;

Getting the Chickens Under Control

Mar
19

Girls?
img_41187
First of all, you need to get tidy. You’re not pigs. You’re chickens.
img_40953
Stop throwing the straw out of your nest, and start polishing your eggs a little bit. Let’s keep it clean. And would you start sitting on that nest already? I want babies.
img_40462
Also, whoever is laying on the floor?
img_40473
Cut it out.

And you. Mean rooster!
img_41218
Stop looking at me and huffing at me and nipping at my legs.

And the rest of you hens? Those of you who AREN’T LAYING???? Let’s practice some visualization techniques.
img_41239
Imagine you are in a beautiful garden filled with fruit and vegetables and cracked corn spilling from overturned buckets.

Now imagine you feel naked…..
img_32411
…..and hot.

You feel very, very hot.
img_32502
You feel burning, scalding, boiling hot.
img_41055
Because that garden? It’s chicken heaven, where you’re gonna be when YOU ARE FRYING IN A SKILLET. NOW START LAYING EGGS ALREADY!!!

And that goes for you, too, Mean Rooster. I mean, not the laying eggs part. I’m not calling you a hen!!!
img_41106
I’m just gonna leave now…..
img_40974
While I’ve got stuff under control and everything…..

Comments Leave a Comment
Share: |    Subscribe to my feed Subscribe
Posted by Suzanne McMinn on March 19, 2009  

More posts you might enjoy:


Sign up for the Chickens in the Road Newsletter



Comments

44 Responses
RSS feed for comments on this post | TrackBack this post

  1. 3-19
    1:52
    am

    HAHA you are so talented with your animal stories!

  2. 3-19
    4:08
    am

    No matter how much straw I put in the nesting boxes, they take it our an lay on the bare wood. The straw on the floor is pushed to one corner. I guess they have their own chicken feng shui! And why did I make so many nesting boxes when they all lay in one?

  3. 3-19
    4:25
    am

    I have been following your blog for quite a while now, and posts like this one crack me up. We bought a house in the country last November, and while we only have three acres (surrounded by many, many acres), we are working on acquiring some livestock. A friend is giving us a dozen laying hens (who are already seasoned layers) and a rooster, and we have ducklings and poults brooding in our foyer. Hubby is busy working on a coop for all of the poultry. Then will come rabbits, and he wants a goat or two…

  4. 3-19
    4:40
    am

    I see union organizers arriving on the scene.
    I see chickens on strike….be careful. You may have a chicken revolt LOL

  5. 3-19
    5:05
    am

    That’s right, girl, you tell ‘em who’s boss. Don’t let them chickens push you around. tee hee
    Love those close-ups!

  6. 3-19
    5:06
    am

    I absolutely love the chickens! :heart: I have decided that next spring I’m going for the raising of chickens. I want eggs. No rooster though. I’m still to close to suburbia for that and well, I just don’t want to deal with a meanie. :chicken:

  7. 3-19
    5:07
    am

    I see some of those extra roosters becoming chicken dinners too. You can always make chicken soup.

  8. 3-19
    6:00
    am

    I love your chickens, I am excited to see what my little chickies grow into!! What kind of Roo is that? He may be mean but he is handsome.

  9. 3-19
    6:00
    am

    That’s the spirit! A little tough love can work wonders, and your speech will wake those chickens up! If you have the time, would you mind coming over here and having a chat with a woodpecker that is determined to eat up our house? TIA!

  10. 3-19
    6:06
    am

    He may be mostly a barred rock? I’m not sure, but none of my chickens are purebreds. They are mutts.

  11. 3-19
    6:20
    am

    I have some freeloaders, too! I have so many that I have no idea which ones are freeloading. As for you rooster, kick him across the barnyard when he comes after you. You won’t hurt him and he will think twice about bothering you. I have a monthly fight with one of mine and I always win. :chicken:

  12. 3-19
    6:21
    am

    I love my chickens! They are so much fun to watch. I’ll often just sit in the coop and watch them interacting. (I’ll have to move that past time outside as it starts getting warmer!)

