Monday, October 24, 2011

Egg-citing news!


We are happy to report that the new chicks are finally contributing to the food supply. However,  tiny chickens make tiny eggs so right now 1 Ollie egg + 1 Ellie egg = 1 Saffron egg. Mei is still molting, so no blue eggs just yet. We hope the newbies will inspire her to start laying again.

Yay eggs!

Monday, August 29, 2011

Molting Mei

Our girl Mei hasn't been herself lately. We think she had sour crop a few weeks ago and with the introduction of the new chicks, she has been quite stressed out. She hasn't laid an egg in two weeks.

Thinking she might be egg bound, we bathed her in warm water and I did unspeakable things involving a latex glove and olive oil. We started to notice that she was losing some feathers. I began to panic.

Today, we came home to an entire backyard of feathers. We were relieved to discover that our girl is simply molting.

Thanks to Melissa B. and Backyard Farming for saving the day!

She looks a bit disheveled and has bare spots on her waddle and wings. Molting is stressful so we will need to supplement her food with some protein, like cottage cheese or yogurt.


The molting could last as long as 12 weeks and so could the lack of eggs. Good thing we have two other birds still producing.

Who knew chicken tending could be this exciting!

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Making New Friends

The Midtown Chicks made some new friends today. Andria, Abe and Meredith stopped by for some quality time with the ladies.

 Abe gave Blackberry a little love. She is our most social chicken these days.

 Meredith is a natural! She took to Blackberry immediately. We were so impressed.

Thanks to Farmer Shawn, Abe met our newest and littlest chicken, Ellie. She was on her best behavior.

And in the end, Andria was brave enough to pet Ellie too. It was a successful chicken adventure all the way around.





Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Complete Package

Another special delivery arrived yesterday. The Midtown Chicks have their very own stamp!


Thanks to my thoughtful and creative hubby (and the fine folks at Simon's Stamps) sharing eggs with others will be even more fun. And official :)

 Ain't she a beaut Clark?


Friday, August 12, 2011

Special Delivery

Looky what came today! Shawn surprised me with an order of our VERY OWN egg cartons.


We have depended on the kindness of friends who have been donating their used cartons. Now we have our own fancy cartons. They accommodate a full dozen...


Or 1/2 dozen.


Now we need to make a cute stamp or stickers to go on top! Thank you Shawn and The Egg Carton Store :)



Monday, August 8, 2011

Great Success!

The little ladies have successfully transitioned into backyard birds. After slowly integrating Ollie and Ellie through supervised visits, lots of free range outdoor activity and sneaking them into the coop in the dark of night... we have success! Mind you there were heated arguments over water and food, dramatic chases around the yard and lots of pecking.


They have been sleeping together peacefully thanks to our sneaky tactics, but turning in for the night on their own has been a challenge. So imagine our relief when we went out to herd the little ones into the coop past the pecking hen brigade to find them already nestled all snug in their beds. No visions of sugar-plums, but happy little chicks none the less.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Mei's Tips for Staying Cool This Summer

Mei tells me that dirt baths are all the rage this summer. She is here to share a few tips on pulling off the perfect dusty dip.

Tip #1: Find a nice, shady spot in the yard.

Tip #2: Dig a chicken-sized hole in the dirt.

Tip #3: Nestle yourself into said dirt.

 Tip #4: Cover yourself in the nice, cool earth.

Tip #5: Rinse and repeat.

 Tip #6: Dirt baths are always more fun with friends.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Ellie and Ollie

Soooooo we brought home a new chick two weeks ago and for two weeks we called her Baby Cheep Cheep, Little Cheepers and on occasion, Beyonce. While we pondered names for the new little one, we noticed she was growing more and more quiet.

After a week of solitude and despite our best efforts to socialize her, she became despondent. She quit cheeping and just started staring at the walls of her brooder.

Soooooo back to Hollywood Feed we went. This time we brought home a bantam chick. They became fast friends. Bantam birds are much smaller and cannot be sexed until they are older. So with our fingers crossed, we picked out this little one.


