Monday, November 16, 2015

More chickens

On Saturday, a friend from up the road a piece brought us three young hens. Aren't they pretty?




For the time being, or until they feel at home here, I've put them in with the little hillbilly couple inside the bantam lot.

We were actually in need of a "few good hens". Okay, why do I find that funny. Anyhow, our bunch of chickens are getting on up in age and have just about stopped laying.

Our little Jewel, bless her heart, has added eight chickens to the flock since May.



This was the chick she hatched back in May.



Then in September she hatched eight more baby chicks. Hopefully, all these will be hens. That's not very likely though. Isn't it funny how all of her chicks turn out to look like their dad, Mr.  Rooster and none look like her.

NEWS FLASH!!

I have now raked the first leaf...



I really meant to rake just the path. That was at 10:00 this morning...I was still raking up leaves when Poppy got home at 3:00. What a mess!

Guess I had better get busy and find something to cook for supper. Hope to be back soon. 

Love,
Henny













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  1. Hi Henny, beautiful new chickens!
    Oh my goodness you are one busy lady! Our leaves came down sooner than yours so they are all raked up and gone.
    Take care.

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    1. Thank you! It will probably take me until March to finish raking up all the leaves! :)

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  2. Welcome to the new hens. Will you name them? I hope you are feeling better now. A cracked rib is very painful.

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    1. I am feeling better. Thank you! I should name the hens. That would be fun.

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  3. Sigh, I wish we could have chickens. I've been threatening to get some even though we're not supposed too.

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    1. I know. Everybody should be able to have chickens if they want them! I was thinking you were in the country?

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  4. Our leaves haven't come down yet. Well, a few have but mostly they are still up in the trees. What a good mama Jewell must be to raise all those chicks. You'd never know they were hers to look at them though.

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    1. That's funny. I thought our trees were the worst anywhere for holding on to their leaves. I guess the further south the longer it takes for the leaves to die and fall? That little Jewel is something else!

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  5. Your chicken stories are interesting for those of us who dream we might raise chickens in the backyard someday. If it's any consolation the leaves will enrich your soil.

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    1. Thank you. You're right. Leaves make good compost and attract earthworms. I haul the raked leaves to the edge of the woods.

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  6. Hi Henny Penny, Your arms must be sore for sure from raking all those leaves. Having your own eggs must be wonderful. Hubby says no to chickens for me but I have a neighbor who will barter her organic eggs with me! Nancy

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    1. I'm pretty sore all over from the fall, cutting limbs, and now raking. :) But it feels good! Chickens can be a mess to deal with. That's good that you can trade for the good organic eggs. Thanks Nancy!

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  7. Sounds like a nice day . . . enjoy the season and the new chicks . . . Keep Smiling.
    Connie :)

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    1. Thank you Connie. I'm sure trying to do just that! :)

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  8. We used to keep a few hens in the back yard but we're actually not 'allowed' to. I'd be tempted to get some anyway but we have a nosy and unpleasant neighbour who likes to 'tattle' to by-laws so we dare not try. If 'they' find out they make you get rid of them. Do you ever have trouble when you introduce new hens? I found the old hens picked on the new ones often really badly.

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    1. Oh my goodness. We have two neighbors like that. Doesn't it drive you crazy!! I never question or get involved in any of our neighbor's business, but one neighbor will actually drive up here and ask, why are you not answering your phone or why is your dog barking, or where have you been all morning? :0 The old hens do pick on the new hens and I hate that. I always feel so sorry for the new one.

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  9. Since I finished my raking about 6 weeks ago, it's nice to sit back and watch you rake !!! And no I won't come and help you LOL

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    1. Oh Red, why not come and help? Raking is such good exercise and I know how you enjoy keeping active! :)

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  10. I think it's funny.
    Enjoy your chickens. They have a good home on your teeny tiny farm. Having grown up with chickens, I am quite happy not to have them.
    I'll have to get out and do more raking soon. Another big storm is blowing through tonight which should bring down the est of the leaves. But it;s cold and wet and hard to find good weather to get outside.

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    1. Thank you Linda! :) Chickens are messy! I feel so good about all the leaves I raked up yesterday but we are supposed to get thunderstorms and an inch of rain Wednesday night and Thursday morning. That will bring down another load of leaves and get me all stressed out.

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  11. I usually rake the leaves up for leaf mould, this year the strong winds have moved them on for me. I would love to have chickens but we have foxes very close and I am concerned that they would be attracted to the garden.

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    1. Hey Pam! I dump all the leaves near the edge of the woods, and put some in the garden. Leaves do turn into good compost. We see a fox ever once in a while!

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  12. What a job I do not envy you all those leaves. I do however envy those beautiful chickens. Hope you are fully recovered and are not over doing things. Take care.

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    1. Thank you! I am bad about over doing, but my sore ribs are getting better.

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  13. That's a lot of raking you got done.
    Enjoy seeing your chickens. : )

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    1. Thank you. And, thank you for following my blog. I am enjoying your blog!

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  14. Glad to hear that your ribs are feeling better. Hope you didn't crack any, and don't over do it! My nephew cracked some ribs, and quite a few weeks later ended up with a massive haematoma in his lungs.
    I enlarged your photo of all the half grown chicks. I made a quick guess. I'm guessing that the group of three chicks on the left are roosters. Not sure of the one directly behind the hen. The other three look like they are hens. By this point the roosters will have a slightly more obvious comb, and their tail feathers are more curved. There are three there that look like their tail feathers are quite straight, so hopefully they are hens.

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    1. Hey Karen! I appreciate that. I can never tell until the chickens are grown, which are roosters. So you think three, maybe even four may be roosters. I will get a good look at them tomorrow. It would sure be nice to have all hens.

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  15. Love the new chickens, I hope they become good layers' for you.
    My daughter has lost three hens this past week, we think it could be a coon......
    All those leaves to rake....girl you need a medal, or at least a couple of donkeys...lol
    ~Jo

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    1. Thank you Jo. A donkey sounds good to me. :) I hate your daughter lost the hens. That has happened to us before, and it is usually our best or prettiest hens that go missing.

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