Tag Archives: chicken

Harley, Maggie, and Blaze

1 May

I moved Harley and Maggie from the Love Shack to the north paddock so they could have green grass and a little more room.

Maggie and free range hen

Of course, they have to share with the free range hen.  I can’t believe none of the others come out.

Anyhow, Maggie is still thin, but she eats like crazy and acts well.  She’s anemic, but she just got more copper.  I am not sure if it’s just old age and copper deficiency or CAE.  Harley, on the other hand, has a really good weight, but her mobility is getting worse.  She’s struggling to get up.  I’m going to have to call the vet to see if they can check her front foot and see if they can help her.

Harley

I’m pretty sure they are not going to make it through the summer.  Sorry, but that is the sad reality of farming and being a horrible livestock (letting them retire).  Blaze is also up here.  I had to do some touchup on her foot, and I’m hoping it feels better.  If not, I’ll have to call the vet and see if they can fix it.

Blaze

I also brought 2TC up with her mom.

2TC

At least she’s doing really well.

Fly Free Mama

15 Mar

I said good-bye to Mama Phoenix yesterday.  I believe she had a stroke about three weeks ago, and she’s been on the decline since then.  It’s hard to believe that she was just a couple months shy of six-years-old. Considering all she went through and the average lifespan of chickens is 3 – 7 years, I think she had a pretty good run.

Mama Phoenix  (5 May, 2014 – 14 Mar 2020)

I will miss her cheerful chattering in the kitchen, but I will always remember her as she was before her injuries.

Mama Phoenix and Nugget

phoenix hen

Nugget and Mama Phoenix

Fly free Mama.

This and That

7 Mar

The hens have started laying eggs again. 

SOOC (straight out of chicken)

It seems to be the start of cat fighting season.  I am not a fan of this season.

Bob Cat

Rocky cracks me up.  He always lies like this.

Rocky

I’m still knitting.  I’m up to five completed hooded scarves and started a sixth.  This pattern is so easy  that I can still knit it when I’m sleep deprived from checking goats in the middle of the night. I think I need to sell some so I have money to buy more yarn.

I am bringing all of my products home from the store in Des Moines.  It just wasn’t working for me.  I’m thinking about Etsy or something else.  I do have my on-line store, but there’s something to be said for the platform recognition with Etsy.

goats milk soap

dish cloths

I’m also trying to add fine art prints to the items I have for sale.  I love the paper they are printed on.  It’s a really heavy art paper.


Wish me luck finding a venue that works better.

And Sky.

Sky

Why is it every time he’s lying there looking handsome and I got to take his picture, he jumps up to come see me?