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Old 01-17-2013, 08:56 PM   #541
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Old 01-17-2013, 09:01 PM   #542
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Old 01-18-2013, 10:45 AM   #543
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What they all said, CWS.
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Old 01-24-2013, 05:19 AM   #544
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Thanks everyone. Because the heads were torn off, I couldn't tell who was missing....my greatest fear was that Harriet and Myrtle were "gone." No, they've divided their kingdom--Harriet is the Queen Hen of those in the barn and Myrtle has taken up residency as as top hen in the Bo house.

So which hens got taken away by the owl/hawk? The Lowhmanns. The beauty of that breed is that they hunker down when you approach them--this makes it easier to pick them up. It also makes it easier for predators. Made me sick having to go around the yard and pick up headless carcasses. Enough said.

Coming up--I have promised the boys (my friend's kids) 10 fertilized eggs to hatch. It seems that their classes have not been party to the egg hatching thing. One of the boys' birthdays is June 6th. We are going to count back 21 days so the chicks will start hatching on his birthday--how cool is that?. His older brother is a gifted child. We thought it would be nice if the non-gifted child could have the chicks start hatching on or around his birthday. They are going to keep any and all chicks until the chicks feather out. And, they will most likely name the chicks and I will have to keep them. At first I thought I could sell those chicks...probably not.
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Old 01-24-2013, 07:41 AM   #545
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Once you name a farm animal, it is yours to keep forever. Watching an amimal being born or hatched is another hazard to eternal attachment. Not a bad thing in the end.
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Old 01-24-2013, 05:03 PM   #546
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Old 02-07-2013, 08:14 AM   #547
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Pretty entertaining here.

We had a great chicken named stupid, but she was the smartest one we had. She had a crooked beak which is where her name came from. In the spring all the other chickens were scratching away aimlessly when I noticed Stupid and the small white one were by the lilacs digging at the roots the white one was watching Stupid get bugs and copying her.

Before long wherever stupid led all the rest would follow.
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Old 02-07-2013, 09:18 AM   #548
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Pretty entertaining here.

We had a great chicken named stupid, but she was the smartest one we had. She had a crooked beak which is where her name came from. In the spring all the other chickens were scratching away aimlessly when I noticed Stupid and the small white one were by the lilacs digging at the roots the white one was watching Stupid get bugs and copying her.

Before long wherever stupid led all the rest would follow.
It is a fun and informative place. We have a lot of laughs. When you have the time, sit and read through all of the Chicken Chronicals. Great reading.
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Henny, one of the Plymouth Rock hens, was acting strangely on Monday. She was trapped in the x-pen. I let her out, and she went over to the feeder. I didn't think anything more about it (hind-sight is 20/20). On Tuesday morning, she was in the nest box when I went out to feed and water the girls. On Tuesday afternoon, she was still in the nest box (and there were eggs all over the place because no one else could get in the nest box). The PRs are not the most people friendly. However, when I picked her up, she was very calm--oh-oh. I brought her in the house, put her in a dog crate near the woodstove (maybe she was cold? It has been beastly cold). She drank a bit, ate a few pieces of pasta, but that was it. I cuddled her in a towel on my lap in the rocking chair (made up a song just for her). Wednesday, I went on line and looked up what to do if a chicken is egg bound. So I put her in the bathtub on a hot towel, turned on the shower (which is separate from the bathtub) and steamed the room. I did this a couple of times. Wednesday night she was very lethargic. gave her a warm bath and did a "vent" exam. I didn't feel anything (and no, she didn't enjoy it any more than I did). I figured she'd probably die overnight...well, yesterday when I got home from work she was drinking and eating. Today she is scolding me--I don't think she likes being in the crate (or maybe it was the vent exam). I've told her she has to lay an egg before she goes back to the flock. She is getting special treats--beef, rice, pasta, sour milk, and cooked green beans.
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C'mon Henny, you can do it. Go Henny! Go Henny! (Pun intended)
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