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Old 10-19-2011, 12:29 AM   #131
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You're welcome to come help "wrangle" them anytime. I started clicker training the "original" flock today. They were very good--as long as I had treats. I didn't tell them that I'm using a "turkey" dog treat...thought that was TMI for them! And Cocky Rocky is NOT impressed that I am interacting with HIS new hens. I gave him a little boot in the chest when he hurled himself against my leg...he was a bit surprised. I'm bigger than he is!
I started squeaker training with Patron, his Mom is thankful...he headed for the busy street and came back to play when she used the squeaker. He's gotten so he thinks running after him or hollering his name is playing, the squeaker works.

I think my next vacation has to be to the East Coast...or my parents. Maybe I can sneak in a trip to Ontario. To play with chickens...
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Old 10-19-2011, 07:30 AM   #132
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Re Chicken Wrangling

I get the feeling that "What's the Last Thing That Made You Smile" might get *hogged* by CW's hen stories. Sure makes me smile to read them.
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Old 10-26-2011, 09:50 AM   #133
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What - no more chicken news? Or am I on the wrong thread for CWS's flock now? My *hogged* comment was, after all, just trying to make a pun. Hope it wasn't taken wrong.
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Old 10-26-2011, 12:48 PM   #134
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CW, do yolks in the eggs you get have any blood on them?
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Old 10-26-2011, 01:50 PM   #135
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What - no more chicken news? Or am I on the wrong thread for CWS's flock now? My *hogged* comment was, after all, just trying to make a pun. Hope it wasn't taken wrong.
I hope it didn't put you in a fowl mood now.
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Old 10-26-2011, 01:50 PM   #136
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What's the oldest chicken you've ever had? For me,was a 5 - 1/2 year old hen. Didn't die a natural death, either. It was killed by a gol durn hawk. That's what happens when you don't go back into the chicken coop with the rest of the chickens like you are supposed to.

As for roosters, who tend to die young (just falling off the roost during the night), it was 4-5 years old when it got taken during the night because it was sleeping outdoors. Nothing left but a pile of feathers.
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Old 10-26-2011, 01:56 PM   #137
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I hope it didn't put you in a fowl mood now.
Ahhhh comeon, don't be chicken! Strut your stuff like a Rooster with a tude! Don't clamp your beak shut like ya got egg on your face! Crow it out!

hehe, that's all I can think of....
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Old 10-26-2011, 04:23 PM   #138
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I've been really busy...work-work-work, and curling started, so that's a "day trip" to the City so I have had to change my work routine. But maybe I can start an O/T Chicken Chronicles thread this weekend for the DC chicken keepers.

And no, my yolks don't have blood in them.

Since this is the first year I've had chickens, they were all born April/May.

I've got the new ones 'conditioned' to go in the coop when I go out around 5-5:30. But, Harriet and Myrtle still "squawked at" if I don't let them out until 9:00 a.m. I tried to take some pics yesterday, but my batteries needed recharging. I wanted to get one of them helping with the plowing--they were all following behind the plow in single file, with Rocky bringing up the rear, crowing his head off and flapping his wings. Maybe Friday I can get some pics--plowing is scheduled again. Harriet did hop up on the tractor...I think she'd like to ride on the tractor...probably on the DH's shoulder! If she does, I promise a picture! Even if I have to drive into town to get more batteries.
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And no, my yolks don't have blood in them.

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How come the eggs I buy at the farmers market always have little drops/dots of blood on the yolks? Just wondering.
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How come the eggs I buy at the farmers market always have little drops/dots of blood on the yolks? Just wondering.
Blood Spots

Blood or "meat" spots are occasionally found on an egg yolk. These tiny red or red-brown spots are not harmful. They are caused by the rupture of a blood vessel during formation of the egg. Blood spots do not indicate a fertilized egg. Candling reveals most blood spots and those eggs are removed, but even with electronic spotters, it is impossible to catch all of them. If desired, the spot can be removed with the tip of a clean knife prior to cooking. These eggs are safe to eat.
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