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Aug 27, 2009

Chicken Ladies and Their Roosters

You might think a rooster selects his hens and you would be right half the time. But there are some hens that choose their rooster. We have nine hens and three roosters. I know. I know. Everyone says that's too many roosters and they will fight and generally cause trouble. Not so.

Rocky, the oldest rooster and grandfather to one rooster and father to another one, rules the roost as far as the roosters are concerned. But ultimately, Marilyn Monroe, a pretty white hen and Rocky's sweetheart for several years, rules Rocky.

Aug 23, 2009

Chickens Walk Upright on Two Legs

I went out to throw some vegetables scraps to our chickens this morning. I call out "Here Chick, Chick, Chick" and they know something good is coming. This morning they were extra hungry because they ran towards me. Each chicken ran straight towards me and each chicken appeared to have a straight upright body. I could not see the tail feathers and fat little butts since they were directly facing me.

That is when I realized that chickens actually walk like humans do. Straight and tall. It is only when they eat or look for food that they bend over.

Aug 18, 2009

Unable to Take Our Chickenhouse When We Moved

Our little bantams went to roost one quiet summer evening about 3 weeks ago, thinking it was just the end of another day. But we had set out three travel cages behind the door of the chicken house and were just waiting for them all to calming go to roost.

When they did, I went into the chicken house, picked up a rooster as calmly as possible, and started the process of handing the twelve chickens out to Gary, who put each one in a cage for transporting them.

We were very disappointed that we could not take the chicken house Larry and I built from scatch, custom made for those little chickens. It was so perfect down to the five nesting boxes.

Now the chickens live in a tin shed. No windows like their pretty little house before. No hatch door. No nesting boxes. Just one long roost for now.