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Naked Chickens? It Just Might Be Fall

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I’ve been getting so many inquiries about the girls (hens) lately that I thought I better give you a chicken update.  :)  Here in Ohio we get a wonderful change of seasons, for Fall the leaves on the trees change color and fall to the ground, the fields turn golden and we have warm days and cool nights.   This is also the time for molting.  Molting you ask?  Yep Molting!  That’s when you see half naked chickens running around in the chicken yard.  They are ashamed of how they look so you will see them running out of the picture frame like in the above shot (top left), lol.

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This is poor JoJo, she is usually so beautiful but right now she is missing half of her feathers, including all of her tail feathers..  During molting a whole lot of their feathers fall out and beautiful new ones come in.  It looks painful and I try not to pick them up if I don’t have to.

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When their new feathers poke through the skin they have a little waxy cap on the end that they pick off and leave laying everywhere.  Now doesn’t that look painful!  Kinda makes me ashamed I complain about shaving my legs.

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The entire chicken yard is covered in feathers, it looks like a real massacre has happen here.  Just imagine trying to rake feathers into a pile to clean up with a slight breeze blowing, lol.

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Egg productions stops for the chickens that are molting since they are using all of their energy to make new feathers.  I hardly blame them for taking a break.

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Only half of the flock is on breaks so we are still getting the most delicious fresh eggs.  MMMM

While we are on the subject of eggs, did you know they come in all colors, sizes and shapes, lol.  Yep, they are not all uniform in size like in those cartons at the store.  Check out the brown oblong one in the photo above.  It is so long the lid on the egg carton will not shut over it..  It is probably a double yoker, bonus!

Well that is what is happening right outside my door.

Thanks for stopping by. . . . .

Huge Hugs,

 

 

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On another note. . . .

I got in the mood to create a chicken card today after hanging out for a bit this morning with my girls (hens) and buddy (rooster).  DSC_0007_edited-33

Even when you give the girls a great set up with nesting boxes you will still find eggs here and there.  Just look at those 3 cute eggs in the coop corner.  I guess that was a comfy spot on a chilly morning.  Never fails, one girl will lay in a weird spot and there soon will be more hens standing in line ready to lay in the same place.

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A couple of the girls did as they were taught and left me eggs in the nesting boxes.

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This old girl always comes in the coop to inspect what I am doing in there.  She will just hang out on the door edge until I’m finished gathering eggs.  Kind looks at me like I look at a repairman that is in my house, with a bit of a watchful eye.

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This is Jo Jo.  It’s hard to see but she has a crippled up right foot.  She was born with it that way.  She actually walks on the top of her right foot instead of on the bottom the way it is turned up.  When she hatched it was apparent her foot was not right.  I tried to straighten it out with a little homemade boot but to no avail.  Some may have just did away with her but, we let her enjoy her life as if she were normal and she has reward us by being one of our best layers.  Jo Jo is super sweet too.  I believe we made the right decision.

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We only have one Rooster, Stewie Jr.  He is a mixed breed.  The only one to hatch out of a clutch of seven eggs.  Here he is in all of his glory, surrounded by his girls, there are 14 of them.  He is one lucky rooster.  One thing you have to respect about a rooster, they will sacrifice themselves to a predator in order to protect their hens.  I’m hoping Stewie Jr. never has to do that.  He makes quite the commotion when there is a hawk in the area so the girls will take cover and then he stands out in the open a bit just daring the hawk to swoop down.  With that said it makes perfect sense that roosters out weight the hens by quite a bit.  Stewie stands about 6 inches taller than the girls.  He is a big boy.  I can’t see any hawk being able to lift him off the ground.

And that is what is happening in our neck of the woods. . . . . .

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May you have a creative day!

Huge Hugs,

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Chicken Chilly! :)

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Nope, this isn’t a Chicken Chili recipe post, lol.  It is a chicken chilly post because it is a chilly 12 degrees this morning in the chicken yard and I just gave the girls and boy some hot oatmeal to eat to warm their bellies.  Yes, I spoil our flock with warm oatmeal on cold mornings.

I have received many requests for an update on my girls (hens).  I haven’t done one for a really long long time, I’ll explain why.

