Just a quick video of the lady chickens getting their New Years Day breakfast.
THIS IS WHY WE SIGN UP FOR THE NEWSLETTER! (Because otherwise, how would I have ever known to come looking for this!)
Hurray!!Hurray!! Hurray!!Hurray!! Hurray!!Hurray!! Hurray!!Hurray!!Hurray!!Hurray!!
Happy New Year! (Ummmm, you do realize it’s January 3, right? You haven’t been asleep all this time, right?)
Thanks for the post, I always love to see how the girls are doing! How did you prepare the pumpkin?
I diced the pumpkin and cooked it in a skillet. I was cooking it to make pumpkin ravioli. Which was delicious. ~ karen!
Nice to hear your voice! And the chickens too! We had chickens when I was a kid and I love all the different sounds they can make. Some of their noises are so comforting to me and I don’t know why. I need some chickens.
They’re adorable, totally agree with Barb, chicken noises are great. But watching them eat eggs kinda weirded me out…
It just doesn’t feel right to feed them eggs. LOL
OH yeah.. I just realized that too… Chickens eatting eggs.. and they were probably THEIR eggs… OH wait… now I AM grossed out…. But nice video nevertheless!
Too funny! I thought the same thing.
I wonder if they even get nutrients from food that comes from their own body? You know, kind of how humans can drink their own pee… (soz.)
Well the key difference there is pee is human waste while eggs are nutrient filled food. ~ karen!
Your girls get along well.. One of mine is not usually allowed to join in any reindeer games. She’s the flock b*tch.
I broke down and bought a heat lamp last night.. -34 with windchill is my breaking point..
The light is so RED I am pretty sure they all woke up with a tan.. I considered piping in techno music and then calling the cops to complain that they were throwing a rave.
I don’t know how they sleep in there.. I am also considering getting them little sleep masks..
All this worry until tomorrow morning when I will shut off the lamp because it’ll be -1 again.
(Happy New Year!)
I have lights on during the day in their coop and run. The one in the coop helps heat it up a bit, but it shuts off automatically at 9:00 p.m. I’ve left the light on for them a couple of times in the past to keep it warm(er) for them throughout the night, but it screws them up so badly having the light on. They get all confused and don’t sleep. ~ karen!
Doesn’t eating one’s own genetic material lead to madness???
Then again, many mammals eat their placenta for much-needed protein after the stress of birthing…so who really knows?
I un-muted my speaker to see if you talked to the girls while feeding them and I heard Michael Jackson singing “Don’t Stop ’til You Get Enough”! I thought that that was an apt song for you to add to the video until I remembered that I was listening to live radio, and that was what was playing to your girls eating! I LAUGHED and almost sent my tea out through my nose! Don’t you hate that???!!
Thanks for the vid of the girls. Love seeing them and hearing them too was great! I have box turtles in my dining room all winter. They have a light w timer, but they also have a kind of coil thingy that does not give off light, just slow quiet heat, not a lot of heat. It hangs above them and has an aluminum deflector that looks like a lamp shade. Had it for years, and I think one or two for your girls might be helpful. Oh, and hearing your voice as well as theirs was the icing on the cake! Stay warm, all you chicks!
Eggs? What, have they become cannibals? Once they learn how tasty their eggs are, (and they ARE), you’ll never get another one!
Pumpkin raviolis… with butter and sage? YUM.
Your chickens are pampered pullets. I envy them!
Finally. A dose of Karen’s chickens.
Is there no other solution for the cold besides lights? Should you have built in heated floors?
Chickens eating their own eggs…infanticide! Having raised two very boisterous boys (now in their early 30s), I can understand why it happens, but managed to resist eating my own. Once your girls realize what they’ve done are you prepared to offer access to therapy? They may need it.
Happy New YEAR! To you and the girls both!
So sweet! I don’t have chickens but I do have squirrels. Babies that were born this past Spring. It’s been so cold and they’ve been eating from the bird feeders. This morning I gave them toasted eggo waffles, spread with crunchy peanut butter and cut in little wedges, with some unsalted peanuts and sunflower seeds and a chopped up apple. I put it in a brown paper bag, tossed it out the window, onto the patio and then I got to watch them come out of the spruce trees, open the bag and have their breakfasts. It’s as good as mine. Am I the only person who loves squirrels? I would love chickens too, but they’d be more work.
Yes!! My neighbour feeds the squirrels and then they bury it in my gardens. Not her garden! Then a few get hit on the road. Nature has enough for them to survive, but I do agree the -temps does over rule once in a while. Cheers
I loved squirrels until this year when they suddenly started chewing on my siding and new gutters. Now I have a vendetta.
Well now..It’s about time we got to check in with those lovely ladies..I see they are eating better than me these days..lol..Thanks for sharing!
I had the same reaction as most others here when I saw the plate — oh, surely she’s not feeding them eggs, that’s not eggs?! Then it occurred to me that cooked eggs (and those are) would be entirely different and not at all like “eating your own”. That’s actually how we (meaning “I”) justify not being a vegetarian. Obviously the girls loved their special breakfast, so it’s all good.
