Flock Reduced

The numbers are down, our flock is less than half it’s size, due to mainly age, illness and the infamous chicken-napping of Daisy, one of our shavers. Even the three remaining birds have been reduced somewhat, by means of someone or something, slicing one of our hens combs, clean off. She’s not been herself since, becoming skitish, and timid. Summer is on it’s way, the temperatures are rising, the flies are back, already caught one of our hens with a dirty behind, habouring maggots in her feathers, warm bath sorted out the problem, making sure to get the mess off the feathers. It would be nice to get some replacements, however, I feel it would disrupt the coop. We are getting two eggs a day, which at present is enough for us, so I think we’ll wait till next season, as by then the two layers will be past their prime laying years.

Girls On Strike

Hi there keepers, we appear to be eggless for the first time in the last 18 months, I nearly considered buying some yesterday, then common sense prevailed. It seems as though Renee, the first to moult, and the only one who had started laying again, has decided to moult again, this is a first for us, and a bit strange as winter is here already, quite cold last night.

I hope the Minorca starts her winter laying soon, as I am missing the eggs, as they have become a constant in my everyday, also not getting my natural omega.  This is also part of being a caring chicken keeper, appreciating the birds for just being, rather than viewing them purely as a source of food or machines that constantly produce eggs.

As we have lost a couple of our flock, due to illness and possibly drunk youths, maybe it’s time in increase the numbers again, which in turn should increase the possibilty of an egg a day, to keep the psychiatrist away.

Ship Shape and Bristol Fashion.

Hi there reader, well as tomorrow I leave for the UK, for 4 weeks, I have been getting everything in order, the feeder is working well, although as it’s outside the coop, it’s feeding half the suburbs sparrow population too, which is a bit disconcerting, I think I should move it into the coop, although it may be a bit cramped, it would stop the possible disease threat from the sparrows and stop them eating the feed too.

The chicken minder came around yesterday, he’s a friend Noel who happens to be Welsh, and has a slight fear of hens, as a boy his mother had 200 hens or more on the allotments, I think the flock all rushing towards him as a boy scared him so much it has stayed with him. Hopefully this much smaller and quieter hens encounter will help him overcome any woes. I assured him that the girls will run away from him, as they do with us, unless you have food in your hands.

This is the longest time we will have been away from the hens, to be honest there is a part of me that is worried for them, but the most part knows they’ll be able to scrounge of the neighbours if  it comes to the worst . So I’ve cleaned out the coop, scrubbed down the decks, stocked up with 40kgs of pellets, everything is, as they used to say, in ship shape , and Bristol fashion.

Finding a Chicken Sitter

Hello keepers, it seems that going away on holiday is going to be harder than it was pre chickens, it’s one thing to ask friends to come over and water your plants while your away for a week or two, however trying to find someone to either live at your house while your away, or come over at least twice a day is alot to ask, no matter how good a friend.

Feeding a cat is a common request from holiday goers, which again isn’t that much of a hardship, cats are so independant, they could look after themselves while you were away, they’d probably just go to the neighbour, as they do that whether your on holiday or not. However looking after a small flock of hens seems to daunt some people.