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Naughty Nugget

10 Sep

I was really happy to get the ten new hens for the farm.

Unfortunately, Nugget seemed to have  a problem with a couple of them.  I had to return two white chickens.

Nugget

Then he went after the buff one.  It was shut in the pen for its own safety until I could get it back to my nephew.

I don’t know why Nugget hated these three.  He loves the rest of them.

My only thought is that they might have been roosters.  It would be odd that I managed to get the roosters when they caught them, but while the buff one was shut in, I got eggs from all the girls.

Well, except my two old ladies.  They just don’t bother laying eggs anymore.

And there was not an egg with the buff one shut in the pen.  I guess time will tell if Nugget knew something we didn’t, or if he was just being a jerk to those girls.  Luckily, he seems to like everyone else.

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New Ladies

27 Aug

Last year saw the loss of a lot of my chickens due to predators and age.  When my nephew and his wife decided to order chickens, I asked if they’d order an extra ten for me.  They agreed.  Then the day before the little chicks were scheduled to arrive, the door fell off my brooder pen.  Seriously.

from a previous batch of chicks

Then I went out to the outdoor pen and saw what bad shape it was in and didn’t know how I’d ever keep them safe and inside the pen.  My little peacock was quite big before I could keep him confined.

peacock baby from a couple years ago

I was also already struggling with trying to get weight on Aurora and it was in the middle of the copper crisis with all the goats, and I was overwhelmed, so I asked if I could leave them with him.  Again, he was awesome.  As the summer has gone on though, I’ve missed chickens and having eggs here.

This weekend they sent ten hens home with me.  They are pretty girls.

Even though chickens have to establish a pecking order and can be quite mean, I wasn’t too worried about them getting along since there’s a lot more of the new ones than my old ones.

2 new barred rocks, nugget and my old red hen

But my phoenix hen is being naughty.  She’s the smallest bird out there.  They could step on her and smash her.

phoenix hen

Nugget just has more girls to take care of.

Nugget

The biggest problem is the peacocks.  They are not very smart birds, and they just want to peck at the new ones.  The new girls havnen’t figured out not to let the peacocks walk up to them and peck their face.  Hopefully, everyone gets adjusted soon.  I’ll keep a close eye on them to make sure nobody is seriously injured.

new hen and a peacock

It was just the next day when someone gave me my first egg.

It’s a cute little pullet egg!

Beets!

2 Aug

One reason it was pretty easy for me to simply not care about my garden is the fact that I have a generous sister with a huge garden.  She brought me a bucket of beets.

I’ve perfected the roasted beets, and I did a couple of batches.

Then I froze them for easy fixing this winter.

I also prepared some by boiling them.

I thought about keeping the water to use as dye, but then I decided I’d never get that far, so I just drained it down the sink and peeled them.

They will get smashed for later use.

I also peeled and grated some.

It kind of looked like I killed something in the kitchen.

I’ll use those two batches of beets to play with some new recipes.  If they turn out, I’ll share with you.  If not, you’ll never know what crazy things I attempted to concoct.   When I finished preparing the beets, I took the tops, roots, and peels out to the birds.

The chickens appreciated them.