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Old 05-28-2012, 12:05 PM   #291
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That purring sound can be so comforting. It is like they are telling you that their world is just fine.
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Old 05-28-2012, 04:29 PM   #292
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I come here everyday just to read this thread so keep it coming :)
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Old 05-31-2012, 12:04 PM   #293
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Here it is Thursday, five days have come and gone since Operation Red Hen. They all seem to have adjusted, even Silly Milly (finally! She no longer things roosting on the picnic table is a good thing). "Miss Broody" (I think it is Prudence, not Eggatha) is sitting on a clutch of 15! eggs. I thought 10 was the magic number...of course, she may be adding an egg-a-day! I can tell when she's out of the nest box--Rocky goes into the dog run (Miss Broody is the only one in the dog kennel building--the nest box is on the floor. I'd thought of moving it again, but figure if it is on the floor, should chicks hatch, it will make it easier for Miss Broody to escort them outside when they are ready). Any way, Rocky goes into his protective stance and stands guard by the dog door into the dog run when Miss Broody is off the nest. At least he's good for something. The stick I carry has proven to be a good way of keeping him at a distance from me. I am still hoping we can find time to do the spurectomy this weekend.

Tonight I have to run out to the farm...I'm thinking of bringing Harriet and Myrtle. It depends on how soon I can get out of the City. There are veggies in the garden to eat, weeding and mowing to be done. And, my chicken sitters move in tonight, so the flock would have someone to let them out tomorrow and back in again. It is tempting to take my two favorite chickens for a ride...
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Old 05-31-2012, 10:05 PM   #294
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Here it is Thursday, five days have come and gone since Operation Red Hen. They all seem to have adjusted, even Silly Milly (finally! She no longer things roosting on the picnic table is a good thing). "Miss Broody" (I think it is Prudence, not Eggatha) is sitting on a clutch of 15! eggs. I thought 10 was the magic number...of course, she may be adding an egg-a-day! I can tell when she's out of the nest box--Rocky goes into the dog run (Miss Broody is the only one in the dog kennel building--the nest box is on the floor. I'd thought of moving it again, but figure if it is on the floor, should chicks hatch, it will make it easier for Miss Broody to escort them outside when they are ready). Any way, Rocky goes into his protective stance and stands guard by the dog door into the dog run when Miss Broody is off the nest. At least he's good for something. The stick I carry has proven to be a good way of keeping him at a distance from me. I am still hoping we can find time to do the spurectomy this weekend.

Tonight I have to run out to the farm...I'm thinking of bringing Harriet and Myrtle. It depends on how soon I can get out of the City. There are veggies in the garden to eat, weeding and mowing to be done. And, my chicken sitters move in tonight, so the flock would have someone to let them out tomorrow and back in again. It is tempting to take my two favorite chickens for a ride...
I really don't think that is what is meant by a "hen party."
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Old 05-31-2012, 10:18 PM   #295
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I really don't think that is what is meant by a "hen party."
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At my age, that' about all the excitement I can take. As it turned out, I didn't
bringt them--it was late and I'd leave early, so I'd only disrupt their new pattern of going into their new digs at dusk. Maybe when I stay a few days instead of just overnight to get yet MORE stuff. Gosh, do I have a lot of stuff.
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Old 05-31-2012, 10:22 PM   #296
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At my age, that' about all the excitement I can take. As it turned out, I didn't
bringt them--it was late and I'd leave early, so I'd only disrupt their new pattern of going into their new digs at dusk. Maybe when I stay a few days instead of just overnight to get yet MORE stuff. Gosh, do I have a lot of stuff.
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Old 06-07-2012, 08:30 PM   #297
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I wish I'd had my camera yesterday morning. I went out to say good morning and let the girls and Rocky out of their new digs. There is a window as you approach the building. Myrtle was standing in the window waiting for me. As soon as she saw me, she started squawking. "She's here! She has food! Line up, everyone!" As soon as I opened the door, they trooped out in single file. It was only after everyone else was out that Myrtle hopped down from her watch post and joined the feeding frenzy. Who knew having chickens would be so much fun! Tomorrow is day 14 of Miss Broody sitting on the eggs...will there be chicks next Friday???? I am charging all the batteries for my camera just in case.
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Old 06-07-2012, 09:21 PM   #298
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If you are lucky you can get some shots of them hatching. Looking forward to the pics.
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If not hatching, soon after! Who knew having chickens, err, HENS, could be so much fun!
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Old 06-13-2012, 09:02 AM   #300
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The chickens come knocking at the door...I am back at the farm for 8 days with four dogs and SEVEN chickens. A friend of mine told me that the others might kill any chicks, so I had decided to load Miss Broodie up and take her to the farm with me. But then, I decided that maybe Myrtle, Harriet, Elsie, Gertrude, Eggatha, and Scarlet might like to go to the farm for a holiday away from Rocky (I know I'm enjoying it). It was hot, hot, hot on Monday (and humid). I didn't feel like chasing chickens around, so I brought the Vari200 in the house and waited. I figured Gertie or Elsie would lead the others to the patio door at some point looking for cheese. Gertie was the first to show up, so she got a ticket to the farm. It wasn't long before the others followed. The crate was a bit crowded, but they didn't seem to mind traveling steerage. Once at the farm, they ran around checking out everything. At night, they roosted in their old spots. Yesterday morning as I was getting ready to drive the DH to the airport, I heard a "scratching" on the door. Yup--Myrtle was demanding to come in for cheese. I think I might be a chicken enabler...besides maybe babying them a bit...When I stopped at the house in the City, Penny "scratched" on the patio door to come in...I see that I might have started something with letting them in to have a bit of cheese...they love cheese....
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