Thursday, July 26, 2012

The hens are two years old!

I really can't believe it's been two years since they arrived!

We celebrated their 2nd birthday today.
It was a low key affair. ;-)
Oats in the treat tin and a birthday picture.
A good time was had by all. :-)

I lost one hen this spring.  Little Emmy Lou.  
Not sure what happened to her.  
No signs of a snake or predator getting her.
She was always the lowest in the pecking order,
and maybe the other hens just didn't let her
get enough food and water. :-(
She was fine the day before, 
and then she was gone.  
Such is life on the farm.
But, I still do miss her.  

I also lost one of my girls I got from the feed store in April.
I learned a hard lesson that even if the temperature outside
is warm enough for a chick, a draft can still get them.  
Miranda was already over a month old
but she got wet from dumping the waterer over 
and then chilled outside in a draft. :-(

Thankfully Carrie is still doing well.
It's about time to let her in with the older hens.
I'm a bit worried since it was supposed to be 
two new ones to introduce to the flock.
She has been right next to the other hens
for several months now since I moved her outside,
but in a separate run. 
So we'll have to just see how it goes...

Chicken keeping is always an adventure. :-)

Linked to Barn Hop #72.