Monday, July 19, 2010

What's all the racket? It's 6:20 a.m.!

My daughter comes scrambling in my bed this morning saying the chickens are cackling like crazy. I scramble out of bed, grab my husbands bathrobe, slip on some sandals and head for the back door without my glasses. I get the backdoor unlocked (with effort) and head around the corner to their pen where Betty is pacing the front of the run and cackling her heart out. It is LOUD, too. She was acting like she was locked up in her coop and a worm was just outside and out of reach.

She made some really funny sounds too, like she was announcing herself to the world. Lord, I feel sorry for my neighbors. College kids by day, restaurant servers by night. They are quiet and respectful and probably would appreciate sleeping past 6:30 am. I would be so pissed if I was them. Betty was obnoxious.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Three a day!! Whoo hoo!

Zelda's, Lulu's and Betty's Eggs
Lulu finally laid an egg yesterday. What, has it been a month since I got her? She seems to be a sensitive girl, but yesterday and today there were two brown eggs and a pretty blue one in the nest. I think Lulu's are slightly more brown and Betty's are slightly more pink, but who the hell knows.  Just glad she is a contributing member of the family now, cause she sure eats a lot!

Finally bought them a 25 lb bag of feed. I bought 10 lbs and it lasted a week. I wish they wouldn't spill so much. All is well. It is getting hot, but I have a courtesy fan blowing on their favorite spot under the bushes. Probably need to get their water someplace with more shade.  Noon time is roasting in their pen, but by 2:30 or 3:00 they are in shade the rest of the day.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Finally a Blue Eggs!

On June 24, 2010 I finally got a blue egg from Zelda!!!!   
It is a good sized egg compared to Betty's as you can see in the image, and I just love the color.  Lulu still hasn't laid and I'm beginning to wonder at what point do I worry. I'd say soon. She has no reason not to lay unless she is actually too young and hadn't started laying yet when I got her. I let them roam the yard now when I get home and that makes them happy.