I am one of the fortunate few who don’t have to go to all the trouble to raise chickens to have those sweet, soft, chicken noises and the best eggs, because my next-door-neighbor has them. And she doesn’t believe me when I say I actually love hearing her girls clucking, so she regularly brings me fresh eggs to thank me for being such a good neighbor. Sometimes it makes me feel dirty, because I do love their noises, but I gratefully accept the eggs anyway.
kinda cannabillistic eh?
Ok, that is a first for me….I grew up with chickens and l dont remember our chickens ever being fed eggs…but the more l think about it, maybe it was because WE ate them all and there was never any left to feed to them. Your girls are GORGEOUS!!!!! l am looking forward to one day leaving Fla. and going back to Ga. where we have a piece of land and being able to have chickens, I want some chickens soooo bad, I Love when you show us video or pics of the girls.
I loved watching the girls gobble up their treat breakfast. I gave my dog an egg this morning – raw. It was fun to watch. Finally poked one tiny hole in it and she then got the scent and went nuts. Egg shells still scattered on the patio because it’s too damn cold to go out and clean up. 21 degrees this morning, which is mighty cold for Georgia.
Loved the video, brought me back to my childhood and the sounds of the chicken house. I have a question about the rooster graphic – is it yours? I would like to print it out but would only do so if it was not copyrighted and if it is copyrighted where may I purchase? Happy New Year and keep on inspiring us for sure. j.
Hi Jojo – Thanks for asking. That is actually a free graphic provided by The Graphics Fairy which you can get here. ~ karen!
Should have known! I am a huge fan of The Graphic’s Fairy! Thank you so much! j.
Just a note on heating for chickens…
We installed this
last year after one of our heavily moulting girls froze in the -26 degree weather we had.
They seem to be much happier in the cold now and no issues with too much light (my girls didn’t like the light either)
So far so good good with the extreme cold we’ve had in Niagara these past couple of days.
Thanks Jennifer! I wouldn’t use it often, only on nights like tonight when it’s down around -20 or so. They’re actually WAY better in the cold than the heat. I would like this for peace of mind though. Can you tell me if it is hot to the touch? ~ karen! p.s. Also tell me if you know of one that cools instead of heats, lol. Summer’ll be here before you know it.
Yes we had the whether or not to heat debate and did alot of research on it, but we only use it on very cold nights just to take the edge off, although the few eggs I’ve gotten lately have been frozen so maybe I do need it during the day It is warm but not hot to the touch. I could use a cooling one for my bedroom never mind the chickens haha!
Great. Thanks! I just wanted to make sure it wouldn’t burn the chickens. Because they’re stupid with that sort of thing, lol. I’m actually thinking of keeping it in my mudroom and just bringing it out to the coop on nights like you say. -20 or more. Thanks again. ~ karen!
Look into reptile ceramic heaters. They will provide heat without emitting light and fit into light bulb sockets. I’m not sure of how well one will heat a larger space. Perhaps they come in a larger size. Or you could use multiples.
I do love the sound of chickens.
the cooing of the chicks is so sweet, i can tell they are happy birds. you are such a good keeper of animals.
I’ll be babysitting chickens again soon! I think I might cook them up some pumpkin too, but no eggs….they will be all mine. Happy New Year Karen!
How ironic. They are eating eggs! I hope they arent their own. LOL
I know 0 about chickens, well, I do know I like them crispy and prefer dark meat… I had no idea they ate eggs!? Is there anything they won’t eat?
Mine don’t like weird things. Things they *should* like. Like raspberries or strawberries. They also won’t eat celery. But they LOVE warm oatmeal. ~ k!
Happy New Year! We have new neighbors and they have the most beautiful chickens – six of them! I can’t have them since we rent but I get to watch the neighbors. I don’t know their names so have been making my own for them. Chickens don’t mind if they have a few names. So far I have Peat Moss and Peach Lambic.
Well, no. To be cannibals they’d have to eat each other. Which, btw, they are naturally inclined to do. They’re producing food with their eggs, not babies. There’s no rooster in town. Without a rooster there’s no fertilization. Not that it really makes any difference. They’re high in protein and nutrients and one of the best things you can give your chickens to help them produce eggs is … eggs! ~ karen
Oh wow – never knew they were inclined to eat one another =\ I knew they’d pick on weak/sick/injured ones, but wasn’t aware that it was a normal ‘thing’ with them.
Guess my learning about them isn’t done, yet Thank you for the info and happy New Year
I wasn’t worried about the eggs you fed them, but I was worried that the other stuff might be ….. chicken! If you fed them that, you’d be an abomination (according to Lilo from “Lilo and Stitch”). So I’m glad to know it was pumpkin, and it looked pretty darn good. I’ll have to try it sometime!
Beautiful girls PETA calls eggs periods… I love fresh eggs and fresh meat. (private rancher raised) Pigs would eat bacon if they were given it. I was glad there was no worms this time.
Eggs!? Yeah the eggs totally weirded me out.
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