Monday, November 10, 2008
Chicken Nuggets Anyone?
So my chickens are now 17 weeks old. I've been checking everyday for eggs. These freeloaders need to start laying soon and earning their keep. The girls should be laying any day now. I'm looking forward to fresh eggs instead of the gross things they sell in the grocery store. One chicken is definitely moulting and it has no feathers under it's chin and looks ridiculous. Apparently chickens may not lay during cold weather, moulting season, tax season the lunar eclipse. I have no idea.
These pampered birds have the cleanest coop in town. I rake out the pine shavings in their coop daily and rake out their run. I hate a stinky coop. My coop doesn't smell at all-really.
I went on the chicken forum.....ok that makes me a total farm girl, when I knew nothing about how to raise day old chicks. It's actually quite informative. Back Yard Chickens.com if anyone is interested. So I wrote in to see what the signs of imminent laying were (yes they really it call it that). Some said to check their wattles-they should be bright red. They are. And has anyone ever noticed that chicken wattles look exactly like female labia? Just thought I'd throw that out there. And now that the vision of labia are forever burned into your retinas, here's something more.
The chicken forum also told me to check their "vents". Uhhhhh-is that next to labia because I want no part of it. The vent is where the egg comes out of. Chickens don't have labia's. What exactly am I supposed to be looking for in a vent? Dust bunnies? Now from what they tell me the vent is supposed to be moist (helps the egg to make a fast exit. Makes sense. Totally repulsive but makes sense. I think this is chicken foreplay. God help me. Okay, after playing chicken run in the coop trying to catch all 6 chickens I check them all except Chipmunk (the moulting one)because she craps down my leg as she screams in panic that I might kill her. Nope-no moisture in any vents.
Now-just so you know-when we take the dog to the vet and they say, "You need to express his anal glands," I also back away from that. That's what I have a vet for. Have at it. Unfortunately, there don't seem to be any local chicken vets around.
So for now I will patiently wait for my girls to start doing their thing and am looking forward to some fresh eggs.