Sometime over the winter we discovered an area of the backyard that had sunken, leaving a hole that need to be filled. Around the same time, we noticed that one of our front-yard drainage pipes had filled with dirt and debris and was not draining well. Read the rest of this entry
The chickens are having a blast running around the yard and eating grass(weeds)now that the Spring is here. On the weekends, I am able to let them free-range for a good part of the day and they love it.
Here are some photos of the girls frolicking (yes, frolicking) in the yard!
How is the weather in your neck of the woods?
My chickens love greens! Green grass, swiss chard, turnip greens, kale, you name it they will eat it! During the winter, when there is not much grass to eat, I supplement them with “power” greens. The girls gobble them down and come back for more. I will continue to supplement their diet for a few more weeks until our grass/weeds begin to grow.
Do you give your chickens greens?
Dead chickens? No! They are bathing in dirt! With our warm weekend temperatures, the chickens were able to free-range and take their Saturday bath! Dust-bathing allows chickens to clean themselves by spreading dirt all throughout their feathers absorbing oils and excess moisture. Think spa treatment for chickens!
The first time I saw this strange occurrence, I stumbled on one of the chickens in an area of my garden where nothing had been planted. Upon first glance, I thought the chicken was dead. Then it began to thrash about and my thought was that it was near death. Seizure? Then, I remembered reading about chickens dust bathing. Once I realized the chicken was not dying, I was able to sit back and watch the show.
Luckily for the chickens, they enjoyed the warm temperatures this weekend, we are having freezing rain today! Crazy!
Please enjoy the short video below and see what you think about bathing in dirt!
A friend recently showed me a rooster shirt her daughter bought her in Arkansas. She text me a photo and I immediately loved it. The shirt comes from a company called Locally Grown Clothing Company. The website contains different colors of rooster shirts all branded “locally grown”. There are also cool state t-shirts with the locally grown label if you want to show-off where you were born or currently live!
Do you need a rooster t-shirt? Me too!!
“Neither rain nor snow, nor sleet nor dark of night shall stay my chickens from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.”
Somehow, I thought about the postal creed in relation to my chickens this morning….weird huh? This has been the coldest winter I can remember in a long time. My girls have been troopers this year with our unseasonably cold temperatures.
Do chickens like the snow? So far, mine have trudged around in our light dusting of snow. The problem is the frozen ground because chickens have to scratch and, of course, peck. That is difficult to do with frozen ground. I have been supplying them with greens, kale and spinach, and they gobble them down.
Another area of concern in the cold weather are the chickens combs and wattles. I have put a light coating of Vaseline on their red, spongy wattles when the temperatures have been low to prevent frost-bite.
Giving the hens extra cracked corn also helps to add weight and will keep them warmer. Cracked corn does not provide the nutrients chickens need so I throw out a little in the evening or mix a handful in with their laying feed.
Hurry up spring!!