Now with two new girls in the house, we definitely had to pick out names. I liked the name Ellie and Grayson came up with Ollie.

Meet Ollie, our sweet Speckled Sussex.


And Ellie, our bossy Bantam with fancy britches.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Matilda

We celebrated Memorial Day with family and friends including a visiting guest, Matilda. Dad found Matilda struggling to fly on the side of the road in Arlington. How he spotted this little girl while going 50 miles an hour is still a mystery to me.


My parents fed her sugar water through a dropper and found the perfect rehab facility in Grayson's retired bug catcher. Today was day two of her visit. She was alert, eating well and even preening. We took this as a good sign.

We all took turns feeding her. How often will we have this kind of opportunity?


Through the power of Facebook, I connected with a friend at Lichterman Nature Center who connected us to the Wild Wings Rescue group. Thank goodness for animal loving volunteers.

Matilda will meet up with one of the Rescue volunteers in the morning. We hope she has a speedy recovery. Stay tuned for Matilda updates.


Thank you to my sweet parents for rescuing this little lady, to Andy Williams his love of birds and for knowing who to contact and to all of the volunteers of the Wild Wings Rescue Group.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Baby Girl Wolowicz

Shawn says that "we always have room for one more." Whether that is a dinner guest or a chicken. And this was his response when I texted him a picture of a chick at the Memphis Animal Shelter.

It all started on my quest to help find Max. My friend Wendy has lost her baby pug, Max. He's two years old and was last seen off Winchester Rd. near Collierville, TN. We went to the Memphis Animal Shelter to look for him. Unfortunately, we didn't find Max. But we did find many sweet animals in need of homes, including a 3 mos. old chick. Luckily, the chick and many dogs and cats all found homes over the weekend. The next time you want a new pet, PLEASE visit your area shelter and PLEASE spay and neuter.

Since we started with four, we have often talked about adding another chick. Hollywood Feed on Broad Ave. added chicks to their inventory this spring and ran a $5 special this weekend. The chicks are all about 1-2 mos old. So we ventured to Hollywood "to pick up dog supplies" and came home with this little cutie, a Speckled Sussex.


She doesn't have a name yet and that's where you come in. Help us name the new chick. Here's what we know so far:

1. She is very independent.


2. She is very loud.
3. She likes you to put her on your lap or hand but doesn't want to be held too tightly.


4. She is cautious and curious.


So, there you have it. Let the naming of the chicken commence!

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Happy Mother's Day

Momma chicken nestled with babies (look for tiny feet). Happy Mother's Day! Love you Mom and Linda.

Photo by Margot McNeeley
Vieques, Puerto Rico

Thursday, April 7, 2011

E-I-E-I-O

And on this farm there was a chicken. E-I-E-I-O

And a brave little girl whose name is Lily. E-I-E-I-O

With a cluck, cluck here...

And a brave little girl there

Here a chicken. There a chicken.
 
Not sure about chickens

Success!




Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Biddie has gone to settin'

Biddie was my great-uncle's pet duck. And what a duck she was!

Eldon Roark went back for an update on Biddie about six months after the first story ran in January 1961. Here's what he learned.



I was I could have met ole Biddie. She was my kind of duck. The best part of her story is that her maternal instinct was so strong that she "took to settin'" on 12 adopted eggs. Better than that, my great-grandfather knew that is what she wanted and helped her achieve her dream. He was a neat fella.

Some days I can relate to Biddie. I just turned 35 and my son is 13. Yes, I was a youngin' when I had him. As I watch him turn into a young man (read: cologne, cell phone, Facebook, girls), my biological clock is screaming "You need a baby." But instead, we have chosen three chickens, two dogs and a cat. A menagerie of animals and a budding teenager gives me lots to nurture. But to quote my husband Shawn "There is always room for more!"

After reading this I fully expect him to give me a baby chick for Mother's Day.