Category Archives: chickens

Today’s harvest and one of the sad realities of having animals

Today’s harvest included some tomatoes, nasturtium flowers, a Rond de Nice heirloom zucchini and one egg.

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However, I may not be getting many eggs for a bit. Depends on how traumatized my girls were early this morning when a raccoon attacked them. Two dead hens and five who are fortunately not injured but acting shell-shocked.

I think what bothers me most is the fact that raccoons don’t seem to even eat them. They just tear them up. I’m going to be picking up feathers for days.
Also, time to rethink how they will be housed. We live in a small university city of about 64,000 people but still have lots of wild life….the raccoons live in the sewers. They’ve just never been an issue because we always had Abby, our Golden Retriever, in the backyard to protect them.

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And protect them she did. She was a force to be reckoned with when it came to her chickens. Unfortunately, three weeks ago we had to have her put to sleep because she had cancer. And now the coons think they can do what they want.
I don’t think so.

Today’s Harvest

Some chili’s, cilantro, bell pepper, chives, green onion and tomato….looks like salsa is in order. Only three eggs so far. I think the heat is slowing things down for my girls a bit.

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Edited to add a picture of what’s left of the salsa. Turned out pretty spicy…my chili’s are hot this year!
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Byes Bye Flies(Pinterest find)

When you have these…

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You are likely to have these…

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I found a fly trap and a fly deterrent on Pinterest

The fly deterrent was basically a Ziploc bag half filled with water and a couple of pennies in the bottom. That has been hanging in my garage for about two weeks. Can I give it a big fail? The flies are pretty much just flying around it. I’m really disappointed because it got such good reviews. Maybe I’m doing something wrong. Maybe I need more of them?

The second one was a fly trap made with a plastic soda bottle with bait in the bottom. The first webpage I found said to use apple cider vinegar for bait.

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That pretty much sat outside for 2 days and didn’t catch a single fly. The second website with a trap like this said to use a stinky bait so I’m throwing in a piece of meat that will hopefully attract them. We’ll see what happens.

Buried Chicken

My youngest son was digging up the compost pile so I could start using it and our chicken friends decided to help him.

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This is just the beginning of the pile.

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I can’t wait to put some of this wonderful stuff in my garden. We went in side for a bit and came out to find this. Notice the red comb at the bottom of the pile?

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Buried chicken!

New Family Members

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I picked up two chicks today who will visit my classroom for a couple of weeks, then come home to live with my other two hens. Cute, huh?