those crazy chickens
January 29, 2011, 9:18 am
Filed under: chickens

I often wonder what hijinks those crazy chickens get up to when they’re not watched. Some night you open the coop to say goodnight and MAN what the heck happened in there today girls??!!! Last night was one of those nights. They had outside access too, so i’m not sure what prompted the mayhem that I found. Sheesh. They’d pulled their feeder out and spilled all the food out. And then, up top, they’d completely emptied the nest boxes of straw (and i’d just given them a fresh batch the day before). They’d pulled down the ledge in front of the nest box. It was nuts. And there in the far corner of the nest box–two little eggs. Not crushed or ruined, just side by side. It was weird.

On a related note, this morning I got to the coop as poor edwina was in the final moments in a makeshift nest she’d made under the nest box. She laid her egg–bonk on the wood floor, and then over comes Bubbles to check to see if there was a weak egg to break. She’s a harsh chicken that Bubbles.


everybody needs to eat
January 14, 2011, 12:25 pm
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This morning we saw some pretty disgruntled looking deer walking across the yard. Well wading was more like it. Poor guys. There’s a lot of snow out there. And not much to eat. So you need to get what you can.

well what the heck is going on here?

Right around where poor bubbles lost her tail, I saw this. Whatever it was it wasn’t going anywhere. It just kept on eating. I can’t tell what kind of bird was caught, but today, this poor little hawk–a juvenile–is having a good chowdown.

UPDATE: yep it was a robin. poor little guy. A couple of feathers is all that’s left. Mom confirmed that they are pretty easy pickings. She surmised that they must be poor fliers with bad eyesight or something.

36,000.00 value of 2 beehives!
January 3, 2011, 3:55 pm
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Wow, who knew? Check out this interesting analysis. Apparently having honey bees is a great economic decision. We were just interested in helping with pollination in the garden.

According to Joshua Levin, while the startup costs are a bit large (he comes up with 465.00 and 100.00 in yearly maintenance costs), after a first year harvest of 15 pounds (that stuff we couldn’t bear to steal from our girls), each hive will produce 100 pounds of honey. Commercial honey is about 4.00 a pound, and you can get from 15-22 a pound for fancy honey. You know, local terroir and all that. Guess we’d need to make some good labels to charge that much. Anyhow he does the ongoing calculations and comes up 1400 a year (after costs) in profit. He does some analysis and says that if you think of the hives as a bond (with yearly payout), they have a present value of 18,000 per hive!

Who knew our biggest asset would be a beehive? Weird!

christmas miracle! game cam in action
January 1, 2011, 12:04 pm
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Santa brought me a supercool present this year. A game camera. Last night we strapped it to a tree and this morning we checked out the pics.

wow--chuck norris!!

is this thing on?

hey girls!

This is going to be a lot of fun. On Dec. 30 we heard a huge pack of coyotes nearby. We know the woods are quite alive with lots of folks we never get to see. Thanks Santa!