Monthly Archives: December 2012

Grand daughter enjoyed chickens

In July, my 11 year old grand daughter came for a visit without her mom and dad.  I thoroughly enjoyed her visit.  The chickens helped make the visit special for her, too.

Maddy lives in a big city so she so this is a new experience for her.  I made sure I had some baby chicks hatched out in time for her visit.  She enjoyed feeding the chickens and playing with “Bernie”.   On a previous visit, she named a Silkie hen “Pex” but I sold her.

We went to the beach and used the metal detector and went to a mine looking for pretty stones in NC as well as went to the movie, polished nails and stayed up late watching tv.   It was a great visit to me.

I just want to add, the baby chick “Bernie” certainly made the visit memorable for Maddy.  I told her I have some more eggs hatching out and I will send her a video of the baby chicks.  I think she really likes those chicks.



Hen sitting on eggs in winter

Isn’t it amazing how chickens go broody during the cold weather?  I would think they would just want to hatch out during the spring.  Well, I have a Silkie sitting right now and another trying to be broody….I say trying because I keep stealing her eggs.

Trinidad had six eggs under her to start with but now only has four.  The good news is they are my Barred Rock eggs which is what I really want to hatch.  Now that I have a beautiful rooster, I am eager to get some babies from him.  I bought a hen with him and she is a also gorgeous.

I wanted to again tell you how friendly I have found “chicken” people to be.  This lady (and her husband) whom we got the above rooster and hen from are so nice.  They GAVE us elk meat and deer meat.  Now, I did not cook the meat but my sister-in-law cooked it and feed it to my husband.  lol  He loved it.  Not me, I didn’t even try it.

Well, I will let you know if I get some baby chicks.  I may let the other hen start sitting, too.  I have heat lamps so I can keep my mommies and babies warm.  But, just a reminder, don’t let both mommas sit in the same area because they will fight over the babies and even kill the babies.  I don’t know if that is a normal thing to happen but it happened to me with two Silkie moms.  I let my broody hen sit for about a week or so before I move the mom and her eggs to a “maternity ward” away from the other hens.