Saturday, May 23, 2009

Here Chick, Chick, Chick!

I have had several people ask me about the Farm chickens. They haven't disappeared; they are still living in the basement of the publicist's house. She has been known to mumble things about the chickens getting to live in her house before she does. I am not quite sure what this means. It must be some strange human thing....

But anyway the chickens are growing and growing and growing. They will soon have enough feathers to go outside into their chicken tractors. The male person is going to build them this weekend. I have heard rumors of these chicken tractors coming into our goat pens. I am not sure of what I think about this. I do know that Michael the buck is going to butt the heck out them. I mean, he butts the plywood stack so why wouldn't he butt the chicken tractor?



Right now the publicist says the chicks all look like they have the mange. I am not sure what this mange is but after having seen the chickens I never want to have it! Oooooh are they bad looking. Half down and half feathers. They are scary looking. But if you look closely you can now start to tell the hens from the roosters. The roosters' combs are bigger and spikier than the hens'.





The publicist has also figured out the mystery of the little blue mystery chick! Turns out he is a Blue Andalusian. The male person is happy about this because his tail feathers are good for use in flies for the fly fishing that he likes to do in the spare time he doesn't have. It looks like he is going to be a very pretty rooster.



The chickens are still hard to photograph as they are inside under their warming light. And Mr. Andalusian kept running away from the camera. Hopefully when they get outside the publicist will be able to get some better photos. Not to mention the fact that they will be in full feather instead of this mangy current state. They sure do peep up a storm. I was amazed at how much noise they made. Silly chickens!




I hope you have enjoyed this update on the feathered members of the Farm. Now we just have to keep the felines off of the feathers and we will be fine.....

15 comments:

  1. I'm a city girl but we did watch chickens and ducks hatch at the preschool I worked at. It was so cool. I did not get to see them in their mangy state, I just got to adore them when they were yellow and fluffy.

    Thanks for keeping us updated.

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  2. You bring up a good point Pricilla -- how to keep the cats away from the chickens? I think this could be a huge potential problem. Ruh-Roh

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  3. I am glad I'm not in a mangy state, Pricilla. You goats need to help keep the cats away from the chickens. When chickens are big enough, do they do a good job keeping cats away themselves? If I was a cat, I'd be afraid of them.

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  4. Teenage chickens. Good thing it only lasts weeks instead of years. :)

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  5. the blue chick is awesome! i bet the goats might even try to butt a chicken let alone the chicken tractor! you are right...i should start a museum...groan...too much stuff!

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  6. Hey Priscilla, the chickens will keep alot of creepy bugs off you because they love to eat them!! We raised chicks too but after several years we gave them to my sister-in-law. We still have a hobby farm but it's pared back now. I know that Wild Turkeys and Guinea Fowl get along fine but goats, cats and chickens??? You'll have to let us know. I also know that Canada Geese and Beavers can share the same pond OK. Check it out at belladonnasjoy.blogspot.com it's alot of fun when you have animals. They do the funniest things. Bye for now Priscilla!

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  7. The little chicks look like they are growing up fast!!

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  8. I was wondering what happened to them!! Good to see they are doing well and growing fast!

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  9. I like that blue chicken. Can't wait to see him all grown up.

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  10. Pricilla - I am sure 100 little chickens on your back would feel like half a Kevin!
    They are all beautiful and I am sure they will soon be keeping the flies away from you :)

    ps I have your beautiful photo in my latest treasury, and my other treasury is dedicated to chickens (specifically 11,000 battery hens that will be rescued next month) - links on my shop page.

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  11. i never know where to respond to comments left on my blog. what zone are you in? i am surprised i can grow edamame here. i am 5b. hey, mybe i can't. this is the first time i planted them. i guess i have to wait and see what happens, joyce

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  12. Sheryl - the publicist is a city girl too. That is the irony in this whole tale.

    Aunt Vicki - that is why the male person is building the chicken tractors. To keep the cats and the raptors away from the chickens.

    Margo - I have heard that a chicken especially a rooster could kill a cat.

    Carolyn - heh heh. Never thought of it like that.

    jaz - but it is beautiful stuff! Goats just like to butt. It is a blessing and a curse!

    Belladonnasjoy - we are crazy here. That is all I can offer....

    SL - too fast I think. They are outgrowing their brooder more quickly than the male person can build their tractors!

    Lin - I should have done an update sooner but the kid has kept me uh, hopping ;)

    Da Old Man - the publicist has gotten rather partial to him too. Maybe we will name him after you. Heh heh.

    Annette - thank you so much for including me. I hope the chickens eat the annoying grasshoppers. I don't like them at all!

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  13. Those chickens are maaaa-velous.
    Can't wait to see them grown up.
    Have a great weekend!

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  14. Cute - Thank you. I think they will be cuter when they get past the mange.

    Sue - heh heh. They are growing fast!

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