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Chickens Stories from Our Nest


This post was originally published dating May 12, 2011.  Due to Blogger’s problems and their 20 hour shut down, the post came back but with errors.  I went in to edit the errors and reposted it.  For some strange reason, it dated it for today. Today’s post is called, “Sound the Alarm”.  You can find it below.

It is an entirely different feeling in the flock now that Chocolate is gone.  Everyone is calm.  No one seems to be living on edge, with a certain level of rooster paranoia.  It seems, that’s how it was. There is a calm harmony in the flock.  The mini-chickens have been completely accepted now.  They spend their time foraging for treats in the run and socializing with new friends.  They even enjoy taking mid-day snoozes, piling 4 of their bodies into one nesting box.  Today, the mini-chickens tried mushrooms from my kitchen for the first time.  It was so cute watching them try new things.  Dottie Speckles especially enjoyed it!  She was tearing off tiny strips.  I think it will take her at least 20 minutes to eat one piece of sliced mushroom. 

Dolly and Feathers are no longer broody.  Finally.  Can you believe it?  I think the two mini-chickens have, at least for now, broken the spell that surrounded them.  Do you think it could have something to do with Chocolate being gone as well?  Maybe without the male present, they do not feel such an instinctual drive to have babies.

The mini-chickens are also on organic grower pellets now. At first, I found it hard to believe that their tiny beaks and mouths could process a pellet of that size.  I was amazed when I watched them peck the larger pellets on the floor with their beaks and watched them swallow the smaller pieces whole.  The larger girls have been on the layer pellets and have no problem.  Personally, I like the pellets, as they leave very little waste.  Sometimes, I see the large chickens eating the mini-chickens’ grower pellets.  I have been trying to make even more calcium available to the large girls.  I do not want to have any thin shelled malformed eggs.

Overall, life is good over here at Tilly’s Nest.  Life is finding a new rooster free harmonious sense of normalcy.

Chickens Health Issues

Live and Active Cultures

Oyster Cracker, Sunshine and Dolly enjoy their yogurt.

The girls love yogurt!  It had been a little while since they had some and they were so happy when I arrived with two bowls filled with plain organic yogurt.  As I called out to them to announce my arrival, they knew.  They saw this time that I was carrying two bowls and that could only mean that yogurt was on its way.  The energy at the door was frantic.  Oyster Cracker pushed her way through and got the first taste even before I could place the bowls on the ground.  Usually, I bring two bowls.  Each filled halfway, to ensure that even those on the lowest of the pecking order get to enjoy this delicious treat.
I love watching the chickens as they eat the yogurt.  I think this is as much of a treat for me as it is for the flock.  Yogurt eating is a messy endeavor.  Be prepared for lots of yogurt flinging and feathers dotted with white yummy goodness.  When they do come up for air between bites, their beaks are dipped in gooey yogurt.  If only they had longer tongues.
Coming up for air
I have always felt that yogurt is beneficial to my flock for a number of reasons.  Although some folks say that it causes their chickens to have loose stools, I myself, have never witnessed it.  In fact, I have seen the opposite.  I find that my chickens are happier when they have the yogurt.  It brings calcium and probiotics to their gastrointestinal system.  It helps to maintain and promote the balance of normal bacteria that live in the gut. Did you also know that the University of Florida, believes that feeding milk based products to your flock can help prevent egg eating by the chickens?
This morning the three broody girls were in the boxes, as usual, before the yogurt arrived.  Feathers saw it first and darted out of her box.  The other two soon followed.  They came running when they saw the yogurt.   You know they love it if it can break the broody spells over three of my chickens.  If you do decide to try yogurt with your flock, I recommend only serving plain unflavored yogurt with live and active cultures.  It might just be their next favorite treat.

Closely guarding one of the bowls