The Rest of the Chickens Update

The four baby chicks are growing and running around.

You can barely see two of them right next to the food container.  We put a heat lamp in there since it was dropping down to 25 degrees on Tuesday night and they seem to have made it just fine.

Twelve of my 13 red laying hens are pretty normal.  Not much to write about.  Then, there’s Miss Hattie, that wild red head!  She is the funniest chicken.  Notice I didn’t say she’s smart — just funny!

She went for about a month that she didn’t escape.  I thought for sure we had solved the problems with her getting out.  The reason I don’t want her out is because if danger threatens, she doesn’t have a clue what to do.  Roscoe can fly up in the trees and get away but Miss Hattie isn’t much of a flying chicken.  Last week, she was out.  I thought she was getting out around the ramp that leads to the coop so Vince fixed that but she’s still getting out.  Every single day for the past week or so, she’s out within a few minutes of me letting them out of the coop.  I still can’t believe that the remaining 12 chickens never once get out and Miss Hattie gets out every single day.  She’s found her favorite place to lay her eggs outside, and though they aren’t easy to retrieve, at least I know where they are and I am able to get them.

When I go outside, she comes running up to me and she follows me around.  I was working in the garden yesterday and she came in and found the strawberry patch.  I think we’ll have to beat Miss Hattie into the garden if we hope to get any more strawberries!  🙂


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    pauline in pa says

    I love your chicken stories…..and hooted when I read that one was in the freezer. My husband came into the office to see what was the matter and laughed too when I read him about the 2 roosters in the freezer.
    Thanks for all your wonderful blogs, including the quilting ones.
    Pauline in PA

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    daneesey says

    Ha … Miss Hattie has determined to be the ‘early bird’ in the bunch. She must have a little bit of smarts if she’s managing to escape on a regular basis! 🙂

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    Apparently chickens are every bit as much individuals as us humans are. And Miss Hattie seems to be one of those individuals with the “don’t fence me in” attitude. If she gets out so easily and the others don’t, maybe they’re the dumb ones??? Anyway, your chicken stories are fun to read.

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    Tam says

    MIss Hattie and Roscoe are quite the pair! If they hatched a chick together, which parent would it resemble? And of course it would inherit their independent natures!