Wednesday, September 22, 2010

We have an egg or two......

Which came first? Well, in our chicken house the chicken came first......

Then one egg.....

And now there are two.....

THANKS FANNY! Now lets get the slacker sisters motivated!

Friday, September 17, 2010

Pink Polka Dot Boots

I've been wearing old croc sandals out in the chicken yard, run and house. Basically keeps my feet clean, but mornings have been cooler and the grass is wet so I decided I needed something else. Thanks Target for marking your rain boots down 50%!

See, subtle are they not? I was a little disappointed that the girls were not immediately flocking to check them out, but they went on their merry way, looking for bugs and what not in the grass...

Now Lydia, Kitty and Elinor are showing some interest (OK, the others did too but moved away before I could get their pictures).....

Lydia is probably wondering if the dots taste like, well, you know......

Nope, definitely does not taste like banana. I bet Lydia could work a pair of little pink boots, although she'd probably prefer a pair of black slingbacks with a kitten heel.

Fanny deciding if she approves....she'll get back to me about that.

The silly sisters (Fanny, Elinor and Kitty) are now 18 weeks old and still no eggs. Seems the average age to start laying for Golden Comets is 17-21 weeks, but some start as early as 15 weeks. I have a feeling that they might hold out until the snooty sisters (Harriet, Emma and Lydia) are ready to start at about 24 weeks just to torture me. We have put golf balls in the nesting boxes to give them a clue, but so far they are clueless- much like Jane Austen's character Emma. If you haven't seen them you should check out 'Clueless' and 'Emma'. Two good movies, neither of which laid an egg!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Things we like to eat

Grass clippings are always a treat- Will dumps out the mower bag and they play in the hills 'o grass and search for insects. Within just a few hours they have spread the grass throughout the run in a nice even layer.
Anything growing in a pot must be examined, tasted and sat upon. That's why the potted plants are now sitting on the chicken free side of the fence.

Watermelon is their favorite fruit (but banana is a close second)

And everyone needs a little oatmeal to start out their day- dry, not cooked please!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

September 2, 2010

The hen house, empty until I come in to take this photo.
This morning was cool and bright. The girls were waiting at the door to the run and in what is becoming routine Kitty, Fanny, Elinor and Emma waited for me to pet them before going into the yard. Harriet and Lydia look on with some interest but hang back. I usually only have a few minutes in the morning to feed up and give them fresh water, but today starts a week off for me and I was able to hang out with them for a few hours. They grazed and I read....except for Fanny flying up on the gate and having to be redirected it was blissfully peaceful.

They followed me in, no doubt wondering why I was going in their space and if I had a treat for them.

Morning snack time.

Nesting boxes are ready, but no eggs so far. The small hanging feeder has crushed oyster shells to help make the egg shells strong- the eggs that could show up anytime now from the comets.

The round thing hanging down is a head of cabbage. Yes, they get to play with their food!
Sometimes its like watching a kindergarten tether ball game.