Posts Tagged ‘chickens

03
Jun
18

the girls…

“If I didn’t start painting, I would have raised chickens….Life is what you make it. Always has been. Always will be.” Grandma Moses

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27
Jan
16

Why did the chicken cross the road?

Well there are interesting, far reaching suggestions and then a historical perspective:

The riddle appeared in an 1847 edition of The Knickerbocker, a New York City monthly magazine: ‘There are ‘quips and quillets’ which seem actual conundrums, but yet are none. Of such is this: ‘Why does a chicken cross the street?[’] Are you ‘out of town?’ Do you ‘give it up?’ Well, then: ‘Because it wants to get on the other side!’  (Wiki)

But, I doubt anyone ever considered “to get to the seafood place”! Just saying…….

18
May
14

Photography: Early Risers & The Cottage

The roosters have apparently gained the wrath of slumbering neighbors in a portion of SE Portland. They start their call to duty around 0300 hrs. Well before first light or the early bird Robins first chirps, these boys have marching orders next week for a more rural environment.

photography-early risers-chickens-roosters-SwittersBI met the Roosters and their Hens in a side yard of a quaint ‘cottage’ like dwelling. It was, again, one of those “I need to stop and photograph that…” prompts. I did stop and shoot some images. A lovely, vine enshrouded house with a secret corners, an open vegetable garden and the owner emerging and enquiring as to my purpose. I explained my interest in the garden, landscaping etc. He, Ben, noticed my ‘SwittersB & Fly Fishing’ decal on the back of my rig. Before long we had discussed fly fishing (he liked larger fly patterns over smaller fly patterns: “I like fly fishing not flea fishing”), the Metolius River in Central Oregon, and fly tying. Before long, Ben had finessed an order for larger fly patterns from me, “big Stone fly nymphs and big Caddis”. I happily agreed and intend to soon drop them by and take Ben up on the “I will give you a tour” offer. A nice moment from stopping by and enjoying the view.

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10
May
14

The Girls Were Crying Take Me, Take Me!

I walked into an area feed store looking for some implement or such. I was met by the shrill peeping sound of hundreds of chicks, hens, filling the four corners with their high pitched peeps.

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30
Nov
13

Salmonella & Chicken Poop

Whose Feathers?

“Don’t Look At Me”

If you or someone you know is raising some hens for eggs or more, then share this LINK re cleanliness and avoiding illness. Wash your hands and watch the transference of that chicken poop about your property.

“Salmonella can be found in the intestines of chickens. That means that their droppings can be infected. And because chickens are often in a confined space, there is a good chance that their feathers, feet and beaks also have Salmonella on them just from their walking around in their environment.

The germs can also get on anything they come in contact with – their cages, coops, water dishes, hay and dirt.

In other words, just by working with your chickens, you can get Salmonella on your hands, shoes, clothes, etc. And this creates the environment that allows you to get infected.”

27
Jul
12

Chicken Parts: Amy Elizabeth’s Chicken Rearing

All things Chickens and a Woman Ranching

21
Mar
09

Fly Tying & Chickens (Urban Chicken Farmers: Source of Feathers for Wings)

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Whose Feathers?

Whose Feathers?

Recently, at least in the Pacific NW, urban types are exploring lifestyles that were much the norm pre-WWII..organic back yard gardening and chicken & duck raising. The chicken part, from what I know, is not for meat production as much as eggs, organic matter and the process of small scale farming. For those of you that know someone contemplating this move or already doing it: the chicks at 3-6 months lose feathers of 3-5″ as their feathers become established and they molt many of their feathers as Spring turns into Summer and then re-establish their feathers…what this could mean to you is a sizable supply of feathers suitable for wings…hence the Harriet pattern. (maybe some eggs too!)  



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