So, I still haven’t posted my pages for Weeks 4 & 5… it’s been pretty crazy on our homestead! We’ve had lots of chicken drama, and now… the flu has hit Jeff. Throw in all our regular responsibilities, and we’ve been barely finding enough time to tend to anything!
The hardest part has been the chicken drama, I can’t get any work done because I’m outside with the girls. Even with a full schedule of work to do, I’ve managed to read the entire Hunger Games trilogy and then some during my forced time outside. What chicken drama could cause that? Well, several things.
The usual drama from the girls is when Selma is taking too long to lay her egg (seriously, the girl LOVES to take her time… 3 hours!!!) and the other two want to lay their eggs. Nevermind that there is another nesting box, they have to fight over the favorite one and get so upset that they’re loud enough to tell the entire neighborhood! Fortunately they fight with chicken “words” and not pain… well, when it comes to the nesting box.
Food and water, well, that’s another fight in itself. I had to rearrange their food and water because of them spilling everything… and that caused some panic, even though they weren’t running out of food. Selma decided to remind Baby she’s at the bottom of the pecking order, and Selma drew blood… which caused both Selma and Patty to keep pecking feathers from Baby’s back. Apparently chickens are like sharks and go crazy at the smell of blood? Well, after some quick googling and a trip to Tractor Supply Co, Baby is now on the mend! From the time I left for TSC and returned home to play “Chicken Doctor,” she went from having a 1 inch bloody bald spot, to almost 3 inches. Thanks to a lot of pine tar, the pecking stopped! It really is a miracle “cure” to stop the bullies and heal the wound!
We had a THIRD incident of chicken drama after that was taken care of. Patty started molting!!! Everything I’ve ever been told or read said that chickens molt in fall, getting ready for winter. Well, that’s not 100% true… they can molt anytime during winter and some even molt in spring. Especially hens that reached maturity in late summer/early fall… like Patty! Selma isn’t molting, but it could just be a matter of time. Rita and I had a good laugh looking at chicken sweaters, just for when Patty’s new feathers aren’t in before the “February Thaw” is over 😉 I don’t think my great-aunt would like me covering Patty in her tea cozy!
So now I have two bald chickens and a chicken who takes all the time in the world to lay her eggs. It’s a good thing I love them, because this chicken drama is almost worse than high school drama! Riley is a great help, she keeps both the girls and me calm while we’re out there dealing with their drama. All three hens are being pampered with meal worms and hard-boiled eggs. Jeff actually bought two 18-egg packs to make sure they get all the protein they need during this time.
As you can see, I’m still snapping away at my P365 photos… even if they are just these still instagram shots. I hope to have some time this weekend to scrap my Weeks 4 & 5, if I’m lucky enough to not catch the flu from Jeff!