In 45* below zero temperatures, this crazy, bad a**, 4 year old, Blue Marans hen decides to hide a nest and hatch out a chick!!!!
Archive for Chickens
Today, after about a week straight of bitter cold in Michigan, the sun finally came out. The hens have been cooped up and were anxious to get outside. LeadBoy and I were taking advantage of the respite from blowing cold winds to get the rabbit and chicken feed bins replenished. A chicken darted back inside the coop right between LeadBoys legs squawking and fussing and carrying on…. Just as he turned around to see what was flustering her, a small hawk swept down with claws extended and made a swipe for the chicken! It missed, but raked LeadBoys jean- covered leg!
Not too many people can say they’ve been attacked by a hawk!
Sometimes life gets in the way of doing chores before sunset. We have two lantern style flashlights we use to do chores when it’s dark. One has a handy little hook on top that I loop into the top buttonhole on my jacket. It’s the perfect height for seeing inside the rabbit cages when one hand is in latching cage doors and the other hand is pouring food and water. When the work is done, it’s a pretty picture.
If chickens go crazy over the first, lush grass of spring…..
What could possibly make them run AWAY from the grass????
What could the possibly be running TOWARD??????
Clabbered milk, of course!!!!
What treats make your chickens race to get there first?
Have you ever considered the true cost of chicken feed? First a farmer grows the grain. Actually, it’s more likely that several farmers each grow just one type of grain. Very likely using massive tractors and harvesters. Then each farmer’s crop is transported to the mill in giant diesel sucking trucks. Then the mill grinds the grain and mixes it. Why do they grind it? Anyone? Anyone? Then you get in your vehicle and drive to pick it up and drive it back home and have a lovely poly blend or paper bag that you can’t reuse. (Or do you? I’d love to hear ideas on recycling the mountain of bags I have accumulating!) So what if we planted a tiny feed plot of our own? What if we planted barley and red clover and oats and sunflower seeds and comfrey in a corner of our yard? Would you cut your spring/summer/fall ration down to next to nothing? Has anyone ever done this? I bet my chickens could survive the winter on a tiny bit of grain if I supplemented them with extra milk every morning. Thoughts? Ideas?