Monday, February 23, 2015

Evil Chicken: Part 1

   I am very sorry about last week! Anyway, this is what was going on.
   One day last week, I went out to see the chickens and Raven was bleeding. She hadn't been attacked by a predator, but by Speckles. Speckles has been kind of mean lately. She pecked at everyone's feathers so they all look really rough. This was, however, a new low.

   We cleaned Raven up as much as we could and put her back in the coop, but Speckles could not stay. I read online that you should separate the bully to try and correct the behavior.

   We used an old puppy cage  and set it up in our mudroom.

    Speckles was NOT happy about it, but she had everything she needed and she was away from the other chickens.

   Finally, after a full week of isolation, we put her back in. Lets just say, things did not go to plan...

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

The Best Day

   So, there has been a lot going on with the chickens, but unfortunately I didn't have time to write it up this week. Maybe next week!

   Anyway, I wanted to tell you guys about what is, (in my opinion) one of the best days with chickens.

   This is the day every chicken lays an egg.

   This was about a month ago (when Lizzy was still around). 

   Do you see this? Eight eggs! Since chickens only lay about four to six days a week (on average), getting all eight eggs can be rare. When it does happen it is very exciting!

Monday, February 16, 2015


   So unfortunately, I was not able to get my next post written on time to post this morning. Please check back tomorrow morning!

Monday, February 9, 2015

Pet Peeves

   As much as I love my chickens, they can do some things that can be somewhat annoying.

   First off, when they don't lay their eggs in the nesting boxes.

   It is so much easier when they lay in the nesting box. Then I can just open the door and get the eggs. However, when they lay the eggs in the middle of the floor, I have to crouch down under the perches to reach it. Also, sometimes the chickens end up stepping on and breaking the egg... It is just a mess.

   Second, whenever I have to take the water out of the coop to fill or clean it, they become instantly thirsty.

   They act like they haven't had water in weeks and freak out. They do this even if they weren't interested in the water only moments before.

   Third, when they get very interested in clothing or jewelry.

   Once one chicken finds something "interesting" they all do. 

   Next, is one of the most annoying. 

   Every time I open the coop door or the door to the nesting boxes, all the chickens try to come out. I have to pick them up and try to get them back in the door. 

   Finally, this one definitely involves this blog.

   It is the most annoying thing when I am about to take the photo and just before, the chickens move. You guys don't know how many blurry pictures I have because of this.

   Well thank you for reading and I hope to see you here next week!

Monday, February 2, 2015

Its Not Easy Being Green

   Olive is such a good little chicken! She is a Red Star. I had another Red Star, Hazel. I liked her so much, when I ordered the new flock I just had to get another. 

   One thing about Olive is that she is very food driven. Her favorite part of life is the treats. If I don't bring treats when I go visit the coop, she gets very fussy. 

   Olive does love to complain. She is very vocal when she is not happy. She complains when I don't bring treats. She complains when I collect eggs. She complains when I open the coop door. 

Olive's color may look plain, but it adds some nice color to the flock.

   Olive is a very sweet bird despite some of these "issues". She lays a lot of eggs and is never mean to the other chickens. I am definitely glad to have her in my little flock.

   Sorry I posted this so late! I slept in a lot!