The Girls!

Chickens_by_shedLots of people write to me and ask for more chicken posts.  So here, by popular demand, are some pictures of the girls.  There’s not a great deal of news to report–they are all healthy and happy, and they spend almost all day free-ranging in the backyard now. 

Dolley had an impacted crop for a while, and then it got very swollen and seemed like it was no longer able to expand and contract the way it needs to in order for food to keep moving along.  But I’ve found that if I massage her crop, the food gets going and the whole thing seems to start working again.  The funny part is that she really, really seems to enjoy this.  I put her on my lap, give it a little massage, and she closes her eyes and leans up against me.  Perhaps I should give them all massages.

Other than that, everyone is well. We continue to get just about one egg per chicken per day–far more than we can eat.Bess_in_window
Bess likes to hop up on the windowsill and look in at us when we’re in the kitchen.  She seemed particularly interested in the basket of strawberries I had on the counter.  Sometimes all four of them crowd around the window, looking in at us or simply settling down in the shade of the house for a little afternoon nap.

2 thoughts on “The Girls!”

  1. Amanda M. Foss

    Hi Amy, I feel sort of silly commenting to this blog – never done this before – but I’ve been reading about your chickens and I can’t tell you how much your blog has touched my heart! I have seven of my own, all different breeds purchased by mail order from Ideal Poultry. I live in the suburbs of Atlanta GA. and am by no means in a chicken frendly area, but we muddle through as best as we can under the radar of the inevetable chicken police. One of my girls, a particularly sweet little girl named Chicken Hawk (she reminded me of the little chicken in the Fog Horn Leg Horn cartoons -“I’m a chicken hawk!”- ) anyway, she went through the surgery to correct her impacted crop several weeks ago. Now it seems she may have “sour crop” or some other ailment. We aren’t sure exactly what this new ailment is, but we are working through it with the help of a really great vet. I was so excited to find your blog and know that my husband and I aren’t all alone in our “chicken world”! We have had our girls as beloved members of our family for the past four years and I had a single hen as my pet… no, friend, for about six years before that. We completely understand where you guys are coming from! Thanks for posting all of your stories! They have made us laugh and brought us a peice of mind knowing that we really aren’t the only ones! By the way, it appears that you don’t have the only chicken cocktail night – ours prefer margaritas! Thanks! ~Mandi

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