Posts Tagged ‘crowing’

Farmer in training

June 2, 2009

The other day I read a really funny post with pictures of chickens taking dust baths, only they looked dead. The comments made me laugh out loud and the pictures were really funny, too. And then there were pictures of the beautiful feathers. I’d post a link but I cannot for the life of me find that blog or the post. It’s time for some gingko biloba or something, I guess. (EDITED to add that I found it!).

I saw my grandparents on Sunday and my grandma on Monday. My grandpa told me I am a farmer. I think I’m more of a farmer-in-training. Scott the Farmer came by this morning. He got out of his truck without turning it off, so I knew something was up as he usually chats with us for a while. It turns out one of the cows, Sweetie Cow, had gotten out and was on her way to Fandon, which is the town directly east of us. Fandon is probably the closest town, but it barely qualifies as a town since it doesn’t even have a sign, let alone a population on the sign (not that there is anything wrong with that, I’m just saying). So anyway, Scott said he hadn’t had a very good morning and that he didn’t get up until 5:30. HAHAHAHAHA. We get up at 8:30 or so. Even with the roosters crowing at dawn, we still wake up around 8:30. They even crow again right around that time, as if to tell us to get our butts out of bed already. So I’m sure the chickens would agree that we are farmers-in-training, if anything.

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Chickens at 6 weeks

April 27, 2009

The chickens are so darn cute. The kids are cute, too. So when you put them together, the cuteness is almost unbearable. Thursday, April 23, was their 6 week birthday. The kids seemed to know this without being told. They were celebrating Chicken Joe’s birthday by giving him “grass pops,” which are just really long blades of grass. They were also pulling up grass by the handful to feed the chickens. Aidan kept saying that he was getting some birthday cake for Chicken Joe, which was just weeds. The kids were being so cute about the chickens.

Here are some pictures of them inside the movable coop.

Chickens at 6 weeks old

Chickens at 6 weeks old

Chickens checking me out

Chickens checking me out

Check out that comb development

Check out that comb development

All six of the chicks

All six of the chicks

Close up of one of the pullets

Close up of one of the pullets

They are spending the nights outside now, but inside the movable coop, of course. The second night they were out, I sat there watching them, hoping to hear Chicken Joe crow. Instead, they were peeping like something was wrong. I checked their food and water and filled up both, but they were still peeping. I checked to see if something was inside the house part of the movable coop, but it was nothing. So I figured they were fine, but just wigged out about it getting dark out. The next night they did the same thing. I went to the forums at Backyard Chickens and found out that chickens can be scared of the dark if they have always had light, which mine had. When we had them in the garage, we would still turn on the heating lamp at night time. So, darkness was totally new to them and they seemed a bit scared. I’m sure it will pass. Last night we got home well after dark and they had put themselves in the house and were roosting. I only had to put the door up and check all the latches. It was pretty cool!

We want to build a bigger run for them and possibly a bigger hen house since I plant to get a few more chicks in summer, when I can safely brood them in the garage. I think I’ve probably said that before! I’d like to have the hen house and run done before we get the other chicks so that we can brood the chicks in the movable coop and slowly introduce them to the other chickens. I’ll have to get busy doing that, but Tim has been working so much that the housework is piling up and we aren’t getting much built since he is the master builder of the house! 🙂 I can plan the hen house to some extent and I can certainly go buy things, but when it comes to the building part, I am a lowly apprentice.

Cows, chickens, and kittens

April 25, 2009

Sorry I haven’t written much in the past couple of days. We’ve all had a pretty mild cold. It’s mild in the sense that we don’t have boogers and snot all over us and the sore throat wasn’t that bad, but I felt like crap and I know the kids did, too. The cold seems short lived and I’m grateful for that since the weather has been so nice!

The cow drama seems to be over. They seem much calmer, but we also haven’t let the kids near them and won’t until the cows are used to us other adults. Tim has been giving them a “treat” in the morning and I’ve been doing it in the afternoon. They seem comfortable with Tim already; this morning they were waiting for him to give them their “treat.” By the time I got home with the kids around 5:30 today, it seemed like they were waiting for me. So it seems they are getting used to Tim and me. The kids haven’t gotten close to the cows but have been in the garden area, which is not that far away. I think by the end of next week, the kids might even get to go near them. We’ll see.

The garden is going nicely. I’m still waiting for tilling, but the ground isn’t quite dry enough and it’s supposed to rain for a few days. Maybe that’s a good reason to go with no tilling? The pepper plants finally sprouted and now are going crazy. I put some of the broccoli outside to get sunshine and it is thriving. Some of the little seedlings died, naturally, but the others are filling out nicely. The zucchini and watermelon I started are doing really well and some of the herbs are doing, too. I put the spinach starts outside for some sun, but I think I waited too long. I think they all finally died. I just thought I should add in some of the plants that didn’t work out so well, for the purposes of full disclosure. 🙂

The chickens are awesome. They are in the movable coop out in the garden and spent last night and tonight out there. Apparently Chicken Joe is crowing, or attempting to crow. Tim and Tom have heard it and I think I heard him doing something tonight at sunset. Honestly, the kids and I just don’t get up early enough to hear him in the morning. Eventually, he will be loud enough and the windows will be open and we will wake up early. Right? Tonight Tim was looking at the chickens and thinking that one of the other chickens is a cockerel and not a pullet because “she” is developing a comb and wattles more quickly than the other pullets. I told him I didn’t think she was a he, but we’ll see.

Oh, and it seems that Mama Cat had her kittens. I thought maybe she was pregnant because her belly felt round and I could feel her teats, but now I think she started coming around for food once they were born. Mo found the kittens in our shed tonight, but I think that Mama Cat had them elsewhere and brought them here very recently, possibly today while it was quiet outside since the kids and I were in town almost all day. We only saw 3 kittens, but then Aidan said he saw another kitten under the one we have named Vicious. She (or he) has hissed and growled at us anytime we came near. Mama Cat is totally fine with us being near her kittens, but apparently this one kitten is very scared or very protective of the others. I’m not sure as I don’t really have a lot of experience with kittens that are with the mama and litter mates. I’ve had tons of cats, just not in this particular situation. I can’t tell how old the kittens are, but their eyes are open and they are not newborns. I think Mama Cat started coming around for food around 2 weeks ago, so I would guess the kittens are about 2 weeks old. If I can get some pictures I will do that and post them and maybe someone else will have a better idea how old the kittens are.

Anyway, that’s as much as I can write for now. I know I need to post pictures and stories about the chickens, so I’ll try to write about that tomorrow. The kids are so super cute with the chickens, who are now 6 weeks old. I’ll write more later. I need to get to bed!