This past week I presented at the Mother Earth News Fair in Seven Springs, PA. Each year, one of my favorite things to do is meet up with the kids attending the fair. I love to get kids excited about art and put on a workshop just for them. This past year we did bookmarks and this year I decided to inspire the kids’ creativity with paper chicken friends.
Over the weekend, my lucky chickens got a package in the mail from our friends over at Chubby Mealworms. Chubby Mealworms decided to throw the girls a coop warming party! I could not believe how many wonderful things were inside this box. I was especially excited for my flock to try three new product that they had never had before. I could not wait to see their reactions.
Last month, I noticed that Oyster Cracker was not herself. She seemed to be under the weather and not herself. She was almost 6 years old and has had bad days since Sunshine passed almost 6 months ago. The first clue that something was wrong was that she did not roost with the others in her usual spot. She tried to sleep in the nesting box. The next night she ended up on the lower roost where no one sleeps. She was just off. By the next morning, I decided that I needed to do some detective work. So, I set out to figure out just what was wrong. As a chicken keeper, there are lots of things that you can do to help determine what might be wrong with your chicken. I also realized that writing a post on how to examine a chicken might be useful for others.
Good morning! It’s chilly again here in the twenties but at least the gobs of snow are starting to melt. Today I am excited to be Ann White’s guest on The Chicken Show. Watch me be interviewed from inside the coop! We are also hopping on over to Sarah Hudock’s amazing blog on her website Chicken Art. Today Sarah is going to be reviewing a copy of my book and doing another book giveaway. Let me just say that she makes the most amazing chicken-themed tin signs. So go check her out and see what parts of the book she loved the best!
Sometimes words can’t explain what goes on around here.
I have no idea why Oyster Cracker decided to climb on top of Tilly and start scratching. I can tell you that Oyster Cracker and Sunshine are not taking dust baths during their molts. I am not sure why, but I have heard that the new feathers can be sometimes painful if they are moved or touched the wrong way. Maybe this has something to do with it. Tilly finished her molt last week and was happy to enjoy her dust bath along with Autumn and Feathers a few feet away. I love it when the chickens go into trance like states and I find their bodies in yogalike stances.
Last week, I put my usual order in at Treats for Chickens. I decided it would be fun to purchase a chicken toy for the girls. I figured that this might help beat the winter boredom that flocks sometimes can experience. There is not much to do when a thick layer of snow covers the ground. Bored birds can begin to become destructive. This includes pecking and eating their eggs and pecking at each other, leading to feather loss and bleeding wounds. The chickens were introduced to the chicken toy, filled with organic wheat seeds, for the first time today. Although they’re still a little apprehensive, I think in no time this will be something that the girls will love.
Here they are today, in action:
Photo Credit: Tilly’s Nest