    I esp. love my little banty hens. They crack me up! They are finally getting to experience catching worms. Oh goodness! You’d think they found buried treasure! (well, I guess in a sense, they have!) They run around squealing and playing keep away from the big birds. ;)

  13. 3-19
    6:32
    am

    Heeheehee! Are you having chicken for dinner? or have they got back on the straight and narrow?

  14. 3-19
    7:05
    am

    Those chickens! You almost make me want some–except for the poop and the feeding and the watering and the poop and the dug up flowerbeds and the poop on the porch!

  15. 3-19
    7:14
    am

    Uh, huh. We all know how well that attempt to control worked with Clover….I can just see you building little individual chicken ramps with tiny headlocks to keep them in place on their nests. Oh, and tying one little chicken foot up to the side so it won’t kick you. As I said, uh, huh!!! :chicken: :chicken: :chicken:

  16. 3-19
    7:19
    am

    We have 9 hens, and I average 4-8 eggs a day. Yesterday, we had 9! (This was after my version of the chicken stew pot lecture). Every girl has contributed. They all lay in the same spot, and occasionally, there is some bickering over who is going to sit in that spot and lay at what time. One brave Rhode Island will even stick her head under a laying hen to see if she is done. That is my Quantity Control Chicken. She drives the others nuts. I never thought I would love chickens.

  17. 3-19
    7:30
    am

    An old farmer told me years ago to drizzle castor oil over the chicken food for a couple of days to jumpstart laying. It’s particularly effective after a molt. I usually notice a significant uptick in egg production over the next couple weeks.

  18. 3-19
    7:32
    am

    I love chickens. And their roosters. So…regal with that little crown of theirs. If we had another life, I’d do everything I didn’t get to do in this one. :)

  19. 3-19
    8:41
    am

    All I know is that I hate roosters. Mean, mean, mean and ornery. You don’t need one in order for the hens to lay, do you? I can’t remember.

    – Suzanne

  20. 3-19
    9:13
    am

    What a gorgeous rooster!

  21. 3-19
    9:22
    am

    Looks like they’re about to join a union;) Watch out!

  22. 3-19
    9:31
    am

    My eleven year old and I were laughing very hard at this one. We also like the BEEYOUTEEFUL photos of Mr. Rooster. Gorgeous. But don’t tell him that. He’ll be crowing and thinking he’s all cool.

  23. 3-19
    9:32
    am

    You tell ‘em, Suzanne!

  24. 3-19
    9:45
    am

    ROFLMAO!!!!!

  25. 3-19
    9:48
    am

    Just loved this post…you’re crackin’ me up!
    Write a book about about all these farm animal antics!

  26. 3-19
    10:20
    am

    Suzanne, if the tough love doesn’t work out, that chicken recipe Georgia posted today sounds GOOD! Maybe showing up in the henhouse with a can of soup and some cream cheese just might let them know who’s boos.

  27. 3-19
    11:49
    am

    I must really be warped – I thought you were going to give us a romance scene with the rooster and his chickens :help:

  28. 3-19
    12:20
    pm

    What if you confine the hens closer to the next? Would that make them more likely to sit?

  29. 3-19
    12:57
    pm

    I love Taryn’s QC bird. ha!

    And Suzanne, the last photo is calendar-worthy, don’t you agree??

  30. 3-19
    1:30
    pm

    Your rooster looks just like my “George” and he’s the nicest rooster I’ve ever encountered! He walks beside me and lets me pet him and my 6 year old daughter just walks over to him and picks him up. He’s huge and gorgeous. I have a blown up picture of him in my kitchen! Maybe your hens just aren’t ready to start setting yet. You can tell when they are getting broody because they are fluffed up ALL the time, even when walking around the yard. My Gypsy did this days before she started setting and has done it every time she wants to go broody. I think she is telling me what’s going on and preparing me. :heart:

  31. 3-19
    1:52
    pm

    Good luck training them! :wave: :chicken:

  32. 3-19
    1:58
    pm

    Those eggs are beautiful!

