Saturday, January 31, 2009

Turtle: Brat or Cutesy Kid?

Is that one of the cutest birds you've ever seen or what?!

We have not written much about Turtle but she is
our resident blue egg producer.
The poor kid has layed maybe five eggs so far, all in various
bright shades of turquoise, green and blue.
But she also has another side, a brat side.
You have just settled down to watch the chickens from
a spot which you have verified as poo-free when
you hear one of the new pullets.
"UGH!" Says the pullet. It's Turtle, the not-so-miniature Brat
of the chicken yard! You might want to move before she starts
climbing onto your lap (she has been known to track
mud and things far worse on her friends).
But she's so friendly you might want to hug her!
Just don't let her burrow, okay?
She's the rudest hen we have ever met and the only one
known to dirty her human pals with vomit.
Somehow we always forgive her (maybe because she
IS the most adoring chicken we've ever met).

Sunday, January 25, 2009

A hen's favorite day

Snowneck explores the grass, probably searching for tasty
treats.

Here are the key features in a hen's favorite day;

Weather: Sunny but not hot.

Food: The People come out with bread, fruit and other treats.

Spa treatment: A wonderful dust bath
followed by some lazy preening.

Games: Capture The Pear; an exciting game which
involves chasing whoever has the prize.

The hen finishes her perfect day by blasting herself onto the
roost and pecking her least favorite sister.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Kooshie without a beard?

Adorable Tres, princess or villain?

Dear, sweet Trespassers went unstable a few days ago and removed a
good portion of both Kooshie and Juliana's beards.
We put Tres in a cage and told her that she should find other ways to express her delicate feelings.
She is stable once again but the two coolest chickens around still look very silly.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Farewell, Mouse


Today could easily be the saddest day of our time raising chickens.
We went to visit the hens.
Mouse was in the nesting box, unnaturally cold and still.
We had to dismantle the nesting boxes to remove her.
Mouse was, and is, gone.

How did she die?
Evil, cute Mouse always did have breathing problems---we think she somehow suffocated but who knows?


Now before we go into mourning we would like to tell that our birds were most certainly troubled and disturbed by the sight of stiff, cold Mouse.
So much for emotionless chickens.
This is our first loss and we are very sad

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Mookie and Kooshie's Blog!

You have to visit this new blog written by everyone's favorite pullets!
So far there are three new postings to read----three posts written by excited pullets named Mookie and Kooshie! Visit them at Mookie And Kooshie.

Trust us, you'll love it.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

"...And a Mookie in a thorn tree!"


On the first day of Christmas Kooshie and Mookie both used Amri as a roost.
Amri soon got cold sitting in the chicken yard so she decided to see if anyone would pry her admirers off her in the house.
Unfortunately, the door was sticky and requires a sharp jerk to open.
Both pullets blasted away in complete terror, Kooshie safely in the snow and Mookie into a prickly thorn "tree".
It took a lot of coaxing to get her out but she remained surprisingly calm throughout the adventure. Sweet Mookie hardly got hurt.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Rain!

Back when we lived on vashon, our hens loved playing "Capture the Pear"!
The new year began with rain.
Our chickens did NOT appreciate the "tropical" weather shift---at least the snow was dry!
Juliana resembled a drowned rat.
They'll be happy when spring comes.