Chickens and Giggles

My niece Clara, accompanied by my sis and b-in-law came to visit the homestead this weekend! Yaye!!  And squeezed in between bouts of severe weather, there was a window of hopeful sunshine.  We didn't wait to ask questions, but grabbed rakes and gloves and exploded outside for some therapeutic yard work.  Everyone participated including the chickens and of course Clara (after her nap).
As springtime crept to within almost arms reach, all who were present worked devotedly to make the most out of every drop of sunlight.  Chickens on their rake feet and us with our only slightly useful rusty metal rakes newly discovered from the shed in the back, merged to clear the front lawn of all moldy leaves and dead grass.

The severe weather soon returned, and we quickly returned indoors after scurrying about battening down all hatches.  But whether the day's goals were to eat bugs or to make our property look less embarrassingly neglected, chicken and human met on a common playing field and shared in victory.

Big Chicken Move

This weekend we moved...across the street.  The chickens definitely stepped up in luxury.  

Their day started out pretty normal:  sunbathing, de-worming the soil, wrecking havoc on the neighborhood like the chicken gang they are- 

 fluffy orpington butts
 hello from Flauta
 chicken trafficking 

 just in time to duck in for a brief hail.
Phew, so glad to have the girls in their own little mansion!

Spring is here!

Wow, so I have been a bad blogger! I have been so bust planting seeds, helping Dan build his own coop, and basing chicks it has been hard to find time to drop by. Fear not though, I come with video.
And our baby chicks are spending their first night outside. Ugh! I hope they all don't die. I know I'm being ridiculous. 


Yvette is hard at work.  The sooner she can take over the world with her army of chicks the better!

In a Fowl Mood

My grandpa loves my chickens!  Look at that sense of awe on his face.

 The girls are finally free ranging.  They couldn't be happier!  They even found worms!  Good job girls!
 I look really good in pictures.
 Neighboring deer acrobatics

Days like this make shivering for the last 3 months an insignificant splatter in time.  A good day can cover a multitude of wintery trials.  Daylight savings, spring break, worms, seeds, grass...chicken sigh.

Easter Egg Hunt

 Uh oh!  As my mom and I were moving items from our carport into the trailer we discovered Yvette's secret egg stash.  Yvette is my smart chicken who climbs the chicken wire like it's a ladder and finds any gap between staples in the netting that is covering the chicken run and escapes multiple times a day.  She also has a very conversational cackle. She is a forward thinking chicken and is almost always outside the coop so I just leave her out because I know she will just escape if I put her back.  It looks like her plans of world domination by hatching dozens of tiny replicas of herself are foiled for now.  But she may have other tricks up her sleeve.

In other news, Bluebell the silkie appears to still be a hen after being suspected of transforming into a rooster. The jury is presently still out.  She may be posing as a hen in order to avoid being sold on craigslist.  Stay tuned for updates regarding her gender.

A Natural Easter

No dye required! All you need is a darling ameraucana hen!

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