If you haven’t seen Disney’s “Moana”, I truly recommend it. It’s a fun story about courage and self discovery. Plus Moana, the main character, has an amazing side-kick named “Hei Hei.” Hei Hei means “chicken” in the Mauri language – which, if you’re a fan, you probably already know. The movie portrays him as an idiot – basically; a supposed symbol of the islanders. I don’t know if I buy that, but he is portrayed as doing some really stupid chicken stuff. I’m here to tell you that I have seen most of his silliness play out here on the farm. Currently, we have one chicken that actually has a Hei Hei eye. We’ve been calling her Pirate Chicken.Continue reading
We have new chickie babies…. but not the kind you see here. We had one Buff Orpington that refused to leave a nest, so we shut her in the brooder and made sure she had food and water. Some days later, we were putting the banty hen, that had been injured by the bob cat, in the other half of the duplex and we heard all this peeping! Sure enough. Four little chicks had hatched. So cute.Continue reading
So… we had a Bobcat try to get at the pond banties Saturday morning. Huh. We don’t see that every day. THANKFULLY!
Sue heard a ruckus about 5:00 a.m. Saturday and went to investigate. She took her flashlight and saw a bob cat in the light working really hard to get into the bottom of the pond banties’ little coop. Sue said it wasn’t bothered at all by being in the limelight. She had to throw rocks at him to get him to move! Finally he jumped the fence.
We thought everyone got away ok, but we found that one of the little chickens must have gotten hooked by a claw. There was quite a bit of blood on one of them. Later the others started to pick on her, so we moved her to the ER brooder. She’s doing ok today.
Sue was concerned that one of the reason the Bob Cat felt emboldened was because we had let the millet grow all monsoon, thinking that the chickens would really like them when they went to seed. The photo at right shows a couple of the plants. The entire enclosure was covered. So, we grabbed a couple of shovels, a weed whacker, and some gloves.
By the end of the afternoon, we had an open area around the coop. Plus we uprooted the fence and stretched it out nice and tight, also making the fence taller and – hopefully – a bit more difficult to jump over.
So far it has worked – for one day. We hope that’s a good sign. Never a dull moment. I’ll being working on getting you updated on the happenings for the last few weeks. That’ll be for another night. Until then, as always~
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Over the last six months, we have been struggling with the decision to raise our egg prices; hoping that things would settle down after the COVID madness was over. It seems that this will not be happening any time soon. During the last year and a half we have seen Organic Layer Food, Organic Scratch, and Organic Fresh Vegetables continue to rise in price. This, coupled with the fact that gas has gone up quite a bit too, (in my egg delivery travels I rack up approximately 60 miles – or more if I make special deliveries – each week) has prompted us to begin the difficult task of informing our customers that we are raising our prices.Continue reading
So many times, when it’s been a long while since I’ve posted a blog, it is because I just don’t know what to write. There’s only so many times you can say, it’s windy, we fed the chickens, Sue pulled tons of weeds, etc. So I’m trying something that has been suggested in many circles. Put your butt in a chair and just write. So here we are, sitting and writing. No preconceived thoughts or a theme for the post. I do have some photos, so I guess we’ll just start there.Continue reading
Well, maybe not technically random. If you were in my brain right now you’d see why I’d consider the thoughts random. I suppose I consider them random because they just bubble to the top. Brain is rather spacey lately.Continue reading
There are a lot of “too’s” in our life right now. Too hot! Too muggy. Too dry. We’ve been hunkering down and not doing too much. We’re butchering the remaining chickens on Saturday so we’re really hoping that the temps come down a bit more. That’s about all I have to say today. I’m sure we’ll be able to bring you up to date later. Just wanted to leave something for today. Until then, as always~
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