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I couldn’t do a chicken post without talking about how our flock has changed considerably over the past 4 months.  My old hens are no longer, it was sad but once a chicken stops laying it is time for them to be processed.  After all, fresh eggs are why we raise chickens.  This was a very hard lesson for Russ and I to learn, being from the city and all, we did not grow up around live stock.  But to continue raising chickens we had to learn that lesson and we did all the processing ourselves.  School of hard knocks!

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We replaced the old girls with new chicks that have grown almost to full size now.  They will be laying in February.  I will be so happy to have fresh eggs again. We have had to buy eggs at the store for the past month and a half.  Doesn’t seem right but, we waited to long to process the old flock to make room for the new, another lesson learned.  After all of the hard lessons we learned this year I certainly appreciate every single bite of chicken and every single egg, whether it is from our own flock or from the store.  Society is so very far removed from where our food comes from, Russ and I now have it in perspective.

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I haven’t shown you this guy for a long time, he was a fluffy little chick just a few short months ago.  With the 14 hens we have just this one very large rooster, he is a busy guy and a bit camera shy so I had to click this picture of him on the run, lol.

Now that I have this post out of the way, my future chicken posts will be much more lighter in content.  Time for some stamping. .. . . . .

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I will be back in a bit with a new project for you so, stay tuned!

Huge Hugs,

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He Now Has a Name

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Hi there,

Last week I asked for some help naming our only rooster and you all helped with hundreds of name suggestions.  Well, he has a name and it is Stewie.  I’ve called him Stewie for a few days and he is now looking at me when I say it.   Not sure if it is a look of approval or not, lol.  But he is getting use to it.

Thanks everyone for you help!

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HAVE a great day!

Until my next post. . . . . . .  .

Huge Hugs!

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What! There is a Rooster in the Hen House!

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Hey there,

Check it out, the girls now have a Rooster in their coop.  They don’t realize it, because he is only a few months old.  He is not crowing yet but, there is no mistaking those tail feathers or his size.  He is larger than all of the hens already.  He is a Buff Orpington an quite handsome.

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This is a picture of him and Goldie, his hatching momma just a few months ago.  They grow so fast!

I’ve been calling him Buddy because I’ve yet to come up with a name for him.  So, I thought maybe you could help me out.  What do you say?  Can you suggest a name or two?  He will be our one and only rooster so I want it to be a very special name.

Until my next post. . . . . . .  .

Huge Hugs!

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New Deals and a Chicken Update

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On Another note. . . . .

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This is Lily all caged up.  She has gone broody and wants to sit on the nest and hatch eggs.  When a chicken gets like this there is no keeping her off of the nest and they quit laying eggs.  They also get a bit of a nasty temperament.  See how puffed up she is.  Some chickens will stay like this for months unless you break them, which I am attempting to do by caging her up away from the coop and the nesting boxes.

I don’t need anymore chickens this year so this is my solution to get her back to normal and laying eggs again.

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Of course, all the other girls have to check out her place, even a couple of the chicks on the right are wondering what the heck is going on.  Even though poor Lily is in confinement she has lots of company.  The flock is standing by her side in solidarity.

So that’s what’s happening at the coop.

Have a fabulous day!

Until my next post. . . . . . .  .

Huge Hugs!

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Cucumber Cool Down – Chicken Update

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It’s been so hot here lately, which is awful for us but we can escape to air conditioning or sit in front of a fan etc. to cool off.  What about the outside animals/birds.   Well my spoiled girls get ice cold excess veggies to help cool them off.

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We sure grow enough veggies to share with the girls.  Today we had excess cucumbers.  I get them good and cold by putting them in the freezer for just a bit.

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Then they get to eat those chilly cucumbers under the shade tree.  The chicks seem to enjoy them as well.

So that is what is happening here. . . .

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Have a terrific weekend!

Until my next post. . . . . . .  .

Huge Hugs!

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I hope you’ll give Paper Pumpkin a try and enjoy this fabulous get-started special at the same time. Just go to PaperPumpkin.com and enter HALFOFF as the promo code and choose me as your demonstrator!  Thank you!

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