Wow, I can’t believe we are only a week out from Christmas. This is the last day of school for my kids. Hubby will home for an extended vacation, which will be so nice.
December has been an odd month weather-wise. Temps have been well above average. That is good and bad. Good because we can still use the outside faucet for watering. Good because we haven’t had many days of frozen water crocks. Good because the roads are clear.
But it is bad because it has been rainy, windy and overall dreary. Cold, wet weather is not pleasant for animals. There is alot of mud and it just feels gross. We prefer frozen ground and crisp dry air this time of year.
We take what we get and do the best we can, right?
In animal news, the baby bunnies are growing fast! There are 8 left out of a litter of 10. Two passed away the first week and that is common in a litter that that big. For a first time momma, the doe is doing a spectacular job!
They are out of the nestbox and starting to drive her crazy so I know it is almost time to separate them. They are eating solid food and drinking water at 4 weeks old.
Hey, scoot over and let me in!
The little chicks are getting their “big girl” voices. They are 8 weeks old and like teenagers – gangly with cracking, changing voices and big attitudes.
I have to show off my Polish hens because they are so crazy looking. Every barnyard needs some flair 😀
This is Zelda. She is skittish, camera shy and hard to get a pic of. Named so because she just looked like a Zelda from the start.
This is Phyllis. She loves the camera and all things shiny. She chases me down when I try to leave. She is named after Phyllis Diller, who was a fond childhood memory for me – and we also come from the same hometown!
The other chicks we have are Salmon Faverolles, White Rocks, Silver Laced Wyandottes, and Partridge Rocks. Photos of them will have to come another day.
Our 10 older hens finally started laying again after a nice long break – they slowed down in August and we have been missing the generous supply of eggs in the house. After they finished molting about 3 weeks ago, we put a light in the coop. The light helps stimulate their egg production. They have slowly started up again over the last couple weeks and yesterday we had 8 eggs! They seem to be on an every-other-day pattern right now, but I’ll take it! I am very happy that these older hens (most between 2-3 years old, although one is 8!) are still healthy and producing.
Chickens lay eggs in a variety of colors – each breed lays a specific color, including light pinks, blues and greens.