Wednesday, 26 March 2014

March in the Chicken Coop

This month in the chicken coop...

... they've not been in the coop. Well they have, but after a winter of using it as a shelter from all the wind and rain they've rediscovered their love of the garden. This has it's ups and downs. It's so much fun seeing them explore again, and they're following us round more. Last weekend Joe was trying to plant out a day-lily we'd bought out of season last year (hooray for the "dead plants section"!), but could hardly dig for Pepper checking the loose soil for worms. We almost had a headless hen! On the downside they now start squawking at sun up for the gate to be opened and we're not impressed.

... they've been laying. We're finally up to speed with three regular layers. Fizzy, as always, has decided that eggs are not for her, but we're getting 15-20 eggs a week from the other three which is more than enough to keep us happy!

... getting muddy. At the start of the month Fizzy started to get particularly muddy. Her feathers were all clumped together and we weren't sure she was going to get on top of it again so we stepped in and gave her a bath....


This was after her bath.... still brown but not so muddy.

She wasn't impressed by the peace offering....



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  1. Ahh, poor Fizzy. But feathers that beautiful need to be clean!

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    1. Well indeed. Particularly when you're tripping over them because they're so caked in mud....!

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  2. Maybe she thought you meant mud bath.

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    1. If so she was doing an excellent job of it ;)

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  3. I can imagine how she felt about the bath, but she must feel much lighter now. How wonderful to have fresh eggs from your lovely hens.xxx

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    1. Hopefully so, she was carrying a lot of extra weight around.

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  4. Giving a chicken a bath? Now that's something I've never thought about. My parrot likes to give herself a bath in her water bowl but those feathers are hard to get clean. The water just rolls off them. When she is wet she smells just like chicken soup. I always thought that was funny.

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    1. Ours are generally good at keeping themselves clean, so we don't have to do it too often; but occasionally they get themselves in such a mess that they stop trying!

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  5. I've never thought about a chicken having a bath before, poor Fizzy. It must be lovely having so many fresh eggs to go at each week, eggs for breakfast every day and lots of delicious baking.

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    1. It is nice having so many fresh eggs, though once we start baking they disappear very quickly!

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