Sunday, December 20, 2009

Goatucation: Or Should I Say Chickucation

I noticed that there were lots of questions when I updated you all about the chickens on the Farm so I thought I would devote today's Goatucation to answering them - hence Chickucation. I can share. I am a kind goat. I also know I have not been very good about answering my comments but the publicist has not been feeling very well and she has been putting me to bed early so I apologize for that. 




So here goes..

Lin asked: Do you have to leave the lamp on all of the time to keep them warm? The male person keeps the heat lamp on when the temperatures are going to be below freezing. This helps to keep the chickens' water thawed and to help keep the chickens warm. It was especially helpful for them when we had that nasty cold snap when it was below zero. Brrrrr!


Daisy said:  Those are some lucky chickens! I'll bet they lay happy eggs. Well, Daisy, I don't eat eggs myself but I know the publicist likes them very much. They have very bright, yellow yolks and the chickens are VERY free range - they even go and visit the neighbors - so they do live a happy life.

Cici asked: What do your chickens in snow? Our chickens seem to stay in their chicken house when there is snow on the ground. The few that did venture out either ran into one of the goathouses or stayed underneath their chicken house. I can't say that I blame them.


Aunt Vicki asked: Do the chickens make fewer eggs in the cold weather? They did. Instead of the 8 - 10 we usually get we were only getting about 5 - 7 during the cold snap.  They are back to normal now.

Jen asked: Do the eggs freeze? Yes, they will if the publicist or the male person doesn't get to them in time. Or if the chickens lay them somewhere that's a surprise to them. They crack open when they freeze. In the really cold weather the publicist goes out and checks the laying boxes at least once an hour.


Nanny Goats in Panties said: The male person sounds like a keeper to me! This is not a question but it is very true! We goats love the male person. He does lots of nice things for us. I am very happy with him right now - he just cleaned out my goat pen in the barn. Wasn't that nice of him?

I hope you enjoyed this change in Goatucation. If you would like more Chickucation just let me know and I can do some reading up on the feather fiends, erm, friends that share my goat pen.

Tomorrow: Mallory and Luke dance the Argentine Tango!

 

13 comments:

  1. My that was a lot of chicucation for us today!! I did not think about eggs freezing in the weather but it makes sense. And having a clean pen is so nice. I am betting that walking around barefoot in the snow is kind of tough on those chickens too. Good thing for the chicken house. :)

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  2. i want chickens so much but i have really pushed myself to imagine taking care of them. especially in the snow! i hope the publicist feels better soon!

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  3. Hope the publicist feels better soon!

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  4. I know how chickens are treated in factory farms, so I love that your chickens have such a happy life!

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  5. Thanks Pricilla for answering all these questions. I certainly hope the publicist is feeling better soon.

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  6. That was a very interesting Chickutation! Thank you for being such a generous goat and sharing some of the blog with the chickens.

    I hope the publicist feels better by X-mas!

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  7. Very interesting chickucation today! Do the chickens lay eggs at all hours or just in the daytime? We were just wondering if the publicist has to go out every hour all day long when it's cold.

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  8. Oooh, very interesting. How come they don't sit on the eggs to keep them from freezing. (Gees, I'm like a little kid asking question after question. Sorry.) Hope Patty is feeling better SOON!

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  9. That was very informative! I never thought about eggs freezing. I also kind of never thought about them being outside in the freezing... they're lucky to have the male person!

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  10. Julia - the chickens do love their house.

    jaz - the chickens are relatively easy to care for....

    Texan - she's getting there.

    Daisy - our chickens are very happy and very roamy

    Aunt Vicki - she is working on it. She wants to feel better too.

    JD - I am a generous goat. I don't like when the publicist is sick either.

    BeadedTail - The chickens lay pretty much all day long. The publicist finds eggs as late as 4PM.

    Lin - they only sit on their eggs when they get "broody" in the spring and want to hatch them. Otherwise they just abandon them.

    Cute - we are all lucky to have the male person.

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  11. Wow, I never really thought about eggs freezing in the winter or that there are less eggs too. Winter totally bites.

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  12. I have that egg freezing problem too. But most of the time they lay in the water, which keeps them just above freezing.

    The problem then is reaching in the frigid creek to get them. Owww!!!

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  13. Thanks for the goatucataion, Pricilla! And I look forward to the upcoming tango.

    :)

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