Yes, It Has Been A While.

I’ve been away from my blog, lets see if this dinosaur can remember how to post.  This post will try to fill in what has been happening in my back yard these past many months.

I did something for Thanksgiving, that I haven’t done since my Ladies started laying eggs.  I BOUGHT EGGS at the supermarket.  After laying over 3,000 eggs my hens have cut way back on the number of eggs they are producing. Partly because they are getting older, it is getting colder, some are molting and the loss of Miny. Some days I’d get 1 or 2 eggs but most days I wouldn’t get any. My wife and I said from the beginning that the chickens were pets and we would keep and care for them even when they stopped laying eggs.  So we buy eggs.  I’ve forgotten how pale and tasteless the store bought eggs are.

Shortly after Miny went to that big farm in the sky, my son asked me if we would take in his girlfriends last chicken.  They had a pair of chickens for quite a while but only one returned to their coop after free-ranging one day. I said yes but if she didn’t integrate nicely he would get her back.  I had the “cottage” set up for Miny still, so Holly was put in there. She was separated from the other chickens by a wire fence.  They still tried to attack each other thru this fence. With colder nights coming we really needed to get Holly into the coop. So after a couple of weeks with the fence between them we started letting them out in the yard together. Holly was chased and pecked at a lot by all of the ladies.  She learned to keep her distance. This got better as time went by and one cold night Lil and I just put her in the coop with everybody else. They have worked out the pecking order, Holly is at the bottom. Mini is happy not to be at the bottom anymore. Actually she goes after Holly more than the rest. This is a bit comical because Holly is twice the size of Mini. When we first got Holly she was molting and not looking her best. She is now fully feathered and quite a good looking lady.   All of our chickens are fully feathered this winter GOOD THING because this has been quite a winter.  My son didn’t think Holly was laying eggs anymore when we got her. But  earlier this month (March) she started to lay eggs.  I can tell they are Holly eggs because they are a very light color, my flock all lay brown eggs.  Holly being the largest hen lays the smallest egg, go figure. With spring trying to get here and the days getting longer the ladies are producing more eggs and we haven’t had to buy any recently.  Now some pictures. Clicking on them makes them larger.

Holly

Holly, 12/29/15

Holly when she first arrived, molting.

Holly when she first arrived, molting. 10/21/15

I’m about 25 miles west of Boston MA.  We have had a lot of snow and very cold temperatures for us starting the end of January and still going.

1/20/15 Chicken by the corner of the house. Very little snow.

1/20/15 Chicken by the corner of the house. Very little snow.

2/9/15 Wrigley in front of slide and wood shed

2/9/15 Wrigley in front of slide and wood shed

2/15/15 Coop and runs picture taken from back deck

2/15/15 Coop and runs picture taken from back deck

3/19/15 Chickens out in pathway. Holly in front. Still too much snow.

3/19/15 Chickens out in pathway. Holly in front. Still too much snow.

My grandson is learning about 3-D printers at his high school.  Me, I remember the mimeograph machines from my high school. And we didn’t learn about them, maybe we got to turn the crank. Well, Alden made me a chicken with this 3-D printer.  Some days I’m more of a dinosaur than others.

Blue chicken by Alden

Blue chicken by Alden

With all of this snow I haven’t really started doing anything about my garden.

Ed

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11 comments
  1. So good to have you back and hear that all is well. You have come to mind many times this winter as I saw the news about the weather in your neck of the woods. Glad everyone has made it through unscathed. Hope you get some spring weather soon!

    • Thanks, it’s only been the last 2 months that have been brutal. I am so ready for the snow and cold to be gone. I will even endure the mud season. I’m also thinking that with all of the snow melt the mosquito population should be spectacular. That isn’t the word I would normally use to describe the bug population. I read your posts and see the bare ground there and get a little jealous. Maybe it will balance out next year.
      Ed

  2. Welcome back and what a lot of snow! Thanks for the update and the photos.

  3. Welcome back – kind of. I can’t see any photos. I can’t read your blog from the website itself, only through my wordpress reader. What’s up?

    • Laura, Laura, Laura, I, being a dinosaur, have no clue as to why you are not getting the pictures. My only insight was that maybe, possibly a kangaroo has chewed thru an internet wire someplace, this would be the wire that carries the pictures, not the one that the words go thru. I could be wrong though.
      Ed

      • It’s so weird. I can see your hike blog but the internet still refuses to let me see this blog. It tells me it’s not there. Are you perhaps banned and therefore blocked in Australia because you are somehow dangerous? Though I love your blogs, I didn’t think you were that interesting. You’ve just gone up in my estimation; Ed, the double agent (or hacktivist or…..)

  4. wspines said:

    Welcome back, I live in western Mass we haven’t had as much snow as you have but the cold and wind have been horrible. I had to buy eggs the winter of 13 -14 and appreciate my hens so much after that. My chickens are pets too and last summer my 12 year old laid a blue egg every other day for the entire summer after a year or so of no eggs.

    • WOW!! A 12 year old laying eggs. Ours are only three, Holly might be older. I made my coop small on purpose so I wouldn’t be tempted to get more chicks and am very happy with that decision. But, when I think about not getting eggs as the ladies age I start thinking of how I can build a second coop for some baby chicks and start this all over again.
      I need to have my head examined.
      Ed

  5. So glad to see Holly nice and healthy. When Eva left us, Holly was just not looking well. I knew it was partly the molting, but looking at the two pictures, it upsets me to know we weren’t doing enough for her. The kids will all be happy to see her pictures after the weekend though.

    • Don’t beat yourself up, I think it was the molt. It’s going well, they stay pretty much together when let loose in the yard, Holly is pecked at more than the others but she is doing alright.

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