The view out my kitchen window
Of course it's pretty noisy, with people walking on the roof, the scraping and then the nailing. At the first unusual sound, all of the cats disappeared into whatever hidey-hole they have found for themselves. The bunnies are unconcerned. The chickens did a little frantic "the sky is falling, the sky is falling" skittering around, but settled down quickly and are now ignoring it. As for me, I'm going to escape to a CLUCK meeting for a few hours this afternoon. A guest speaker is going to talk about feather condition and how it relates to overall health in chickens.
Abigail is done with the mom thing. Don't get me wrong, she is still a good mom to the chicks, she just isn't single-mindedly dedicated to them anymore. One evening when the chicks were screaming and jumping all over her, I thought I detected that familiar harried look one sees on the faces of mothers of youngsters from time to time. I took her out of the coop and put her on her favorite perch by the window, and could almost hear her sigh with relief. Those perch sessions have become more frequent, and she doesn't act all that eager to go back in with the young'uns.
Abigail also started laying again this week. While I wasn't getting eggs, I bought Chelsey's Eggs at Good Foods. After viewing a video (which I will NOT be posting here) of a commercial hatchery, I don't think I can ever eat grocery store eggs again. These come from pastured chickens in Pleasureville, KY. They are good and very big. Sometimes the carton will hardly close. Here is Abigail's egg next to one of the Chelsey ones -
Store-bought egg on the left - Abigail's egg on the right
Not bad for a bantam, huh!
I split up the little family today. There was a bit too much sparring going on, and one of the chicks looked like it was having some feathers picked out. The coop is also getting a little crowded, since the chicks are nearly half the size of the hen now. I split up the two I think are boys, and put one in with Dolley. After a couple of sharp pecks to let it know who's boss, she seemed to like the change. Chickens are flock animals, and she has wanted to join the family all along. This week Abigail actually let her join them in their cage for a little while! That's how much she has mellowed out.
( I like the big round eyes on the Cochins)
The little one had some periods of peeping and pacing, but also settled down sometimes to scratch and peck in the litter. I'm less sure this week that it's a cockerel than I was last week. The comb isn't growing and the wattles are barely there. But then I look at the "girl," and she looks very different than the other two....... See why I haven't named anyone yet? I am so convinced of the girl though that I have been running through First Lady names, to see if one fits. There haven't been any takers on the feelers I've put out on the other two though. I hope I have some time to find homes for them before one or both starts crowing or .........you know.
My fall crops have really liked the rain and cool temps we had this week. It was perfect for germinating the seeds. I haven't had anything to harvest for a while though - no tomatoes in over a week. I had some San Marzanos I picked last week I hadn't done anything with yet, so I made a pan of these. When I first the tasted them, the skins were very apparent, and I thought I might try to skin them first if I made them again. I put them in a jar in the fridge rather than the freezer, since I didn't have that many, and this morning tossed some in the pan with my breakfast eggs. Yum!! Skins had softened and they just needed a bit of time to meld the flavors. Today I made a batch of this. It filled a quart jar with a little left over. She's right. It's so good I wanted to just sit down with a spoon and dig in. I'm planning upcoming meals with this in mind as a topping.