Wednesday, February 4

Two's Company, Three's a Crowd

This is a look inside the chicken coop. In the bottom left hand corner, there are two chickens, Mean Nelly, and Dharma, these ladies at the young age of 8 months, have decided they want nothing more than to lay on and "protect" all the eggs. There is another chicken roosting on the edge of the very same brooder box (notice she doesn't even dare to look at them) LOL let alone try to enter their territory. It was cold yesterday, but their coop needed to be cleaned in the worst way, I spent most of the day cleaning that out. For all you chicken owners out there, do you wear a mask of any kind when you clean your coops? I was just wondering, due to reading that bird poo carries a disease called histoplasmosis. Being rambunctious, I also made more brooder boxes, well, I divided the ones that were there by cutting pieces of plywood for dividers between them. Hopefully, this will give the hens an escape from the roosters!




Perfect shot, of a hen decending off the perch probably coming to peck on my snowy boots. I wonder, if I'll have to wear my carhart coveralls to the coop in the summer, these hens, mean business. Hubby was saying, while he collected the eggs a few days ago one of the hens grabbed the skin on his hand and held on. OUCH! I can picture going in this coop with my shorts on...

Just so ya know, I am "longing " for days like this, today we are at a high of 9* F . The three beauties are our old flock, they stay seperate from the new chickens. In the lead you will see Mr. Roo he is 5 years old (well, they all are) and behind him is Dottie, then behind her, is Shenae' nae (my daughter named that one) these three are as tame as can be. They live in the stable area of the barn, have the company of the horses. During stall cleanings they will follow me in the stall and scratch at the shavings on the floor. The black hen, actually, lays her eggs in one of the horses feeders amungst other areas within the barn. For example; in the way back corner of any stall, in a cat carrier, that is stored in there, sometimes, I will find one laying in the hay just below her roosting area. Must be the days she decides to sleep in! I don't know about you, however, if laying an egg is anything like giving birth, I'm not sure I could sleep while doing so!!!

Well, I better "try" to get some things done in our living quarters.

10 comments:

Berte said...

I just love your chicken stories. And I love the names of your chickens. I initially ordered 24 chicks thinking that some wouldn't make it..well, these little darlin's are all alive and well. It's funny the different personalities of chickens. I can sit and watch them for hours. I've not had to resort to a mask for cleaning out their house but it might come to that in the summer heat.

scrappy quilter said...

Love seeing those pictures. Wish we could have chickens. Alas, our town doesn't allow it. Those names are great!!

BittersweetPunkin said...

Love the photos....I'd like to have chickens of my own someday. We had some growing up and my Sis has some....I think they are neat!

Vickie said...

Love the pictures! Ya know a mask wouldn't hurt better safe than sorry. Love Ya Cuz :)

Gail said...

Wonderful pics. The green grass makes me long for spring.

Mel said...

The chickens all thank you for your sweet comments!

It's going to be a very cold night here news said -20* F for the low. Friday is promising double digits, oh boy, I can hardly wait! Some of you that live down south, blow some of that warm air our way, would ya?

Good night all...
Mel

Farm Chick Paula said...

I just love hearing about your feathered friends, Mel!
It sounds like the other hens are broody... maybe that will pass before you go into the coop with short on! LOL

Yes, I do wear a mask or bandana or something over my face if I'm cleaning out the coops... a couple of years ago, I cleaned out a coop and didn't have anything over my face... a few days later I had this awful cough that I kept for three or four months! It really scared me, so now I don't clean out the coops without protection!

Farm Chick Paula said...

Me again... I forgot to tell you that those of us down south aren't having warm weather right now either!
It was 9 here last night and the high today is 28... but will be 60 here by Sunday! (Can't wait!!)

Kathleen from Eggs In My Pocket and Yesteryear Embroideries said...

Hi Mel, I love your chicken coop! You have it arranged so well. I don't use a mask when I clean my hen house....maybe I should, but I haven't gotten sick yet!{: Just love seeing your chickens. Blessings,Kathleen

Mel said...

Have I told you all lately, how much, "I love receiving your comments" Thanks for coming over!

Thanks, for sharing your input on masks or no masks, and the pat on the back, for our classy chicken coop.

You guys are great!
Mel