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Brighter News!

Following my breakdown writing the previous post, I have some better news to share.

Our flock has been rewarded an extension to the 30-day to remove them request. We have until April 20th to move our flock to a new location.

We had mentioned how stressful enough winter can be on a flock, add a new location on top of that and we could expect the worst. We now have time to get our plans in order. We will be staying at Susan’s parents house until we find the best place to move them for the last time.

We are searching for the perfect plot of farmland. Nothing too large, but nothing small either. It’s going to be an adventure, that’s for sure! I’m very happy that Susan’s parents were kind enough to allow us to move in. They have a beautiful property on land that is zoned for livestock. Susan grew up with horses and ponies. The chickens will have a wonderful barn, and we will make them an enclosed run when they are not being supervised.

On top of that whopper of great news, Janet laid her first egg on Thusday, and her second yesterday! Go Janet! She really knows how to sing the eggsong.

Her eggs are long and bi-coloured with freckles!  Continue reading


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In Memory of Wendy..

What can I say about Wendy that won’t condemn me to tears… She was the sweetest, sassiest and silliest chicken I’ve had. I already feel her unbearable absence. She brought us all such great joy, and will be forever missed.

Whoever says it’s just a chicken, has certainly never given one the chance to be loved. Wendy never gave us an option. She forced her love on us.

She was always hopping up on our laps for attention, and making us laugh until we cried. I refuse to forget the good times. In time I know the memories I want to remember will cloud the ones I don’t.

Some of our favourite moments with Wendy…

This song pretty much sums up how I feel.. Smiley
I was here
I lived, I loved
I was here
I did, I’ve done, everything that I wanted
And it was more than I thought it would be
I will leave my mark so everyone will know
I was here

I want to say I lived each day, until I die
And know that I meant something in, somebody’s life
The hearts I have touched, will be the proof that I leave
That I made a difference, and this world will see

I will NEVER forget you.Smiley


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Wendy..

I honestly am worried.. I don’t think she will make it through the day. She has gotten progressively worse over the last two days. Her breathing is laboured, she can’t walk or stand and she has very bad diarrhea.

I will miss her so much 😦

Update: Wendy passed away 25 minutes after I wrote this. We have lost 3 chickens total. All from the first group of four. Makes me think whatever they died from is from the first breeder. Nothing was contagious (thank GOD). However, that doesn’t make losing Wendy any easier.

She is in chicken heaven with Carl.


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Wendy Gets a Bath

Dirty crest not completely clean from last weeks bath + yoghurt smoothie mishap from Friday night = another bubble bath required.

To bathe a chicken you need the following:

  • Dawn Dish Soap
  • 1-2 Towels
  • 2 Dollar Store Dish pan (1 soapy, 1 rinse water)
  • Mug to pour water
  • Blow Dryer
  • Camera
  • Chicken

Wendy was so excited! Look at that face. She’s just so relaxed in her bubble bath Smiley Continue reading


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Silkie Eggs!

Our girls are on a roll! We got our first silkie egg on Tuesday. 😀

Now.. Question is.. Who did it?!

Was it Lorraine or was it Pearl? If I had to guess – I would say Pearl. She has been squatting and mating with Steve for a good week. The mystery egg was found on a straw bale yesterday, so that is a huge determining factor for me. Pearl loves the straw bales. Lorraine, not so much. Continue reading


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Indoor Chicken?

Well..

Seems I have gone off the deep end. There is a chicken in the house.. And she is wearing a diaper.

No, I am not doing this because I want an indoor chicken. I am doing this because she is my very first chicken, and she is not weathering the cold well at all.

Wendy has spent the winter so far huddled and inactive. Yesterday morning was the last straw. It went down to -30 with the wind-chill overnight. She had frozen crest feathers, and was wheezing from the icy temperatures. I felt terrible! I immediately scooped her up and rushed inside, praying she would pull through.

She did. She is now happily wandering around my house, sporting a diaper I made from scratch after work last night (purple leopard print – she is a diva!). It didn’t take her long to adjust to life inside. She spent the evening watching television with us and trying desperately to eat the buttons on Dylan’s sweatshirt.

Really, I am not as crazy as I sound. As soon as the temperatures are more suitable for Wendy, she will be going back out to the coop. For now she will enjoy the comfort of indoor living.