Hello Egg Lovers. I wanted to tell you about some changes around the Painted Hen.
This summer we had a family of foxes move into the surrounding woods and they've unfortunately killed 10+ of our chickens. We've had to limit their free-ranging time to the point that they now spend most of their time in their large, fenced run.
Because the chickens are spending so much time in their run, I had to sell half of my laying hens to have plenty of space in the run.
So, instead of collecting 3 dozen eggs a day, we're down to 1 dozen a day. As we head into molting season, we know that number will get even lower.
I'm sorry that we may have to stop selling eggs temporarily or permanently depending on how this fall goes. Please give me as much notice as possible before you need eggs so I can save them for you and I may have to limit the number of eggs each customer can have.
Thanks for your understanding.
Saturday, April 28, 2018
Today the weather is so beautiful that I thought it was a good day for a flock update. Here is a rather long video of the flock and coop. Pollo, the chicken kitten, is almost an adult now and still loves spending the day with the chickens.
Rod Steward, the buff laced polish rooster
Stay tuned because next week I'll have an update involving chicks. My Biology class is hatching bantam and standard chicks. We're all waiting with baited breath.
Friday, November 10, 2017
In other baby news..... One of our Cuckoo Marans hens hatched 4 Ancona ducklings (I ordered the fertilized eggs from ebay) and they're doing well and growing quickly. Oh, and ducks are VERY messy! The momma hen has no idea that her babies aren't chickens.
Sunday, October 22, 2017
About 6 weeks ago, a tiny kitten joined our flock. I found her walking with the flock, trying to snuggle with the hens. They didn't want her to snuggle but they didn't mind her hanging out with them.
She sleeps in the coop and stays with the flock all day. She's quite a wild little kitten and I can only touch her when she's eating.
I've named her Pollo, which means "chicken" in Spanish, since she seems to think she's a chicken. She has her own little pen in the coop where she eats and sleeps at night. She shares their water and explores during the day but always stays close to the flock. When the rooster sound their alarm (warning of danger... real or imagined) she runs for cover along with the rest of the flock.
She's such a pretty girl and we've put her in charge of pest control.
Yesterday evening I spent some time with the flock as they foraged. They love kicking the leaves aside and looking for the bugs underneath. There is still plenty of grass to eat but they've eaten almost all of the figs off of the tree at this point.