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Old 07-11-2012, 10:53 AM   #441
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Are there any breed of chicken that have purple feathers? Or lay purple eggs?

The chickens on Green Acres layed square eggs.
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Are there any breed of chicken that have purple feathers? Or lay purple eggs?

The chickens on Green Acres layed square eggs.
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Old 07-11-2012, 11:01 AM   #443
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Are there any breed of chicken that have purple feathers? Or lay purple eggs?

The chickens on Green Acres layed square eggs.
There are lavender Orpingtons and there is a royal-purple chicken--it is European--I haven't been able to find out the breed or what color eggs that breed lays...saw a picture in one of my "Chicken" books, but no credit and no identifier re: the breed...I so want one (or more) of those. The girls are getting sisters today...more Rhode Island Reds arriving at about 3:00 p.m. This should be interesting...
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Old 07-11-2012, 07:51 PM   #444
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Old 07-15-2012, 09:26 PM   #445
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I finally found the battery charger. We brought Pebbles in to check her leg...she stayed in for awhile with us. She is definitely a "pet" chicken--she is so accustomed to us doing stuff re: her leg, that she is very calm and cooperative. Here's a picture of her on the DH's lap getting some treats. I made hummus earlier and had some chickpeas leftover. Chicks like chickpeas!

The others were practicing their vertical lift skills...oh-oh. Momma decided that she's done with the chicks and escaped to be with the others today. When it came time to lock them down, I was wondering if she'd want to go back to the chicks...nope, she's roosting with her old buddy--Myrtle. While we were putting up the partions in the kennel building (where I hope to move the hens--there is water out there and it is where I wanted them, not in the barn), Myrtle came in to eyeball the chicks. We threatened her with "mommy duty." She wasn't interested and beat it out of the kennel building the next time we opened the door!
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Pebbles looks happy!

Pet chickens in one thread and cooking chickens in another...aren't we a strange group.
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Old 08-10-2012, 02:04 PM   #447
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I've been a bit remiss about sharing life with chickens lately. We lost three of the chicks--heartbreaking. It is hard to believe that the remaining four will be 8 weeks old on Sunday. They are in the "ugly" chick stage.

Monday was a sad day as well. Millie went missing. I hunted high and low for her--she had been venturing over the fence into the neighbour's field, but she would come to the front door, I'd let her in, and she'd run through the living room to the patio door. She didn't do this on Monday when it was time to roost. I turned on all the yard lights, left Cliff out in the yard, opened the living room windows, kept the TV on all night, slept on the couch (what little sleep I got). I was up patrolling for predators off and on throughout the night. I was up at dawn, hopeful she'd be cooing (she has a very distinct coo). No cooing. I hunted for her most of Tuesday, no Millie. Rocky was extremely aggressive and the hens were very skittish. I headed out to the farm after I locked the chickens down. The DH came on Wednesday to make sure the chickens were locked down. He spent 2 hours walking the fence line looking for Millie. No Millie. I got home last night from the farm--no Millie.

A friend called to see if she could pick up some eggs and veggies. I went out to the barn to get today's eggs.

"Cooooooo."

"Millie, where are you?"

"Coooo-here."

"Where's here?"

"Cooooo."

Millie had the habit of spending time in the loft at the farm. I looked in the loft, no Millie.

"Where are you?"

"COOOOO!!!"

Odd--that sounded as if it came from near the floor...there are three box stalls (originally for Clydesdales--so BIG box stalls). Between #2 and #3 is a gap of about 6". Lo and behold, Miss Silly Millie was trapped between the two stalls.

"OMG, is that you, Millie?"

"Cooo (who else could I be)?"

I grabbed a stool (happened to have one out there for them to use to get in the nest box--to heck with getting chicken poo on my shoes), stood on it and grabbed Miss Millie. The only part of her body I could reach were her tail feathers. Not the most dignified way to be lifted out of the hole in which she was trapped, but it was the best I could do.

I carried her out to the yard, still not 100% sure it wasn't Henny or Penny (they all tend to look alike when they are not together). I put her down, she bolted for the water dish. Rocky came racing over, clucking, crowing, etc. I went in, got some treats, and tossed those on the lawn...Millie attacked the food, Henny and Penny came running. Yup--Sheeeeeee's BACK!!!!
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I'm glad you found her. I wonder how long she was trapped in there. A friend's cat got trapped in someone else's garage. The first thing he wanted was water too.
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Hooray!!
I love a happy ending!!
Y'know....you have a nice way with words.
I think you oughta write a book about the adventures of you and your chickens!
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I'm glad you found her. I wonder how long she was trapped in there. A friend's cat got trapped in someone else's garage. The first thing he wanted was water too.
She'd been there since sometime Monday. She was out with the others when I left for the farm Monday morning, not around when I got back around 5:30. I had been in the barn calling her, but she did not answer me until today. I was hoping she was sitting on a clutch of eggs somewhere because my egg count was down...but, there are 4 eggs beyond my reach where she was trapped. I guess they don't need food or water to produce an egg. She was without food and water for 4 days. Glad it wasn't last week with that horrid heat we had. At least it was cooler this week.
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