Tag: chickens

Can You Spot the Chicken?

in this photo?

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How about now?

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Yep. She’s hiding out under the deck.

I’m happy to see her, as I kind of assumed she was nabbed by an eagle about 3 weeks ago.

But I’m also worried about the spot she’s chosen to raise her babies.
There is no nesting material down there except some landscape cloth, and it’s far away from food.

I’d put some food out nearby, but I worry that it might attract rodents.

I’m thinking of possibly moving her, but I don’t have any experience with this. I imagine I should wait until all the viable eggs are hatched out?

There are still eggs beneath her, but I also heard peeping, so at least one chick is hatched.

Suggestions welcome.

Think Like a Chicken

Chickens are not known for their smarts.

But they can be fairly independent-minded and sneaky.
The new crop are pretty much fulltime “yard chickens” now, though they do go back to the shed at night.

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(Stumpy the rooster is hiding in the shadows under the rhody)

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There are probably 8-9 girls who should be laying regularly right now, and I’m only finding 3-4 eggs a day.
So it seems clear that some of these crafty girls are hiding eggs.

I’ve been hunting around, but there are countless places on our property that they could be tucked away.

Also, one of the new Speckled Sussex girls is currently unaccounted for.
It could be that she has fallen prey to some wild critter, but I haven’t seen any evidence of an attack (usually there would be feathers, or some other sign of a struggle).

I can’t help but wonder if the is hunkered down somewhere out of sight sitting on all those missing eggs.
I guess only time will tell.
Until then, I will continue to try and think like a chicken, and hope that it lead me to their secret stash.

And though it seems at times that chickens have overrun the wool blog, I am still actively engaged in “wool work”.
In fact, I finally got the rest of this years’ Frank/Felix fleece washed up today-

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But I’ve been mostly focused on working up some new hats for the Bow Little Market Fiber Day, which is coming up fast!

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If you’re in the area on the afternoon of Thursday the 18th, please stop by and say “hey”.
I’ll be there with knits, yarn, and carded fiber.

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Hay Day!

The hay is here!

Lovely 2nd cut local grass hay, stacked in the sheep shed.
And that makes me so happy 🙂

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of course, the chickens think it is for them (think jungle gym)

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Crazy chickens.

Oh- also wanted to mention that I’m planning to participate in the Bow Little Market Fiber Day on August 18.
I’m a little better organized this year, and even have a sign!

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Should be lots of fun. I’ll have hats, yarn, and fiber- and a bit of a knitalong thing going!

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So if you’re in the area, please stop by and say hi, and maybe knit a few rows-

Crow Away!

You might remember that I lost a baby chicken (maybe 8-9 weeks old) to a pair of ravens back in late April.

That wasn’t the first incident.

We lost two hens out in the pasture to raven attacks last year.

From what I’ve read online, it seems like it’s not terribly common for ravens to attack full-grown chickens, but the pair that we had hanging around were really aggressive and persistent.

And of course it’s illegal to harm them.

So, we had to try and outsmart them.

And as it turns out, Peter and the Crow Away team in Australia have done just that!

Note: This might read like a paid advertisement, but it is not. I’m just a very satisfied customer. 🙂

Crow Away is a soundtrack, about an hour long, that is apparently very unnerving to corvids (crows, ravens).
You can purchase have the product online, download the audio file, and have it up and running in minutes.
We loaded it onto an old mp3 player and set it to play continuously through some old computer speakers set up in our garden shed.

And the Ravens went away.
Seriously.
I was very skeptical at first. I watched carefully for the first few days and kept my little chickens cooped.
When I finally let them back out, I thought perhaps the prospect of baby chicken for dinner might bring them right back.
But it didn’t.

They are still in the area. But they aren’t hanging around our property anymore.
And I’m calling that a victory.

So I just wanted to share this info in case there are other folks out there struggling with Ravens and crows attacking their chickens and or stealing eggs. It’s not something you can do just once, or occasionally. I’ve found that if the soundtrack stops, the ravens return pretty quickly.

But it’s been working great for us for about two months now, and I’m still kind of amazed.