Monday, December 22, 2008

A Tour of Castle Snow

Juliana is a well known artist.
She holds the paintbrush in her beak.

Mouse's room has a window with a view of the sky.
Her suit of armor is kept on a stand.

Coronation ceremonies take place in the lovely Royal Gardens around Castle Snow.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Nearly Baked Mouse

Our new house and our chickens' new house.

Do not put heat lamps in a HenSpa. Ever.
We used one for the first (and last) time last night and nearly had cooked Mouse on our hands!
Our wonderful new HenSpa has two floors, retractable wheels and special nesting box which rolls eggs out of a curious hen's reach.
If you add a heat lamp it is held less than five inches from the roosts.
Evil Mouse parked herself directly under the heat lamp last night and this morning her feathers were significantly shorter and browner.

We love our hens and our HenSpa, we have stopped using the heat lamp.

Don't worry--everyone is still alive!

[Jane's note: I just want to mention that the HenSpa folk very clearly told us that a heat lamp was a bad idea! We now agree with them!]

Mouse -- with that evil, cute look about her. She is our Stupidest Chicken Of The Year!

Sunday, December 14, 2008

The Green-Egged Ameraucana!

If we had to choose just one breed of chicken to keep, this would be it!
Ameraucanas are smart, colorful birds with fluffy beards that make them look cheerful. They are quite friendly and love to fly up on just about anything
(including their human friends!).

Our Ameraucanas are from Cackle Hatchery.