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Old 06-18-2014, 09:32 PM   #691
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A friend said I've fallen off the deep end...guess I should have left the laptop and Internet device at home....

The 10 3-week-old chicks and Miss Eggatha are enjoying some environmental enrichment. The gardens at the farm need attention, so I loaded up the car (that took over an hour--dogs, chicks, momma, laptop, Internet device, clothes, cooler of food). How many people take their chickens on vacation? They're loving the big barn. Hope I can corral them back in the crate on Friday or Saturday when I head back to the "city." Who knew having chickens was so much fun???
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Old 06-18-2014, 09:46 PM   #692
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Chicken Vacations...LOL!!
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Old 06-18-2014, 10:38 PM   #693
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Chicken Vacations...LOL!!
A friend said that I am certifiable...I figure that's because I packed up the laptop and Internet device.... The government requires that employers pay 4% vacation pay...Eggatha is on mat leave--she deserves it. She's such a good momma.
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Old 06-18-2014, 10:48 PM   #694
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Yes, definitely the laptop and Internet device, you are just as insane as the rest of us.

I know how hard it is to leave the laptop closed and go away for a few days.
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Old 06-19-2014, 04:23 AM   #695
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Please give Miss Eggatha a big hug for me. Why it seems like only yesterday that she was fighting Miss Myrtle for your attention like all children do. They certainly grew up so fast. At least Cocky Rocky wasn't around to leave little holes in your legs. I wonder how he would feel being the Papa to such a big brood. They babies now have all summer to grow up and make Miss Eggatha proud.

Are they able to turn the dirt as well as Miss Eggtha does yet? I went back and looked at the pictures.
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Old 06-19-2014, 05:32 AM   #696
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Addie--I spent about an hour watching them--they can really kick the dirt with those little legs! Eggatha has taught them well. I will let them out in the farmyard today with Momma and under my supervision (and Cliff and Tucker's). Don't want any hawks to grab one up.
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Addie--I spent about an hour watching them--they can really kick the dirt with those little legs! Eggatha has taught them well. I will let them out in the farmyard today with Momma and under my supervision (and Cliff and Tucker's). Don't want any hawks to grab one up.
Sure beats paying for an expensive tiller.
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Sure beats paying for an expensive tiller.
Tiller? Why? Momma and the chicks do such a great job.Who knew having chicks was so much fun!! Love watching the babies and Momma.
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Old 07-02-2014, 10:55 PM   #699
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The "babies" are 5 weeks old this week. They survived their vacation...I think 2 are roosters--I have a home for one rooster--maybe I can integrate a third rooster into the flock. I moved Momma and the babies to the other coop on the weekend. They are so glad to be out of the Vari700 dog crate. I also have set up a 4 ft x 4 ft x-pen on the lawn (with a top--eagles have been spotted flying over). I haven't put them outside because it has been so hot, but the heat is supposed to break (and I will be home during the day after Friday--have to go to client sites tomorrow and Friday--suffer from the heat and could not bring myself to put them outside with the humidex over 35 C).

Stay tuned for updates on the babies (with pics--they are at the ugly chick phase), Myrtle getting used to her flight suit, Strippy (rooster #2) checking out the kiddie pool, Alma finally gave up trying to hatch unfertilized eggs..and teaching the hens the word "broom" to get them out of the tomato patch. Who knew having chickens was so much fun!
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