Sunday, April 17, 2011

New Chicks

   Did I mention that we have baby chick's? They scurry around the pen like tiny bugs. I've tried to shoot pictures of them this week, but it's the first brood for mama hen and she's super protective. In fact, she tried to peck the stone out of my ring when I put a lid full of starter/grower food down for the babies.


  No matter how softly I talk or reassuring I try to be, when I step into the pen to give them fresh water and food, she makes this frantic chicken sound that seems to be saying -- CHICKEN SLAYER!!! YOU WILL TOUCH MY BABIES ONLY OVER MY DEAD BODY YOU BIG NARLEY THING WITH AN UGLY BEAK!!!!! 


  I used to disregard attacking chickens, but we had a game hen a few years ago that came off the nest and pecked me on the wrist. She managed to sink her razor sharp beak up to her eye balls in one of my veins. Jilda thought it was hilarious until she saw the blood coming out of my arm. After I stopped bleeding she did tell one of her friends that I was henpecked. Since this is a G-Rated blog, I won't repeat what I said to her, but it made her laugh even more.


  Anyhow, in a few days I should be able to slip in and get a few pics of the chicks without losing an eye. 


On another note, as we were walking today Jilda said LOOK! I stepped back to have a closer look and saw our first chicken snake of the season. He was a baby -- probably 2 1/2 feet long.


NOTE TO SELF: Keep baby chicken snake away from baby chicks.


I hope you all have a remarkable week.

10 comments:

  1. Wow. That is one big snake!!! I have a feeling that mama hen will be a match for it though - they're ninja warrior chickens when it comes to protecting their babies!!

    Awwww yay for the baby chicks!!! Take care
    x

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  2. I loved it when my sister had chickens. they are so entertaining. she called them the 'borg'. she got rid of them when her husband died.

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  3. "CHICKEN SLAYER" -- thanks for the laugh!

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  4. Snakes are just plain gross! Gross. Baby snake that big is no baby in my book!

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  5. I had no idea chickens were so dangerous.

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  6. I can't wait to see the pictures. They sound precious!

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  7. Glad I stumbled on your blog - can't wait to see pics of the baby chicks!

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  8. Thanks all. You can almost see those like tikes growing.
    I'll take the big camera out tomorrow with the telephoto and I should be able to snap a few without too many injuries.

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  10. That's one b-i-g, l-o-n-g snake! I'd be keeping him away from chicks and eggs! Put some glass eggs in the chicken nests...he won't ever swallow but one glass egg! (My Mom used to have vintage glass eggs she used to encourage the chickens to lay!) When you think savage think game cocks...they fight to the death and don't have to be trained or encouraged. Chickens will also peck a disabled, weak chicken to death! And Old Kitty is right chickens are ferocious when it comes to protecting their young! I do love chickens by the way, have had several flocks of chickens over the years and enjoyed every minute of it.

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