Happy Spring! (And a chicken update.)

31 03 2013

After two weekends in a row of spring snow storms we finally had a sunny spring weekend, and I celebrated by letting the pullets out for some sunshine. Pullet is the name for a hen before she begins laying. Tiki, pictured below, is 9 weeks now.

Tiki

They all enjoyed exploring the yard, pecking and scratching in the dirt, and sunning under their wings. After the intrepid explorers had their fill they settled in for a sunny nap, showing off their natural camouflage.

Happy spring from Vindaloo, Korma, Tandoori and Tiki! (Can you find all four?)





The chicks are growing!

5 03 2013

 And boy are they are growing fast!

chicks on 3.1.13

That’s our 7 week old Buff Orphington Korma in the middle. She’s flanked by our two 6 week old Ameraucanas/Eater Eggers, Tandoori on the left and Vindaloo is on the right. Tandoori is normally such a camera-whore I can’t believe she shunned the camera for this shot! We also have a 5 week old Silver Laced Wyadotte, not pictured. They are really showing their individual personalities now! Each one has their own ‘voice’ and I look forward to how they continue to develop.

The 4 of them are getting pretty big for the small cage I’ve set up for their brooder, and I hope weather will permit me to put them out in the coop in about 3 week’s time. Korma could go out sooner, but I don’t want to separate them so I’m waiting for Tiki to fully feather before putting the group outside.

I’ve also discovered treats that they like, and others they couldn’t care less about. Currently, apple and fennel greens are the winners. Freeze dried meal worms (much to my surprise) are the losers.

I have to say, I’ve spent way too much time just watching them go about their daily business – it’s delightfully meditative and entertaining!








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