Chicken Chatter

photo-35Here it is, the new coop. My husband and my Dad worked very hard on this coop, and isn’t it gorgeous? I think that having 11 chickens in the basement had something to do with it. Lots to report on the new girls. First, Violet was getting much bigger than the other girls, and then her comb started growing larger, then the crowing came. Yup, Violet, aka Vinny. We thought about keeping Vinny, why not, help me with protecting the girls, keep them in line, and baby chicks in the future. Well, it was in Vinny’s best interest to be relocated. I found a friend who was looking for a rooster and it worked out perfectly, and I got word that Vinny is enjoying his new home, and I must admit, the girls don’t seem to miss him either. So, 10 hens growing quickly and adapting to their new pad. We have had a couple of visitors too, coyotes. They can come and say hello, but better not think about sticking around.

photo-34Here is my Dad hanging the feeder in the new coop, cozy in there isn’t it?

Not sure if you caught the last issue of South Shore living magazine, but they featured me with my chickens! What a surprise it was when I got the call. I had a wonderful visit with a journalist from the magazine, and told her all about raising chickens. She was lovely, and you know I think I had her almost convinced about getting some chickens herself! Who wouldn’t want farm fresh eggs daily and manure! I was so proud of the girls that day, they looked great for their photo shoot.

The Photographer was amazingly patient too, and I know she loved the chickens too! The journalist also interviewed dear friends of mine, and unfortunately got some horrific news yesterday. Their neighbors dog got into their coop and killed 13 of their 14 chickens, just terrible. They are just devastated, as you can imagine. You know it’s one thing to loose one to a predator, but your neighbors dog and your entire flock! My heart just goes out to them. That’s the thing, you have to be aware at all times what can get into your yard or even the coop. I guess that is part of being a backyard chicken farmer.

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unnamed-2Ok, sorry for the delay, but I have been busy tending to all these chickens. I received my shipment of new chicks on March 5th, the Brockton Post Office called me at 6pm to tell me the Livestock was there. I jumped in the car and raced over there. Unfortunately, when I opened the box, 4 of the chicks did not make the journey. So, I have 11 new chicks under the heat lamp in my basement.

Yes, they are all named, flowers all of them, except for one special chic I name Ida, after my Nana, the most wonderful woman I have ever known. So, here in my basement they will stay until further notice.

Another recent event with the older girls that happened this past week, was that Buttercup was in distress! Yes, I went out to the coop to check on the girls and she was just sitting on the floor, opening her beak multiple times, but nothing was coming out. I picked her up, took her to the water and had her drink, still nothing. I noticed her comb was pinkish/grey and was closing her eye when opening her beak. My goodness, she was not getting the proper air exchange! So, I picked her up, gave her multiple back thrusts and blows, massaged her neck and repeated this multiple times. I then brought her back over to the water and she began to drink on her own. I left her with the girls(I felt terrible leaving but I had an appointment to get to), when I returned about 3 hours later, she was perky, and yes her comb was back to bright red! I must confess, I gave the girls some oyster shells the day before and lettuce greens, so my only thought is that she didn’t properly digest it and something got stuck. Of course when I called my husband and begged him to go home at lunch and check on her, I did get a sigh, but he reassured me that he would and he did. I know deep down inside he too has a love for the girls. Later that day when I went into the coop, there was Buttercup sitting on an egg for me.

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Isn’t this a beautiful chicken? It’s called a Buff Braham, and I ordered 2 of these along with 13 other chickens! Yes, it is that time of year. Decided I needed a few more and a few more different breeds.

My shipment will arrive via the postal service between March 4-6th. I am giddy and can’t wait for their arrival. Hopefully they will all have a safe journey from Ohio, no worries I will let you all know!

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