Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Great Chicken Books

I love reading a good chicken novel. Here are some of my favorites (gold stars mean fabulous, silver stars mean pretty good):

The Hoboken Chicken Emergency
By Daniel Pinkwater
Arthur Bobowicz has to get the Thanksgiving turkey...but there isn't a single one in the whole town! So instead he comes home with a 200 pound chicken who he wants to keep as a pet.


Funny Frank
By Dick King-Smith
Frank is a chicken. He wants to be a duck. How will he do it? You'll just have to read the book, won't you?! The only bad part is the end which is a little bit dumb.


The Fox Busters
By Dick King-Smith
Probably the best chicken story of them all! Rather violent and a bit grim, this is a great book for older readers. The birds in this story are not ordinary fat barnyard fowl, they are intelligent chickens capable of flying and reading!
I love this book.


The Adventures of Gertrude McCluck, Chicken in Charge
By Cyndi Gernhart
There are several Gertrude mysteries. The main character is a Buff Orpington! She solves many mysteries such as: The Missing Eggs, The Great Crate Mystery and The Yellow-Eyed Pond Monster.
The style of these books is similar to Hank The Cowdog but Gertrude is smart, unlike Hank.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Goodbye, cockerels

Today the cockerels met their fate. Knight, Gold and Black are no more. Hopefully there is an afterlife for nice (but rather dumb) cockerels. Here are their gravestones:

Black
August 6, 2009-September 27, 2009
I loved you, Black


Gold
August 6, 2009-September 27, 2009
You were cute and funny


Knight
August 6, 2009-September 27, 2009
Handsome hero

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Too scary!

"Bok-bok-bok-B'GACK!"
Lady Sandstorm is broody, she doesn't b'gack unless something is wrong! We went out to check on her. Egglantine was out! When she saw me, Egglantine ran for the nearest cover...under the Eglu.

Poor Lady Sandstorm was running back and forth in the run, calling for her baby. I let her out and she clucked frantically. But Eggie would not come out! Finally we got Eggie out by lifting the Eglu up and grabbing him/her. Lady Sandstorm was very happy!

Friday, September 25, 2009

The kids...growing up.

Chipmunk is becoming quite the beauty! Here she is:


And Yellow:


Here is the new double roost setup:


Amazing how little they were:


It's really fun to see how big they are now!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

The latest blog news

I have twelve followers (I am guessing there are a few other subscribers, too) so I wanted to celebrate! Blogger is giving us lots of new features for their tenth birthday so I thought I would give my followers (and other readers) a small present. The Queen Snowneck Award!



You can put it on your blog if you want. If you don't feel like it, I really don't mind.

News of the flock:
Lord Firestar thinks I am a hen so he is getting a little training. I am holding him firmly and teaching him that I am King Rooster of the flock. Hopefully he will get the message!
Lady Sandstorm is taking good care of Egglantine. She attacks my poop shovel when I dig out the droppings from their bedding. Egglantine usually has a tantrum.
The kids have a new roost! I am not sure if they like it!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Adventures in the great outdoors

Lady Sandstorm and her chick are now leaving the Eglu a bit! Egglantine has lots of tantrums when they go out. Oh, and Eggie can fit though the wire of the run. Whee. So we had to lock them up while we drove about looking at chickens.

Our first stop was a nice little feed store where we saw some cute chicks. We were very tempted. Fortunately, we made it out without aquiring any new flock members.
Then we visited a little chicken yard in the middle of nowhere. There were a few goats. And a cute Barred Cochin rooster.
After that, we visited a tourist type of farm. There were lots of birds~from pigeons to geese~but some of them had problems. A few had scaley leg mite, one had bumblefoot.... But the guineas were funny and we saw this HUGE rooster! Oh My God, he was the biggest chicken I have ever seen!

Then we came home. That trip was actually pretty boring so I left out the non-chicken parts. You really don't want to know how many people I saw. Boring stuff.
From Plain Old Chickens

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Return of a blog!

