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First day allowed out in the grass. +1. Loved it lots. Would recommend to other chickens.

Carefully supervised, of course. They got lunged at a few times, pecked once or twice. Mostly ignored.

Yes, Vita got her licks in, I’m happy to say. It was great to see her stick up for her position at last. Nobody was hurt, just lots of squeaking and flapping. And peeping and burbling and scratching and pecking. A good time was had by all. There will be video here, as soon as it’s done uploading. Which will be, like, another hour even though it’s just a minute long, because our upload speed sucks.

Yes, fuck it, I went with chickens again. Good weekend, folks!


Comment from scottthebadger
Time: June 14, 2013, 10:00 pm

HOWDY, HOWDY, HOWDY, small chickens!

Comment from AliceH
Time: June 14, 2013, 10:09 pm

Ewww… after I expressly avoided clicking a link to it from Ace a day or so ago, I just saw the kitten-with-two-faces on the sidebar of your youtube page.

I’ll never un-see that. Never.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: June 14, 2013, 10:38 pm

Ow. Ew. Sorry, AliceH. When it goes live, I’ll embed the YouTube.

Not long now.

Comment from Deborah
Time: June 14, 2013, 10:42 pm

So So Cute! Happy to hear that Vita got to express her feelings. Can’t wait to learn how they sort out who sits where in the coop. Did you tell us what breed these chicks are? I can’t remember.

Comment from Deborah
Time: June 14, 2013, 10:47 pm

Watched the video. Very sweet.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: June 14, 2013, 10:48 pm

Here we go. But don’t click this either, AliceH. Or don’t watch it all the way through, anyway. Unfortunate freak kitty is one of the thumbnails at the end.

Shame I couldn’t have uploaded it in Uncle B’s glorious hi def, but we’d be here all night.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: June 14, 2013, 10:50 pm

Deborah, they’re all six different colors of Pekin bantam. Their signal characteristic is feathery feet. And that knobby tail. And grumpy faces.

Someone described them as looking like angry tea cosies.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: June 14, 2013, 10:52 pm

Coco has some residual baby chick fluff on her head; that’s the white bits. Very hard for a chicken to groom her head.

We reckon Chicken Lady screwed up big time; Coco is about half the size of Maggie. She’s a feisty little miss, though, and they’re doing fine together.

Comment from Skandia Recluse
Time: June 14, 2013, 11:23 pm

Are you going to train them to do tricks? Dance, strut, attack the dog?

Comment from AliceH
Time: June 14, 2013, 11:23 pm

Happy to report my ‘ewww’ is completely transformed to ‘awww…’

I wish I had some chickens. Stupid city zoning. We’re about as rural as one can get and still have names instead of numbers for street signs, but … no chickens, goats, horses, donkeys in the “city” limits.

Comment from stina
Time: June 15, 2013, 12:13 am

Soooo cute… Coco looks like she could fit in the palm of your hand; good thing she’s feisty.

I have friends living a few miles out in the country who are planning on getting chickens next spring. I can’t wait (we have buzzkill city zoning like AliceH); I’ve already called dibs on chicken-feeding and -visiting (and -videotaping) duties when my friends go on vacations!

Comment from PatAZ
Time: June 15, 2013, 12:22 am

Love the chickies.

And someone won with Nelson Mandela, I presume.

Comment from tomfrompv
Time: June 15, 2013, 3:05 am

Do all chickens act this way? At one time I wanted a couple, just for the fresh egg angle. But they sound so nasty, much worse than cats. Or Democrats.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: June 15, 2013, 12:16 pm

They’re basically little dinosaurs, Tom. But they wouldn’t be nasty to you. They think you’re the most wonderful thing in the world — part of the joy of keeping chickens, the ego boost. They’re like puppies.

If either of us walks into the garden, they all come flying up as if to say, “ZOMG, it’s you! That is so awesome!”

Comment from PatAZ
Time: June 15, 2013, 4:26 pm

Sorry about the premature announcement about Mandela. I thought it said he died. duh.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: June 15, 2013, 4:45 pm

S’okay, Pat. I knew it was a false alarm. The stupid internet is going to ‘splode when he goes.

Comment from Stark Dickflüssig
Time: June 15, 2013, 5:59 pm

Chickens > Nelson “Necklace” Mandela

Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: June 15, 2013, 6:01 pm

Sigh –

It’s been one of those days

Comment from Mojo
Time: June 15, 2013, 6:01 pm

The lizard brain has connected to to its food source.

Comment from Bob Mulroy
Time: June 15, 2013, 7:33 pm

Those are some mighty fine chickens! May you be up to your noses in eggs before you know it.

Comment from Stark Dickflüssig
Time: June 16, 2013, 1:20 am

The e-net-web-chicken says, “Blog blog blog.”

Comment from woolie
Time: June 16, 2013, 6:59 am

100 MILLION DOLLARS for this Africa trip. Sequester? fuck.

Comment from dissent555
Time: June 16, 2013, 3:38 pm

Visual evidence seems to confirm that early chicken development is about 90% feathers. Is that about right?

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: June 16, 2013, 9:29 pm

I’d estimate adult chicken is about 90% feathers, also. I soaked one in a bucket once. Long story.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: June 16, 2013, 9:41 pm

Hello! I’m that wet hen you’ve heard so much about:

Comment from Janna
Time: June 16, 2013, 10:52 pm

Ok, now you need to explain…just what you were doing to that poor dear.

She looks like she wants to kill you in your sleep. Or, leave a special present in your wellies.

Comment from Feynmangroupie
Time: June 17, 2013, 2:19 am

Chicken: http://imgur.com/gallery/NrQ9e

Comment from UrEvilTwin
Time: June 17, 2013, 4:19 am

Really… more chickens? Really. I come here for political theater and distraction. Chickens just remind me of the dog-eat-dog world I live in everyday. How about some analogy or metaphor or something to make chickens like me. Put them in a cubicle or something. Huh?

Comment from tomfrompv
Time: June 17, 2013, 5:29 am

Apparently those chickens are the real world. They peck each other mercilessly and then give the product of their labor – the egg- to “the Man”.

And the Man eats that egg. Doesn’t pay for it so the chicken can get a leg up. Just provides slave quarters. And cheap food.

Rather than rebel against the tyranny, the chickens are content to peck each other mercilessly.

Sounds like real life to me.

Comment from scr_north
Time: June 17, 2013, 6:36 am

Well those two chickens are looking pretty intense especially the white one. Are you giving them last minute instructions before they go out to pull a bank job?

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: June 17, 2013, 12:13 pm

That wasn’t the worst thing I did to that poor chicken. She stopped laying and I thought she was eggbound (which can be fatal). So in addition to soaking her in a bucket of warm water, I also applied olive oil to her vent. Details of this operation not forthcoming. (Is this sounding more like corporate life, EvilTwin?)

Turns out, she’d just gone broody. She does this every year.

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