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A Tough Transition

31 May

I got my new chicks on March 31st when they were just tiny babies.

the day they came home

They started in the soap room, but it was not too long before they moved into the garage.

getting big

Well, they are big girls now, and I really needed to get them moved to the barn with the rest of the birds.  I started by putting them in the pen overnight.

It was quite traumatic.  They spent days cowering and hiding and wondering what the heck I had done to them.

Luckily all my older chickens have been really good to them.

the rest of the chickens except the one who was in the nest box

Nugget and one of the hens taking a dust bath

They have to be a little careful of the geese because the geese are a little naughty to everyone.

(we’ve had rain every day this week, hence all the mud)

Finally, they are figuring it out.  I’ve never had such a traumatic move for chickens before.

Poor girls.

Birds

4 Apr

Free-range hen is back out enjoying her freedom.  I don’t know why she’s the only one that goes out.  I’m good with it as long as she stays out of the yard and goes back in before dark. The goose seem jealous though.

I try to keep the geese happy with a clean pool; although you can’t tell that here.

The girls are also laying eggs now, and I’m going to let them try to hatch a batch.  If they can raise a batch, I’ll probably let them back out to free range again (as long as the coyotes stay away).

goose nest

The peacocks are starting to dance and show off their tail feathers.

My chickens are entering their third year of laying eggs.

I figured they’d cut down on their numbers, but right now I’m averaging between four and seven eggs a day from seven hens.  Not bad.

Nugget leading the girls outside

I’m pretty sure though that they will not give me that many next year, so this happened.

When I went to town for more feed, I brought home five Cinnamon Queen hens.

I decided to get them now because I won’t get many eggs from these girls until fall, but they’ll be ready to give me lots of nice big brown eggs next spring.

There is nothing better than the sound of chicks talking.

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.