Thursday, February 10, 2011

Chicken Status

Our hens are laying again! All but one took a long winter's break. One hen, Coconut, a Cornish white hen, was a faithful layer, at least every other day. Gabe and Lydia collected a dozen over the course of the week, protecting them from consumption until the carton was full. We ate four this morn! Wonderful to receive these golden gifts of nourishment.
The flock is free-ranging under the protection of Gabe and Lydia and the "eagle" stick. See those masked guardians? You might also observe, if looking real hard, the yellow insulators on the fence posts. Saturday, Marshal and Gabe spent the day putting up solar electric wire around the perimeter of the property. We had the cattle walk over the fence the Sunday before and graze the septic mound.
Silky-Doo! Grandma brought Gabe's rooster two weeks ago! He is so happy to have his own hens to crow over. He seems quite content, and his cockle-doodle-doo is getting more grand.

Coconut, Caramel, Salt and Pepper, Connie, and Turkle in the foreground. (Turkle is a special breed, called Turken.) Turk-Turk and Licorice are on the nest boxes in the hen house!

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