Sunday, February 8, 2015

The Bird Lady

Well, it finally happened.  We got chickens.  And I am in chicken love.
 In fact, I think our whole family is in chicken love!
Meet Violet, Miss Honey, and Amber (L-R)  We got these three young chickens from a friend.  They are not old enough to lay, but it should happen any day now!
 They came with a little coop, and Mark built an outdoor run. 
 They don't really like to be held, but sometimes we insist on it!
We then got another two young chickens from another friend.  They were getting picked on in their own flock.  I'll have to include pictures of them later.
Okay, so here is my friend Jen, who really IS already a crazy bird lady (she has chickens AND ducks.  And a parrot).  Jen brought a little science experiment from her flock.  She had a brooding hen who was sitting on a bunch of eggs, and after several weeks, she abandoned the nest.  So Jen wanted to investigate.  She candled them (i.e. shined a bright light through them) first, and we could see that there was something inside.  So naturally, we broke them open.
 I won't show you real close-up pictures.  It was not for the faint of heart, and Andrews face demonstrates!
 But it WAS really interesting. Good science lesson, right in our front yard! 
And it motivated us to talk about getting an incubator.  Let the chicken sit on some golf balls! 
Yep, I'm well on my way to becoming a crazy bird lady too!

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