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Monday, September 17, 2012

moving chickens

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This weekend it was time to move the chicken fence from one side of their house to the other.  When we put them outside this summer, the other side of the chicken house was full of grass, now, not so much.  You can somewhat see the line of where the fence had ended before!  I wish that I could truly let the chickens be free range, unfortunately they take that to a whole new level.

Our street has a bit of a steep drop off right next to it, going down to a path that leads downtown.  Well, last week four of our chickens decided they should check out the path.  I really didn't want our chickens wandering around downtown...I knew that they needed more grass to scratch up, so we decided this weekend would be the time to move the chicken fence.  And they were so excited to have the new space to dig around in!


I tried putting them out on the garden to rip up the rest of it, but they just continued running away from it, perhaps the bugs that I want them to eat are not as tasty as I had hoped :-)


They all still really enjoy hiding under the chicken house.  This one brought a green tomato with her for a snack.  They also tend to lay their eggs under there, but they lay them in the corners, so I can easily grab them.  It seems to be working out fine, and I am sure they will figure something else out once the snow is halfway up the chicken house.

We also found a few eggs in the compost pile when we were moving things around.  So at least now I know that all of my white chickens are indeed laying one egg per day.  There have been several days in the past week where I have only had 5 white eggs, and I couldn't figure out why one would stop laying when they just started laying a month ago!  Our egg count since they started laying on August 17th is 156 eggs, or 13 dozen.  That's a lot of eggs :-)

Linking up at the Barn HopRural Thursday, Your Green Resource

13 comments:

  1. Always better to have too many, then you can win the hearts of friends, neighbors and co-workers!

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  2. Hi, I'm Anne, from Life on the Funny Farm (http://annesfunnyfarm.blogspot.com), and I'm stopping by from the Barn Hop. Nice to "meet" you!
    I've got chickens, too. I've had layers for about a year and a half, and I'm expecting shipment on my meat birds this week. This is a first for me, so I'm a little nervous. Wish me luck!

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  3. 156 eggs! Wow! Guess I dont have to ask what you're having for dinner tonight! Go chickens, go!

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  4. Wow that's a ton of eggs!
    I would love to have chickens one day.

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  5. Wow! I thought my 35 a day were too many.
    Debbie

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  6. wowzers--that's a TON of eggs! glad they're all being productive though. my ladies are back on strike!

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  7. We have to block off spaces like that one under the coop. Because my girls are not os nice and lay their eggs right in the middle. So a kid has to climb in (amidst much complaining about snakes and spiders) to get them. Now if I could just get them to stop laying on top of the hay rolls!!! Stevie@ruffledfeathersandspilledmilk.com

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  8. Fantastic photos and all those wonderful found eggs ~ (A Creative Harbor)

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  9. Found and followed you through A Delightful Home's link party. I just love your blog! Feel free to stop by mine as well :)

    http://www.the-not-so-desperate-chef-wife.com

    Krista

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  10. I laughed thinking about your chickens taking a stroll down Main Street with you running after them. :)

    Thank you so much for sharing this with us at Rural Thursdays. xo

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  11. Love this! The photo with the chicken under the hen house with the green tomato is so sweet - she looks so secure and content. :) I am lucky that my hen house is just a dirt floor, so my girls can't get underneath! You have some lucky chickens now with their nice, fresh grass. I found you through Your Green Resource, by the way, and I'm your newest follower. Come visit if you are ever interested. http://mindofthemother.blogspot.com/

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