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I am a 42 year old woman that is about as happy and content as one person can be. My husband of 21 years and our 15 year old daughter live on five and a half acres out in the country. We moved from the city four years ago and never looked back. I homeschool our daughter. We also love our animals. Our daughter has a miniature horse and two rabbits. We also have a border collie, two cats (again), two pot belly pigs, four peafowl, three emus, 2 llamas and an undetermined number of chickens, lets just say ohhh about 200. I have many breeds, from layers to fancy chickens. I love poultry shows, I love fowl in general as I have come to find out through having more than just chickens. Chickens will always be my first love though. I do show some of my birds occasionally.

Thursday, February 28, 2008

An Even Ten


Thankyou to Judys Jems for todays graphics


Good afternoon y'all. Well, lets hope that Old Man Winter has blown his last after last night. It got down into the twenties.

I did my usual routine last night. More of the chickens are getting the idea as far as going into the new house. I am having to get fewer and fewer into a house at night. That doesnt mean everyone is cooperating.

We had another casualty last night. Those darn penciled rocks, they are so determined that they are not going to go into an enclosure, they would just a soon hide from me that go in with their flock.

This morning I got up the recipe, as usual..went to let out everyone...took a glance over to the back corner of the property...and there was a lump in the frozen grass. Could it be a body? How? Before letting anyone out I went out there to investigate. Sure enough...a penciled rock hen. This time, whatever got her, was really hungry. I mean it ate dinner right there. There was nothing left but a hollowed out carcass. No head, no rear.

Have they caught on to the recipe? I dont know. I am going to stuff the dead carcass this evening with the recipe...and set it out for them to take it home. As cold as it was last night, I am guessing the recipe was frozen solid. Doesnt make a very good meal.

Everyone was put up, locked up tight. What happened? She hid from me. I dont know where, but she did,and now she is dead for it.

So, that makes an even ten birds. Enough about this.




I have a few more pictures to share from the show. Here we have a White Crested Polish Hen. These are among my favorite of the colors Polish come in. There was no roo, or I would have made sure to take his picture too.



Next is a Buff Laced (maybe called Golden Buff Laced, cant remember for sure) Polish hen.



Next are two REAL Aracuanas. Both are roos I believe. A lot of people try to sell Americaunas off as Aracaunas...but true Aracaunas are rumpless and have the feathers sticking out of the sides of their head.


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There isnt much else going on around here. Just waiting out the cold...waiting for some warmer weather to get these old bones moving. This weekend holds promise of warmer temps...so I am looking toward the weekend. :)

Everyone have a nice Thursday...I hear the laundry and dishes calling my name...and its time to homeschool and make out a grocery list.

Oh there is one bit of news...Ian is buying me a 20 gauge shotgun. I have never shot any type of gun, but he is going to teach me, and maybe on some of these warmer nights the predators coming in will find me waiting for them. I could start a foxtail collection..yeah... (evil grin).

I was supposed to get it on Valentines Day ( is that redneck or WHAT??? LOL).

Whatdju git fer Valentines Day? A SHOTGUN! Woo hoo! Hilarious! ;)


madcobug said...

I am so sorry that you lost another hen even though it was her own fault. Those pictures you have pictured are very pretty.  A 20 ga shotgun is just the thing to use. A quick kill for sure. Helen

mumma4evr said...

sorry about your even ten!

mosie1944 said...

When we got all those possums that were killing my hens, we'd catch them just as soon as it got dark.  Me with flashlight, son with gun.  And as long as nobody said a word, I could shine that light right on them (and their kill) and son would shoot them.  Now if it's foxes or coyotes, it might not be that easy; they're smarter.

rdautumnsage said...

Sorry to hear you lost another one dear friend. I love the pictures of the Polish hens. I'm still chuckling over the Redneck Valentine.....(Hugs) Indigo

wwfbison said...

LOL...love your valentines humor !!!  That is funny.  So sorry you lost another baby..my gosh how awful for you to have to keep going through this.  I love the white Aracauna...he reminds me of Grampa Munster with those little tufts of hair.  My gosh he is adorable!!!  Doug came in and asked if that was an "old" rooster man ~ LOL.  Great pics. I hope all the chickens go in tonite for you.  That surely sounds like the best way to keep them safe.  

plieck30 said...

Nothing like those redneck gifts. better then nothing, right? More pretty pics. Paula

nelishianatl said...

I think the redneck gift is timely because ya'll need it.  Ten chickens is a lot!

I'm sorry to read about your new losses.  I am still sick.  Missed the snow the other morning.  Don't think we even got the dusting here in C town.  

Off to read your other entries.