I ran across a recipe to make cookies - for chickens
Here are the ingredients:
1 cup ground cinnamon
Nope, I don’t get it
This is how big a Barnevelder hen can puff up when she wants to. Normally she’s the thinner than the Ameracauna hen on the left.
Seven for Sunday - Bird Edition
- I was invited to a 3 year olds Birthday Party a Lollapalooza & Pizza thing, but I passed and instead hired Francisco and Luise to build another chicken pen. It need it. It’s dark out there now and they are still at it, putting corrugated sheet metal on the roof to keep the interior dry-er when it rains. Nice guys, hard workers.
- We made a Home Depot run and stopped at a local Taco truck for dinner - YUM! The place was packed with people. Took us 45 minutes to get our food, but it was worth the wait. In the down time Francisco piled up a tom of to-go salsa containers, to spice up his food…fill his fridge?
- I was the only gringo, so everyone spoke to me in Spanish. It was a chatty group. I know Spanish words but have no idea how to put them into a sentence. So I come across as a dim bulb.
- The guys I hire to work for me always want to know why I don’t have children. They are very persistent in wanting to know this…It’s a hard question to answer… :)
- I got a bunch of multi-age chicks at the beginning of the month and it’s been a fiasco, 2 chicks died immediately, one has disappeared…no idea where it went. The folks that traded for my bantams, just emailed that they want me to swing by with a couple of chicks to replace the ones that died (no cost). How sweet is that? Nice folks, seriously.
- I’m terrified to leave for the weekend. Yesterday, both dogs got out, a slew of chickens too, and one bird was stuck and had to be rescued. I have someone staying here but he doesn’t pay much attention to things.
- My Craigslist friend Rubik, should have eggs hatching this weekend. A couple of dozen eggs this time are mine. I’m curious to see if his wonky incubator works. It is made of a pool noodle and a dorm sized fridge. He’s an engineer so it might be fine.
BEST CHICKEN COOP, EVER!
Only $3,000 on Cragslist in Belchertown, MA. Christmas is coming…anyone? I’m sure they’d throw in free shipping to California, right?!
Of course it’s nicer than my house, so there is that. Still…
Scowling Rooster is Scowly
Lol, this is the happy face of my Brahma Rooster “Big Red” after I rescued him. He’d gotten himself wedged between the back of the pen and the wall — took me two hours to get him free and required real tools. Despite his cross look, he’s the gentlest rooster I have.
SLEEPING BARNEVELDER HEN
Talk about drama queens…this is one that when you pick it up it screams like it’s being killed, and then if you don’t drop it immediately, it goes completely limp in your hands.
Also gorgeous plumage in iridescent black, brown and dark tan…
I always like when I can find someone to adopt roosters. It’s a tough life being a rooster — hens don’t need you around to lay eggs, and only a few are needed to cover even a big flock if you want to raise chicks. The younger set is always challenging your authority and the hens aren’t always cooperative.
This weekend a friend of mine took four of my boys pictured to cover his hens.
- a flighty Brown Leghorn
- weird Urkle rooster he’s all leg. Leghorn/Cornish cross
- a HUGE Brahma/BSL cross
- a pretty Barred Plymouth Rock/BSL cross
(though he looks weird in the pix)
Ironically, he liked the Urkel rooster best, lol. Urkel does have lovely coloring.
One of the pullets just coming into lay this month. Fingers crossed that a dozen or two of the new girls will take on laying through the shorter, darker days. I’ve been lucky in the past, but this year I have more birds moulting and birds that have stopped for the winter. I don’t believe in using artificial light to keep birds laying.
This girl is gorgeous, full of fall color - so I named her after a gregarious college roommate - Autumn, who in not only colorful, but in turn was named after the song “Autumn Leaves”.
EASTER EGGERS - 6 weeks
These are the last of this year’s crop of chicks. Mostly EE’s and RI Reds, they are just 6 weeks old. The two pictured are among my favorites. The top is buff and blue - really pretty coloring. No muff, no beard. Interested to see what color eggs she lays. The bottom is just a really sweet girl. More classic Ameracauna coloring.
CURIOUS, the way of chickens
Bantam Mottled Cochin
Chickens are maddeningly curious. Bring out anything new and they will run like, well, like chickens, away from it. And cluster in a corner completely freaked out where they can smother one another in their panic. This can include a new food they haven’t seen before, a cardboard box, or god-forbid, the dreaded broom! But turn your back and leave, and they will edge their way over to check it out. Climb on it, peck at it, crap on it, until they are absolutely certain that it’s not edible. At that point they will pointedly ignore it, forever.
Cornish Cross Hen - Better Conformation
This hen has similar ancestry to the Rooster I just posted. Her shape is better, her legs more proportional to her body. She’s the result of a Red Laced Cornish Cross and probably a Danish Brown Leghorn Rooster. She has the Cornish boxy shape as well but is more balanced.
CHICKS at 3 WEEKS
This is the mid-phase of chickdowm - losing down and growing feathers. The chicks look unkempt and are eating like crazy. It takes a lot of protein to grow feathers.
The top chick is buff and “blue” gray - I’m curious to see how she turns out. The bottom chick will likely end up an Ameracauna with an orange head and will look nothing like the chick she started out to be.
Yes, #Monkeyfrog - gangly teenage years, indeed! :)
RHODE ISLAND RED CHICKS
I have ‘em. The Rhode Island Red is the state bird of Rhode Island. They were originally bred in Adamsville, a village which is part of Little Compton, Rhode Island — which is where my chicken keeping friend’s husband hails from. They are prolific layers of brown eggs, and are cute as heck as chicks. The can be bossy adults so I have avoided them historically since i have a wussy flock, but recently I’ve thrown caution to the wind.