 2 weeks to another house in Bexley, and I'm already thinking twice about that second chicken coop. How on Earth are we going to move all this chicken stuff? I suggested making a Conestoga wagon out of a kids' red wagon and dragging them to the new house, but I've been vetoed :)