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The Chickens are Molting!?! Now What?

The Chickens are Molting!?! Now What?

Why the heck are my chickens losing all their feathers and not producing eggs!?!?  Are they sick?  Pissed?  Dying?  Hungry?  Revolting against the colder temperatures?  WTF?! Wait, they're what?  Molting?  What the heck is molting and why is it happening while I'm tracking egg production vs. the cost of their feed? After a little research (the internet is truly an…
DIY – Dryer Maintenance

DIY – Dryer Maintenance

What do you do when your dryer is squeaking something awful?  Call someone in?  Spend hundreds of dollars?  Hell no.  Not if you're Tool Lady!The amount of lint inside all the twists and turns? Enough for a fire hazard! Instead, you do some research, make a hypothesis about what might be making all that racket, grab a screw driver, pull the…
Preparing the Chickens for Hibernation

Preparing the Chickens for Hibernation

It's only a matter of time until the ground is frozen over, all the green is gone and covered by a blanket of white.  I enjoy winter.  I really do.  I just wish it wasn't 3 months long. I could be happy with just Spring, Summer and Fall...you? Right now, it's beautiful outside and it's not even freezing at night…
A Clean Coop is a Happy Coop

A Clean Coop is a Happy Coop

Chickens are dirty birds.  They poop everywhere and then they kick their poop everywhere else while scratching around for food and bugs.  We probably don't clean out their coop as often as we could (I've read that some people clean out their coops every single week while we do ours every few months), but I think the dry weather we…
Do Our Chickens Pay for Themselves?

Do Our Chickens Pay for Themselves?

When you keep chickens, you have to take care of them.  You have to water them, clean out their coop, feed them and collect their eggs.  You can also ooohhh and aaahhh over the chick cuteness, pick them up, pet them, give them treats and laugh at their antics, but those are happy options and not necessities.We jumped into keeping…
Pecking Order

Pecking Order

It's official!  Our Newbies are laying!!!  Yesterday we got 6 eggs from 7 chickens!!!  We are so incredibly excited!!!The one downside to this whole thing is that one of our Newbies hasn't figured out that you need to leave the Originals alone when they're trying to lay.  It's not a party, it's a private thing.Tool Lady found this Newbie in…
(Un)finished Projects

(Un)finished Projects

We finally finished the roofing on the Chicken Mansion!!!  If you remember, we built the massive mansion a couple of months ago thinking that it was almost complete.  As time has passed, it has become apparent that it needed some roofing so as to avoid wet chickens through the (as of yet imaginary) monsoon season and the eventual winter months.Aerial view of…