Saturday, November 28, 2009

Blanche AWOL again

My husband didn't believe me when I was telling friends how Blanche flies in my face or zips out the door every time I visit the coop. "How hard can it be to keep a chicken in?" he thought.

Yesterday, he learned otherwise. He literally was kicking at her to keep her inside, yet she prevailed. She has been outside for 1.5 days. I found her nesting in the pine tree above the run, I found her walking along the back of the run, I found her walking along the front of the run. Why not just be inside?

A few neighbor kids have rounded her back up for me. But I give up. I just can't keep her inside anymore. Every day, she looks a little more beat up and haggard, but it's her choice. It's like a homeless person who is happier living on the streets than anywhere else. Sometimes you just have to let it be.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Overwintering five

I've got an extra five chickens for the winter, as my friend Jennifer couldn't get a heated coop going in time. Two are big, beautiful white chickens and make the flock look, color-wise, complete.

One little snafu this week: I started a full-time job two weeks ago, and no one let the chickens out one day. I got home to find nobody in the run, opened the door to the coop and they came out like a can-of-worms. They ran straight to the water.

They then went on a 4-day egg-laying strike. Finally started getting a few yesterday.

Who can blame them?