Sunday, January 17, 2010

Adventures of the silicon worm.

Today we had another episode of a very amusing occurrence that had been lovingly referred to as "The adventure of the silicon worm "

Our house is completely surrounded by concrete and the previous owners of the house, in a vain attempt to keep water out of the basement, had run a bead of silicon caulk around the entire perimeter of the house between the foundation and the slab. This did Nothing to keep water out of the basement. It did however create a 1200sq ft "worm" that we are constantly pulling out from between the house and the slab. I have disposed of it as best as possible but I have been known to miss a piece or two.

Not a big deal, right? Well this summer we noticed one of the chickens had found a piece and had determined it was a huge bug to be consumed.

The term "bird brain" comes to mind.

Well the other chickens wanted a piece of the action so to speak so they would then chase the chicken with the "worm" until she would drop it' then another chicken would pick it up , and so on and so on.

Since silicon isn't part of a healthy diet we would attempt to get it from the bird in question, adding yet another being chasing for the worm.

after the last time this summer I did a circuit of the yard to attempt to get all of the pieces.

I guess I missed one.

This is Queenie, expressing her displeasure, at me being the winner of the game once again.
Ahh, the joys of chickens.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Puff's timeout. Plus a shot of summer.

We have had a small problem with our banty hens going broody. Broody hens want to do nothing but sit on eggs to hatch them. This means they will stop laying their own eggs and sometimes not take the time to eat or drink. Since we are a rooster less flock, Puff could sit on those eggs for an eternity and they would never hatch.
Not only this but she is preventing the other chickens from using the nesting boxes.
Pidge had a small problem a month or so ago but we were able to break her of that pretty quickly by keeping the eggs collected so she had nothing to sit on.
Puff, not so much.
To break a hen of broodiness, the traditional wisdom is to make them uncomfortable. If the chickens have nothing to nest in they will eventually stop trying to hatch eggs. So I give you... THE TIMEOUT BOX. (cue dramatic music)Needless to say she was not happy to be somewhere where there is a constant draft up her tail feathers.

Hopefully after a couple of days in this Puff will get back in line.

And for all of you that are good and sick of the snow and cold weather.