Sorry it has been so long since my last post, but I have been busy. I have some sad news. A couple weeks ago, Wrinkly died. It happened peacefully, in her sleep. She was old, but my family and I still loved her. We gave her a small burial in our garden.
A couple days ago, we found out that Ostrich was broody! For the non- chicken-keepers reading, being broody means that they want to be a mother. They find eggs (They don’t care if they are imaginary, fake or real!) and sit on them for around a month until the eggs hatch! First she tried to set up her eggs in the nesting box, (Failure, as the other chickens pecked her to try to get to the eggs) then we moved her to our barn in an old dog crate bedded with straw and with little cups of food and water. She was happy in there for a little while, then my Mom pointed out that it would be hard for her to stretch her legs. We moved the crate to the chickens old coop, but Ostrich didn’t want to go back in. We shoved her in and closed the door. She got frantic and broke an egg. She sampled the yolk and suddenly wanted to stay in. I pulled her out, replaced the eggy straw and removed the eggshell. All Ostrich wanted was to sit in the nesting box. We let her in and marked her 10 eggs with blue sharpie. Then we put her in the ‘Broody-Box’ as we call it. The Broody-Box is an area of the upper coop that you can block from other chickens by inserting a piece of wood with a window attached. The other chickens can look but can’t do anything else.
I hope we don’t have anymore problems with broodiness!
I found a couple good websites that anyone who loves chickens should check out.
The Chicken Chick: An awesome website with lots of great DIY projects, the chicken chick is a great place to check out.
Scratch And Peck: The website is from an author who I like very much, Lauren Scheuer. She wrote a book called Once Upon A Flock about her chickens. She is also a great artist and sells shirts with some of her drawings on them. I have a shirt with the words I ♥ my (I love my chicken!)
And take a peek at tbnranch while you are looking!
Reesey, our first rooster, is probably going to live with the neighbors. He is leaving because he has recently attacked me. Like, five times. And he sometimes attacks my parents and Sarah is scared to go in the chicken coop because he attacked her a couple times. I will miss him, but if the neighbors take him at least I will be able to see him every couple days. If the neighbors don’t want him, I don’t know what will happen. I’m hoping for the best. My Mom heard sometimes if a rooster lives with no other roosters, they will be nicer. I hope that is true.
Today I went outside and found a brown egg, another brown egg, and a blue egg! I’ve been getting only browns for four months! I thanked the chickens, but they just looked at me and I could almost hear them say, “Just give us the treat so we may gobble it up, evilly laughing at the hens who didn’t get it.” I went inside and set it on our egg holder and my mom took a picture. Thank you chickens!
I love to hear funny stories about chickens, even my own chickens. If you have a funny chicken story, (or a story about other animals) please write it in the comments so I can read it. Here are some funny things my chickens have done……
Pocahontas: Once Matt and my were herding our chickens into the garden (Where we sometimes take them to get some fresh grass) when Poky grabbed a dead mouse one of the cats killed, ate it whole, and sneezed it out! Then she ate it again! it was so funny, seeing the other chickens chase her to get a sneezed out mouse!
Raven: Not to long ago, a friend and I were playing outside when we heard Matt yell. We ran to see what was up when he said, “Look! Raven is on the old coop!” We looked up and saw Raven, up on top of our coop! She was walking on the chicken wire. I yelled at her to come down, but she ignored me. Then I climbed on the tree next to the coop and scared her off.
Everyone: Once, all the chickens went into the garden and dug up a rotten spinach because they love spinach so much. Out of all the grass and weeds and bugs, they chose a rotten spinach!
Bye for now! I’ll update you if anything else funny happens.