Earlier in the week I clipped back the grape vines on the deck to get a bit more of a view of the chicken pen and chickens while they are free ranging.
The other day I had fun in the yard after a pretty hard frost dgd & I picked the last of the squash and pumpkins.
Yesterday I let the chickens out around noonish it had started to rain and I knew I was not going to be able to mow. The above mentioned vines needed to be pulled up. It was interesting to watch what the chickens did in the rain; they were normal until it really started to come down. After I retreated to the house I watched from the window and saw them running across the yard to get under the grape vines & deck & eves of the house where they pretty much stayed until it let up.
They came to the chicken run a few at a time when we put scraps out for them. Dgson was here after school and said "the chickens are out grandma
" he had not seen them free ranging. I was on the phone w/ dson p/c was finished!
Sil enjoyed watching them! H. likes to feed them old movie pop corn after work. It's very relaxing to see. Rain for the next week in the forecast not sure when I'm going to get to the mowing. Harriet
That's so interesting about the hen getting that snake! Hang in there about getting more hens some folks get tired of having them after getting Easter chicks and will be selling 'em in the paper was what I was told sure enough I saw an add for free hens Amaracauna type; that lay green / blue eggs in the paper here. I was SO
tempted to get some more but would have to put some in the freezer to make room. H. is not ready to do the deed but h. would have been willing to drive and get them they were in a town not far from here.
A-a-ck lost some of this post while editing!
In the "Chickens" magazine I got at Wal-mart they had an add from the Meyer hatchery on the back saying they had chicks all year so I called and ordered a catalogue from them. They are in Ohio #888-568-9755 folks have ordered 'em here so I know they will make it. But I think you have to order 25 chicks this time of year and we are not set up for chicks yet. In the spring you can get on a list at the feed store here and combine an order. Some folks put an add up in B.Y.C. website to combine the order. But we are not in a big enough area.
My chicken wish
list is around here some where. These are to replace older ones; two ea. Buckeye a brown one, Americanas, white leghorn, Rhode isle red, barred rock maybe not sure on these, a banty that's ten still thinking on the others.
The one hen that was in molt is getting feathers back and looking better now she's perked up a lot now that she gets to free range!
Dgson wanted to name the chickens so I said they had to be named after food b/c we might eat them some day I suggested chicken noodle; or some thing like that so he's named the white one marshmallow and the brown one brownie.