Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Leave(s)

This morning I raked the leaves gathering on the tarp over the chicken run into the corner, and the girls are loving them. I guess you could call this a "chicken enrichment program," similar to what zoos do to keep their residents mentally and physically occupied. ha

The tarp covering has been such a blessing; although the rainy season has begun, the girls can still enjoy daily dust baths.

Unfortunately, we have had a hen leave us. Roosty, the last of our original four chicks, died sometime Monday night after looking peaked for a day or so. She was one of Brian's, so he consoled himself by cuddling Sweet Cheeks. Sweet boy.
That's it for now from . . .

11 comments:

Mama Pea said...

Oh gosh, I do miss having an abundance of deciduous trees that make such a wonderful blanket to scuffle through . . . or scratch through if you're a chicken.

Sorry to hear of Roosty's passing. It's good Brian has others he can give attention to. It helps.

thecrazysheeplady said...

Brian IS a sweet boy.

Susan said...

Sweet boy is right. I raked up a pile of bark and stuff and it thrilled the hens for hours! They are so easy to entertain. Sorry about Roosty - it always seems to happen so fast.

Voni said...

The chickens look like their having a good time. Sorry to hear Brian lost one of his pets. That's a hard thing to happen for a kid. Both of my daughters just lost their rabbit and guinea pig.

Erica said...

Sorry about the chicken:-(

Kelly said...

It's nice that Brian has such a kind heart, which I'm sure he's inherited from his parents. The critters in your life seem to have found their "sweet spot".
Sorry you lost one of your flock, please give Brian my heartfelt condolences.

Leigh said...

What a precious photo of Brian. It's always sad to lose a critter you cared for. I love the look of your Speckled Sussex. Very attractive birds.

Thistle Cove Farm said...

love that first photo...great!

CrankyPuppy said...

Love your beautiful speckled chickens. What breed are they?

Michelle said...

I haven't utilized them before, Mama Pea, because they were wet and the run was wet and everything just got mucky. If I had an empty stall I think I'd FILL it with leaves to utilize throughout the winter as fresh litter for the henhouse!

You've seen him at his best, Sara.

Susan, easy to entertain AND entertaining - hard to beat, huh? :-)

Oh, I'm sorry for your girls, Voni!

Thanks, Erica.

We're trying to instill that in him Kelly; sometimes he struggles.

Thanks, Sandra!

Those are Speckled Sussex, CrankyPuppy.

farmlady said...

Sorry about Roosty. We had an older hen do the same thing a few weeks back. I'm sorry.
I didn't know that chickens like leaves. Does it matter what kind? I have a ton of them all over the place right now. It's suppose to freeze tonight, so the rest of the leafs will probably fall. Might as well give the hens a fun, autumn Sunday.
Love the photos.