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Old 07-25-2014, 05:39 PM   #711
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Great names!

And a good word of the day!
I'm still flabbergasted that Miss Betty White was able to convince Pearl to sit on the eggs while MBW did what she wanted to do--she was a hen on a mission. I've never seen a hen finish a dirt bath in 2 minutes before. Love my hens.
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Old 07-30-2014, 09:56 AM   #712
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When I went out to lock down the flock(s) last night, Portia was not with the littles. I counted once, twice, three times...looked all around, no Portia. "Don't panic, yet, Big Chicken..." I went to the "adult" coop, counted and there was Portia, nestled in between Myrtle and Eggatha. Portia is a "big-hen wannabe." This morning, she ran out of the coop in the "middle" of the big hens. Now if the others would decide to move into the "adult" coop, that would make life a lot easier in the winter.

They are all so very cute! 9 weeks old this Friday, healthy, growing, and very social. They come to the house and are interacting with the adults--no pecking from the adults. This I like. And yesterday, they all demonstrated their dirt-bathing skills!

Miss Betty White's eggs should hatch next week. She's been very diligent about sitting on the eggs--hope they hatch (or some do) and please don't hatch all little roos!
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Old 07-30-2014, 08:59 PM   #713
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I'm so glad you found Portia. I do remember when one would be missing and the end result was very sad indeed. But then I remember everything about the girls.
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Old 08-05-2014, 11:31 PM   #714
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Saturday, Gladys went missing. I looked high and low...no such luck. Today I figured she was gone...when I went to lock the littles up tonight, I happened to stumble on a feed bucket that was upside down. OMG, Gladys was trapped under it. I brought her in the house, fed her and let her drink. Took her out to the coop. Hopefully, the food and water were restorative enough. She was perky enough when I took her out.

I was so happy to find her! I had looked for a pile of feathers, looked under things that could have trapped her...no luck. I was puzzled why the other birds weren't stress...could a critter/hawk have gotten her? If so, why weren't the other birds stressed? We'll see how she does over the next few days.

Meanwhile, Miss Betty White's eggs should hatch by the weekend. Prudence is now sitting on a clutch of 10 eggs...don't know what I'm going to do with all these chicks!
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Old 08-05-2014, 11:59 PM   #715
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Oh no! Poor Gladys, so glad you found her!
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Old 08-06-2014, 12:05 AM   #716
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I think the other chickens put the bucket over Gladys and that's why no one was saying anything.
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Old 08-06-2014, 12:06 AM   #717
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That was a Loooong game of hide and seek.

Gladys: Tee Hee, she'll never find me.

Day two: Is she looking?

Day three: Stoopie big chicken

Day four: You found me!!!!! Cheater, you looked!
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LOL princess and taxy...

Happy to hear Gladys is OK. I love these chronicles.
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Old 08-06-2014, 12:13 AM   #719
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That was a Loooong game of hide and seek.

Gladys: Tee Hee, she'll never find me.

Day two: Is she looking?

Day three: Stoopie big chicken

Day four: You found me!!!!! Cheater, you looked!
I may be slow at the game, but am sooooo glad I found her. I was frantic--spent a lot of time looking under the wood pile (they like to perch there before they go in for the night), in the high-bush cranberry in case she'd perched there (but she should've come out for the day)...wondered why the Roos kept going in the "littles" coop. Now I know. Note to self: flip over EVERYTHING under which a chick could hide...
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Old 08-06-2014, 12:16 AM   #720
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Oh no! Poor Gladys, so glad you found her!
At first, I thought she was dead...I was so glad to hear her peep and flutter her wings when I picked her up! She got to come in the house to eat and drink before going back out to her flock mates. We'll see how she's doing in the a.m. I've been out three times to check on her...they are getting a bit annoyed with me...they don't appreciate having a flashlight shined in their faces when they are sleeping.
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