Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Chicken Update

Spring has brought with it a rash of hawk sightings in our neighborhood and even a story on the radio this morning about a person who was attacked by a Cooper's Hawk. The answer is apparently to walk around carrying a purple umbrella.

But our birds are, so far, safe and sound. Between the three of them we're getting two or three eggs a day. For the last two days, one of our hens (they're all Barred Rocks) has been laying slightly smaller, lighter colored eggs complete with a few bumps. I think the bumps are what some folks claim comes from excess calcium in the hen's diet. We do have some oyster shells out for them to eat as a "free choice" though to be honest they really don't seem to eat much of it.

Between the rain and our recent vacation, the hens didn't get much time out in the yard but this last weekend we had them out there while we ran the irrigation in our new veggie boxes and they took some epic dust/sun baths. No pics, unfortunately.

Several months ago one of the hens decided she would rather sleep in the nesting box. We've tried putting her back up on the roost at night, but she's fairly stubborn about it. We did notice, though, upon returning from our vacation that the hen will choose the roost if the nest has a few eggs in it. Our chicken sitters left the eggs in the box the day we were due to return home and when we finally got home that night and went out to check on the flock, there she was, up on the roost.

This week we should finally get all of our seedlings into the boxes! Can't wait!

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