Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Outdoor home for silkie

Our silkie is finally sleeping outside -- in the greenhouse. He's got a box with a heat source and his feather duster inside. After 4 nights he finally started going up the ramp by himself (he was a little slow figuring it out...)

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Silkie chickens -- freaks of nature

Here's a new photo of our silkie -- its feet are getting more feathery every day! I'm thinking I'll give him a trim as soon as his feathers are done growing so he can walk better. People also recommend trimming silkies around their eyes.

He's 14 weeks old and still is indoors most of the time.  He's so friendly and mellow it's like having a pet llama or something. We think of him as a "he" but there's no crowing yet, so fingers crossed that we've got a female.

Update: today I posted photos of this guy on Backyardchickens.com, and the consensus is that he's a male....

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Mark Zuckerberg chicken photo

zuckerberg chicken
Going back to basics and getting involved in what we eat seems to appeal to people no matter what their income. I think this is a really interesting photo of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg getting ready to process a chicken. Zuckerberg has said publicly that this year he has made a commitment to only eat meat from animals he has killed personally.

When I started raising chickens, I had the philosophy that I should be willing to raise a bird for meat since I'm not a vegetarian. We've only processed 5 birds over the years and every time we've had to do it we agree that if we had to do this every time we ate meat, we'd hardly ever have it. Anyhow I admire someone like Zuckerberg who is willing to see what eating meat is all about. He has also done other animals -- I don't know if I could!

Mark Zuckerberg, Who Just Killed A Goat And A Pig, Responds To Concerned Friends
It's time to fix those security flaws facebook...

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Major predators

Up in our neighbor's trees there were two eagles today. I hope my chickens aren't on their radar!