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Chicken News

The chickens have been enjoying the warmer temps and the new growing grass as much as we have.  I am trying to keep them out of the garden because they like to dig and give themselves dust baths.  The novelty of chickens has not worn away at all for Finn and Josette.  They love to take the chicken scraps out and feed them to the chickens.  Finn would spend hours picking choice grass and plants and bugs for the chickens and feeding them if he could.  Josette asks to get the eggs every day and carry the basket.  She collects them all on her own from the nesting boxes and carefully places them in the basket.  We have surprisingly little breakage.  Lily has accepted the chickens.  She ran out of the house the other day and we had a moment of panic knowing the chickens were out (she does have a record, you know).  We rushed out only to find her gobbling the kitchen scraps up in the midst of the chickens (oh, labradors and their stomachs).  We have found a happy solution to our increasingly aggressive rooster problem.  Remi was a wonderful rooster to have crowing away and he took his role as hen protector very seriously, but after he attacked me repeatedly one day, I just wasn’t into it.  Luckily, our good neighbor wanted another rooster for breeding, so Remi has left the coop to sow his wild oats down the road.  Best of luck to him!

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Coop Fever

Well, it seems the chickens are feeling a bit cooped up, if you will.  They are bored with their coop, but still not wanting to hang out in much snow.  So, every night when Sean comes home and opens the door to the coop to collect the eggs, they all make a run (or flight) for it, only to peck around the coop where we have shoveled.  Interestingly, if they fly too far and land in the deep snow, they just sit there until you pluck them up and put them on more solid ground.  Silly chickens.  As you can imagine, the kids love to see the chickens out and about and we all enjoy a good chicken pet or hug, here and there.

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Chilly Chickens

So, how did the chickens cope with sub-zero temps last week?  Just fine!  What amazing birds, these chickens just huddle together in the coop and had no issues what-so-ever.  They kept up with the eggs, too.  We try to give them lots of food scraps to keep them busy and entertained while coop-bound because, while they are super cold-hardy, they are snow weary indeed.  They really don’t seem to want to venture into the white stuff, even when we tried to coax them out with food treats.  A couple of the hens ventured out, but remained on the ramp or in the area by the coop that was snow-free, then Remi the rooster reluctantly came out to fullfil his role as hen-protector, but you could tell he wasn’t pleased.

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Chicken News

It has been awhile since I blogged about the chickens.  They are doing just great.  We are really in the eggs now, bringing in 6 to 11 everyday.  We are enjoying plenty of quiche and other egg dishes and we have been sharing them with friends.  We already got some folks hooked and have some buyers lined up too.  We still love to go out and check on the chickens, bring them food scraps and see how many and what color eggs are waiting for us.  Most of the hens are laying green/blue eggs, but we have about 3 that are yielding pink eggs.  And, as you can see, Finn still loves a good chicken hug.

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