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Goodbye George


George, our 2 year old rooster, left our farm yesterday.  His crime…too rough with the hens.  They were in danger of not having enough feathers and down on their backs to survive the winter.  They were trying to avoid him by staying outside the coop and pen and ended up roosting out in the elements, getting soaked.  Georgie Jr, his son, is taking a “time out” in a separate pen until the hens fully recover.  For the first time in weeks all of the hens spent the night sheltered in the coop.


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New hens are enjoying their new home and pasture!

Foraging in the freshly mowed pasture.

Our young rooster has taken charge of our eight new hens.  He’s doing an excellent job leading them into the pasture by day and then back to the coop in the evening.   They have settled in nicely and are laying lots of eggs!

Georgie Junior and his new hens.

Free range heaven!

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New Hens added to our flock.

Last night Harold and I drove to Northwood, NH and picked up 8 hens from two wood-worker women.  They make amazingly beautiful wooden bowls, mantles, furniture and art pieces. They reluctantly had to give up their beloved hens due to vicious fox attacks.  The hens are  one and 1/2 years old and include 4 Buff Orpington, 2 Black Sex-links, 2 Lace Wyandottes.   They were sleeping when I put them in the coop and seem to be doing well this morning.  They are keeping to themselves as a group.  So far no fighting.  We will be adding a thick blanket of pasture grasses to keep them all occupied, digging and scratching.  Later today I’ll add more nesting boxes in the coop.

Welcome to your new home, girls.

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Our does are begining to look pregnant…especially Nashoba and Trace.  I swear I felt babies as I gave them each a massage on the milk stand yesturday.

I cleared an area in the chicken run and spread out hay and hid cracked corn in it to give the chickens someting to do besides hang out in the coop.  They are laying beautiful, large eggs…in spite of the snowy and cold winter weather.

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Great weather for a day filled with farm chores.  We ran electricity out to the barn for the heated water bucket and lights.  We also ran electricity out to the chicken coop for a light to increase light hours and stimulate egg production…winter break is over, girls!   The ground defrosted enough to pound in three more fence posts for the new gates for our fenced in meadow and gardens.  We picked up a free plastic playhouse from a generous craigslister.  It will make a good shelter for our alternate goat enclosure.  The goats had a good time playing in it while I finished working in the barn.

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