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Tag: Chickens & Pets

Hilde Went Over the Rainbow Bridge Yesterday

My pretty, little, good girl Hilde died from a colic yesterday 🙁 She was one of the “senior staff” in the flock and the real leaderess of the pack. She gifted us many delicious eggs, always lively and cheerful.

Unfortunately, most sick animals won’t let you recognize any symptoms or weaknesses until it’s far too late, so we might not have reacted in good time. Sickness, winter and humid cold seem to have tipped her over the edge. Although we kept her warm and cozy close to the radiator in our living room, and – following the vet’s recommendation – giving her vitamins and concentrated food, she finally didn’t make it. 

Poor little Hilde, I hope she lived her best chicken life in my backyard chicken’s playground.


Chickens! Image Compilation

The chicken girl-gang in my backyard. All of them have names, they do indeed have different personalities and they’re living their best lives in their little universe, doing their fun and exciting chicken things all day long.


The Lady of the House: Gattina Picture Compilation

So here’s an image-collection of my big, beautiful, bulky and brave still-a-kitten Lady of the House “Gattina”. A german slang word for a cute small kitten is “Maunzele” (“Meower”) and that’s what I still call her – and “Gattina” is Italian for “Kitten” – that says it all, although she’s really more of a “Big Mama” by now… 🙂


Chicken Treats

After over two years of keeping (hopefully happy) chickens in my backyard now, here are my girl’s top treats (occasionally and aside from their normal ⤷ laying grains and ⤷ grain feed diet):


Chickens and their Eggs

 

Pretty, protective, full-throated and enraged Henriette, when we tried to collect her own freshly laid egg 🙂 (She got over it and she’s very well used to us rummaging around in the den).


Sunbathing

 
My lovely Lady of the House enjoying the morning sunrays in her favourite flower bed 🙂


Wind Egg or “Cock’s Egg” Explained

Priscilla laid a so-called wind egg the last days, the first one I ever even saw in real life. It’s a complete egg, but with only a membrane, thus just missing a calcium shell. They were called cock’s eggs traditionally since it was believed they were laid by cocks in former times.

Here’s wikipedia’s information on this (german language, since unfortunately the english version isn’t worth a dime).


The Chicken Board

One of these ideas that you stumble upon on the internet and wonder why the actual fu** you didn’t think of that by yourself… 🙂

Have you ever picked up a piece of wood from the ground in a shadowy place in the garden and noticed the lots of insects and worms wildly crawling around beneath it? Why not do that on purpose for the chickens? It seems to be called a “chicken board” and it’s as simple and as unremarkable as that.

Well, as you can see, mine is not exactly a “board” but any flat item of reasonable size will do. Just place it on the ground in a shadowy and damp place and move it every 3-4 days, revealing the accumulation of delicious treats below. Your chickens will love the all-you-can-eat buffet of yummyness served to them!