My two remaining chickens are doing very well. Thanks for asking! Between Minnie and Peach, I'm getting about 10 to 12 eggs per week. Eugenia went to the big henhouse in the sky in early December, followed by Clara a few weeks ago. My chickens don't ever seem to get sick – they just expire overnight when I least expect it. While I love my chickens and certainly appreciate their bountiful gifts, I don't get that attached to them, which is just as well. Peach is 4 now and Minnie is 3, so their prime laying years are almost behind them. They have a forever home here, whether they lay eggs or not. I'll be adding two or three girls to the flock in early summer, when some good-sized pullets should be available.
Meanwhile, the lunchtime routine – when the chickens and Wynonna switch places in the front yard – has been made a bit easier with only two chickens. Let me show you what goes on.
First I have to find the chickens. Sometimes they're walking around scratching the dirt
and looking for stuff to eat, other times they're napping under a bush.
I get behind them and herd them toward their door in the barn.
Sometimes they're cooperative, other times they're not. Herding chickens can be a lot like herding cats.
Speaking of herding cats, do you see mine up there helping me?
Yesterday I opened Wynonna's gate and let her out before I went in search of the chickens,
which is always a big mistake, but she was yelling so loudly to get out, I had no choice.
If you've forgotten how vocal Wynonna can be, watch this.
Peach was being a good chicken and climbed right through the door.
Minnie, the opportunist, went straight for Wynonna.
Minnie: Nom nom nom nom nom...pork butt, rump roast, call it what you will. I call it lunch.
And this is why Wynonna and the chickens have to take turns in the front yard.
The chickens will peck at her unmercifully if I turn them out together.
Anyway, I had to stop taking pictures before blood was drawn but I shooed Minnie into the barn,
Wynonna found her place in the sun to nap, and I finished my chores and went back to work.