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Follow our adventures as we raise a tiny flock of chickens in suburban Bexley, Ohio.
Our chicken bloggers include Tami Taylor, a Welsummer, and Tyra, a Jersey Giant.
RIP, Betty, Joan, Sally & Peggy.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Spring Chickens

The ladies are excited about spring!  At least I think that's what Peggy was saying when she wouldn't stop squawking this afternoon.  She was even making Moses (the dog) nervous!  He was doing that concerned-dog-head-tilt.
I'm going to have to make something seriously eggy this weekend because springtime means EGGS!  So much for nearly-3-year-old-hens slowing down in production.  You wouldn't know it around here.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Old Christmas trees make great run material

Andrew & I were constantly on the lookout for small Xmas trees that were put on the curb after Christmas. We'd pull up slow, I'd jump out and grab while Andrew popped the trunk and in a flash we were off with our free bedding.
Keeping the chicken's run dry (or something short of sodden) in the spring is always a challenge. This spring hasn't been too wet yet, but the rain will come. But this year we have our Christmas tree scraps and they seem to be making a difference. They've taken forever to go from green to brown. A few weeks ago Andrew cut off all their branches and scattered them around and that's sped up the browning process - but even before the branches are completely dry themselves, they provide a surprisingly effective barrier between the muck and our shoes and we don't seem to have the same cess-pool effect that we did last spring.
So far Operation Stolen Christmas Tree is a success!