  33. 3-19
    2:11
    pm

    My silkie hen just hatched out two baby chicks. I’ve got pics on my blog if anyone would like to see. Out of all my chickens, the only two who have ever tried to set are my two silkie hens. Which is why I got them in the first place. Plus they are very cool to look at. Also, to keep my chickens laying through the winter, I keep a light in the chicken house until about ten at night. Although I have heard of a suggestion of putting cayenne pepper in their water to keep them warm and laying, but I haven’t tried this. Oh, and I love all your pictures. They are so great, they almost tell a story by themselves.

  34. 3-19
    2:32
    pm

    Good luck!

  35. 3-19
    2:54
    pm

    You tell ‘em!

  36. 3-19
    3:02
    pm

    I want to have a Barred Rock and name him Barrack. I voted for him, but I don’t know if he would appreciate having a mean old stubborn rooster with his namesake.

    Is the comb blackened from injury or frostbite? When I was little, we had bunch that it affected the way they walked and they forgot how to eat. They died soon after, but They just weren’t right after getting their comb frostbit so bad.

  37. 3-19
    3:06
    pm

    I think it’s frostbite, but he seems okay, mean as usual!

  38. 3-19
    6:40
    pm

    :lol: You may want to read the rooster post at American Way Farm’s blog and how she handled her meanie Rooster. She has an obituary dedicated to Androscoggin. Well worth reading and a laugh out loud! Here’s the link: http://americanwayfarm.blogspot.com/2009/03/obituary-androscoggin-rooster.html

  39. 3-19
    7:15
    pm

    LOL!!! HIlarious!

  40. 3-19
    7:33
    pm

    You said:
    I’m so eager to have new chicken babies. As soon as I have enough chickens, I can start free-ranging.

    How many chickens do you need to free-range, and why?

  41. 3-19
    8:03
    pm

    The reason I need more before I free-range is because free-ranging (while better for the chickens’ quality of life overall) carries inherent risks. I only have 7 hens right now, so I can’t afford to risk losing any. I won’t free-range until I know I can free-range and still not lose my whole flock in an unfortunate incident.

  42. 3-19
    8:11
    pm

    I think chickens like classical music. Play a little Mozart or Bach for them and I think you will get a lot more eggs.

  43. 3-20
    12:17
    am

    :sheepjump: Very, very cool pictures! That’s one handsome rooster!

  44. 3-20
    9:27
    pm

    they are all so beautiful…you are so lucky. tomorrow i plan for the good husband to see this entry…might help!

Leave a Reply

Registration is required to leave a comment on this site. You may register here. (You can use this same username on the forum as well.) Already registered? Login here.

Discussion is encouraged, and differing opinions are welcome. However, please don't say anything your grandmother would be ashamed to read. If you see an objectionable comment, you may flag it for moderation. If you write an objectionable comment, be aware that it may be flagged--and deleted. I'm glad you're here. Welcome to our community!

Daily Farm

IMG_3581











If you would like to help support the overhead costs of this website, you may donate. Thank you!

Sign up for the
Chickens in the Road Newsletter




The Slanted Little House

"It was a cold wintry day when I brought my children to live in rural West Virginia. The farmhouse was one hundred years old, there was already snow on the ground, and the heat was sparse-—as was the insulation. The floors weren’t even, either. My then-twelve-year-old son walked in the door and said, “You’ve brought us to this slanted little house to die." Keep reading our story....



Today on Chickens in the Road


Join the Community in the Forum

Search This Blog



Out My Window

61°F Partly Cloudy

Walton, WV

Calendar

November 2014
S M T W T F S
« Oct    
 1
2345678
9101112131415
16171819202122
23242526272829
30  


I Love Your Comments

I Have a Cow


And she's ornery. Read my barnyard stories!



Entire Contents © Copyright 2004-2014 Chickens in the Road, Inc.
Text and photographs may not be published, broadcast, redistributed or aggregated without express permission. Thank you.

Privacy Policy, Disclosure, Disclaimer, and Terms of Use

Contact