Sunday, December 18, 2011

Yay Maude! First Egg Friday


17 December... Friday afternoon, Maude laid her first egg! Have to say she is a bit of a drama queen. Yesterday, while warming up to the idea of egg number two, she claimed the entire coop. Poor Lucy came flying out at one point, with Maude hot on her tail, pecking and shouting. Hmm...

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Wind, then cold. Maude turns henish?!



**Dec 6. Last Tuesday night - worst winds in 12 years. Chickens spent the night in the bathtub (going back to their roots).
**Dec 12. Last night temps 30degrees below seasonal normal. It was 7 degrees when we got up. Spent most of the morning stuffing straw into the walls of the roost box & tacking it in place with cardboard. (Girls were baffled... suddenly a lot less room in there! :) ) Put plastic up on the last open panel of the coop proper. G went out shopping for an extra brooder bulb, and a second heat lamp. She ended up running all over the north valley. The clerk at Dan's Boots and Saddles said, "There was a run on those this past weekend. You're late!" :) They had a box ready for next year over at Miller's Feed. While there, G got sucked in by the bag of freeze-dried meal worms. Chicken Cheetos! They were a huge hit.

Oh, straw in the old feedbags like pill0ws up on top of the roost box. And towels like a tapestry to cover their front "window." I wish we had a thermometer out there to keep tabs on the temp, but the wireless remote one was interfering with the baby monitor so we brought it in. Brrrrr. Poor chickadees!

**Dec 11. Gloria turned around abruptly & Maude did 'the crouch!' Oh my, our little tomboy is growing up! (Usually means they start laying w/i the week.)