Luhu's Adventures

This Year

I think I can no longer consider the chicks, chicks now that someone is laying. As tiny as the eggs are their still eggs. So as an act of official ,part of the coop ,chickens I’m going to reintroduce all of the chickens. This is also to clear any confusion about who’s who.

Starting with the 2012 chickens

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This is Didi, she is the last white chicken. Didi has had a ruff year trying to prove herself better than Nina.

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Nina is the leader of the gang. She lays the biggest eggs ,but ,because of that she has very misshaped eggs.Nina has very orange feathers.

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Gracie is the very quite, she always seem to be in lala land.She has beautiful white speckles all over.

Now to the 2013 CHICKENS (I’m never gonna get used to that)

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This is Hermia ,she has a unique feature ,she has a single comb instead of a rose comb. She Is the sweetest, so far and she’s the bravest up against the big chickens.

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This is Schmidt. She was named after Sophie Schmidt of Sky Blue and the Canadian national team (woman’s soccer). Schmidt is the shyest chicken but since we got rid of Hercules her shyness is melting away.

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Lastly, this is Muffy. She is absolutely gorgeous. Besides from the rose comb and feathers she has a flurry of white feathers overlapping on her chest.

So welcome the 2013 CHICKENS to the coop.

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Chicks first egg!!

One if the chicks laid an egg today!!! We’re so exited that the girls are gonna start laying!! Its to bad that we’re getting rid of Hercules and Girlfriend today. It would be a shame if she is the one laying.

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I also want to add that we lost Daphne to the coyote. I now have the chickens locked up 24/7. We’re planing on building a run. I kind of blame Hercules for not doing his job and protecting our chicks. But it’s my fault for not being more protective of the girls when we lost Sandy.

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R.I.P Sandy

We lost Sandy to a coyote this week.

Sandy was my favorite chicken. She wasn’t our best layer or high in the pecking order. But I still loved her. She had the most human personality out of all and a sweet temperament to go along. She would follow Mom and Me around the yard as we weeded. And always begged for cuddles and didn’t protest against annoying cousins chasing her.

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R.I.P Sandy,
Forever in our hearts
Forever in mine

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No more mister nice guy

A few weeks ago we brought Hercules and his girlfriend daphne to a friends house hoping she would take him off our hands. Sadly Hercules lived up to his name. This friend had a small polish rooster names Mardi Gras.

When the two met we expected Hercules to back down and bow to Mardi. But Hercules (who was already bigger than Mardi ) started a full out fight . The owner then said that she could not take our rooster if he was going to beat up poor Mardi Gras.

I then decide to separate Hercules from the other girls. But, wall I was at a sleepover someone let him back in with the girls. When I went to get him back in his own cage he attacked me.

Everyone is telling me to kill him and possibly eat him. We’ve even had an offer from a friend (who ended up with 4 roosters ) to switch our roosters and do the dirty work for each other. As much as I hate Hercules I still want the best for him.

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Not a boy!!

As you know we now have six baby Laced Wyandottes, who are now living in the garage because they’re getting huge. Well one of the chicks. Hermia. has a very large tail and a single comb and for a Wyandotte that is a sure sign of being a boy. We’ll see if he starts crowing before we kick him out.

Hermia

Hermia

Muffy

Muffy

toshico 2013

Toshiko

Sophie

Sophie (our only Golden Laced Wyandotte)

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Smells Like Wet Dogs

I rained buckets yesterday. By the time I put the chickens in they were soaked to the bone. So, as I usually do , I towel dried them so they didn’t freeze to death (my mom says im the only one in the world that would ever do this). One by one I dried them. Nina tolerated it,Gracie tried to get away and Didi sang to me happily.

But for some reason, while I was drying the others, Sandy started crying very loud like she was calling to them. I dried her and she almost fell asleep in my arm,but, after she kept crying and then went over to the nesting boxes and laid and egg! And that actually tells us that she is the bottom of the pecking order because the others don’t let her lay her egg in the morning!

 

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Raising Backyard Chickens

Owning pet Chickens 4h presetation

I hope you enjoyed the presentation.

Normally I would be talking along with the slides but I just want you to have the basic idea.

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Blue Jay No No NOOOOO!!!

So yesterday when I let the chickens out, it was normal. But when my mom was gardening she saw them under the bird feeder. A little while later a Blue Jay came to the ground and  started to eat some seed. As soon as the chickens saw him they  ran after him like knights in a jousting competition . Because their were four of them a one blue jay the chickens won.

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getting ready for winter.

So I’ve  decided to name this week time to get ready for winter week. Because up here in NY we have no idea when the snow will come and how hard it will come. So yesterday I started with cleaning the coop. I did the regular throw away the bedding and the nesting boxes. Then, I scraped up the poop dried up at the bottom and struggled to clean the corners. After, I started sweeping away the dust, and because of the dust I ended here writing with a sore throat. Then, I sprayed for mites (my own salt and pepper recipe). Next I cleaned out the food and water with dish soap and water. following that, I re-bedded the coop. Finally, I refilled the, now dry, feeder and water and put the chickens to bed. Later I remembered I had no food today!!! And I hope sometime this week we can move the coop without another disaster.

the disaster early this summer when i tried to move the 700 pound coop by myself

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picture catchup

so I haven’t been posting many photos because their all on my moms phone. But today I e-mailed them to myself and will post them here alot are out of date but I felt like you might want to see them.

when we first go the chickens i would take them out on top of their cage, grab a book and read with my feet up one the screen. they started to sit on my feet

the chickens first weeks outside. they clung to any human they saw. They still do.

the chicken coop in work.

first time trying to move the coop and i almost got squshed

estar a few days before the attack

the black bear that came into our yard.

Nina a few days ago

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