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