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Baked Chicken of the Wrong Kind

Hey there, just want to remind all chicken keepers to watch out for your flock during high heat.  I almost lost Sabrina yesterday.

Some ideas for keeping your birds cool and hydrated:

  • Chilled water
  • Crushed ice
  • Watermelon
  • Cucumber

Make sure their water is in the shade or they may not go drink it.  Mine won’t.

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Profitable & Patriotic: Backyard Poultry Raising

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Hey, Remember Me?

Hey there everybody!  I have not posted in a very long time.  There are plenty of reasons why, but let’s just say I have a Life and it has been demanding Attention.

A nearly spent bee balm blossom.

As for new developments around here, Chunky has gone to freezer camp.  It was a hard decision, but it was the right one.  The girls are bald from all the “attention”.  No, I didn’t do it myself, an experienced friend took him away in a box and brought him back in a bag.  I haven’t seen it yet, since I’m not sure how I’d handle it, but curiosity may override my squeamishness.

The little chickens turned 3 months old on the 18th.  The original crew turns a year old on the 27th and they’ll have been here a year on the 29th.

The young’uns.

Our garden got started on June 23rd.  I’m looking forward to pole beans, summer squash, cucumbers, tomatoes, basil, and whatever beets the rabbits don’t get.

Our sort-of Back to Eden garden.

I’m not abandoning Madame Agrarian, I just can’t say how frequently I’ll post.  Thanks for hanging in there!

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Why??

Why, when there are six nest boxes to choose from, do things like this happen?

Getting a little crowded in here.

(This photo was not staged or edited at all.)

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A Month in Pictures

Honeybun and the chicks out for a stroll on April 25th.

Growin’ like a weed.

I have no idea what kind of flowers these are but they’re lovely anyway.

Our new comfrey plant in bloom.

Pretty sure these two are roosters.

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Now Presenting: The Chicks!

All seven chicks hatched by 7:00pm yesterday!  We have one Black Australorp, three Buff Orpingtons, and three mixes.

I’d read that once you hear the chicks peeping in their shells, they’ll hatch within 24 hours.  I went to check and see if I could hear them, and I could!  Out of curiosity, I lifted Honeybun up to see if they’d pipped.  There was a little black chick flopping around under her!

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A Buff Orpington chick just before it broke free.

One of the chicks hatched in my hand.  So precious.

On Saturday they moved to their broody coop.  Honeybun is glad to have grass to scratch in.

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This photo was staged, but it's still adorable.

  The chicks are dry and fluffy, and the little family is in their new coop.  It’s all good.

This post was linked to the Homestead Barn Hop!

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Hatching on Day 20!

We have a chick!  I can hardly wait til it’s dry and fuzzy so I can hold it!

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The First Chick

Check back later for updates.

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