Mookie and Kooshie has been out of action since May. I finally allowed Chipmunk and Yellow to start writing. Here is their first post together. Once the original authors start writing again, it will be one busy blog! I am thinking about letting Lady Sandstorm write on Yikes Says after she finishes brooding her chick.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Mother hen

I have a movie of her! Here is Lady Sandstorm watching over Egglantine, very cute.
video

Friday, September 18, 2009

Lady Sandstorm hatched her egg!


She did! We never expected it to happen! The chick is yellowish so maybe it is a pullet! Lady Sandstorm did it! We just named it Egglantine!

We didn't want a crowing competition!

But we got one! Lord Firestar is bellowing so Knight is squeaking his little head off! At least the other cockerels have not started crowing yet. Oh well, yesterday we met someone who knew someone who might be interested in our cockerels. You never know, it might even happen!
Chipmunk is very intelligent and she loves to fly up. We were worried that she might be another boy. Nope, she's a pullet! Yay!
Lady Sandstorm is still sitting. I think this is the 21st day... No sign of a chick yet. She will be so sad if the egg doesn't hatch.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Sqeak-a-squeak-a-squeak!

Knight is trying to crow. Stop it, Knight! It still sounds extremely pathetic...for now. I wish he would wait. Soon we will have to kill them and crowing is making that day sooner. Dumb cockerel.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Real weather at last!


This picture is nice and wet.

It rained! I am so excited! Sunny days are nice in small doses but three months of sunshine and "fresh air" can really start to drive you crazy. Nothing like the sound of rain to make you feel happy, I say.
That is why I liked our old house. A nice, big field, plenty of room for chickens, and a healthy rainy season. Yes, I did get tired of the rain after a while. Still, sometimes it was warm and wet which was fun. Floating "boats" down the rivers in a field is a great way to entertain yourself.

Friday, September 11, 2009

ChickenTales Adventures








Chipmunk is flying up on Yellow a lot. Poor Yellow! She really does not like it.

Here is an FAQ:

One of the most common questions I get is, "what would happen if you put Lord Firestar and Lady Sandstorm in with the chicks?"

The person who asks is often shocked by the answer, "they would probably start killing the chicks."

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Three cockerels


It looks like the egg is still developing! Unfortunately, we have discovered that Black, Gold and Knight are definitely roosters. That means we need to sell them or kill them soon. My dad had some...unique suggestions for how to kill them which I would prefer to leave unwritten. I put an ad in Backyard Chickens (Chicks and Chickens-buy sell trade) but no real responses yet.

I have a bit of good news, too. I now have pictures which are inspiring enough to make into a ChickenTales adventure!

Monday, September 7, 2009

Can she do it?

Can Lady Sandstorm hatch her egg? I am really doubting it! She likes her snack and spa breaks too much! Poor hen. She runs about clucking all the time.
Lord Firestar is sitting on my lap while I type. He is so worried because his crazy kids are bouncing off the walls!

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Crazy birds!


The Seramas are very funny! Here is what happened this time:
I was sitting with Lady Sandstorm on my arm when Lord Firestar decided he really wanted to mate with her. He flew up. She flew down, clucking. He followed. She ran. He ran. Then Lady Sandstorm flew up on the clothes rack. Lord Firestar followed. Lady Sandstorm flew down but I guess Lord Firestar was scared so he just perched there until I rescued him. Poor Lord, sometimes he acts really dumb.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

News and ChickenTales episode 3









Lady Sandstorm is still plopped on her egg. Lord Firestar is still sad about his wife. The chicks are excited and scared because we moved them into a big cage with a roost! They will perch... but only if you set them on the roost. They like having more room to bounce off the walls and act silly.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

ChickenTales episode 2







Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Big, BIG chicks!

Here is a chick update! They have grown so much. It will be fun to see if I was right about which were girls!

Gold: Today I weighed her. She weighed an enormous 2.8 ounces! We think she will be a girl.

Chipmunk: Very pretty and stylish, the best flyer of the kids. I think flying ability may be linked with the green leg gene.

Yellow: Nice colors but he looks like a little rooster, too bad.

Help: Help is quite healthy and vigorous. Probably a hen.

Black: He/she is very nice looking.

Knight: Sadly, he looks like a rooster. Oh well, we can probably find the boys a good home.