5 10, 2018

Non-morning Crew

By |2018-10-03T16:32:19-05:00October 5th, 2018|Friday on the Miller Farm, Miller Farm Friday|1 Comment

A blog by Chicken Wrangler Sara

It is a well known fact that people can be divided into two groups:  morning people and non-morning people.  There are some of each in my family.

I happen to be the morning person which is why I go to the pool at 5:30 am.  Rachel is not a morning person which is why she has a coffee maker next to her bed.

Bill, the Chinese student living with us, is also a non-morning person.  He is a senior in high school this year and I recently asked him what he plans to do in college when I am not there to make sure he gets up.  He said he would schedule all afternoon classes.  I told him it doesn’t work that way.

The dogs also fall into these groups.  Most of ours wake up ready to take on the world.  Coco, however, comes out of her kennel just long enough to grump at everyone then goes back inside.  Eventually she joins the rest of the pack.

I recently discovered that, contrary to what people think, not all chickens are happy with morning either.

Lily, the D’Uccle (or duseldorfer as I call her) has not been out with the chickens when I feed them in the mornings. I panicked at first because she is littler and could easily be carried off by the dreaded hawk.

I found her, though, in the nest box.  She has joined the non-morning crew. At least she doesn’t have anywhere to go in the mornings.

27 10, 2017

Me and My Shadow

By |2017-10-26T16:04:48-05:00October 27th, 2017|Miller Farm Friday|2 Comments

A Blog by Chicken Wrangler Sara

We had a respiratory illness go through our flock this summer.  Several of our chickens succumbed including one of my favorites – Millie, the D’Uccle.

I was very sad. It happened the same week the snails ate my marigolds.  It was a bad week.

I’m getting over my losses with the help of the other remaining D’Uccle.

I’ve named her Lily.

She follows me around in the morning when I feed the chickens.   It is very sweet. She makes me smile. :)

26 05, 2017

d’Uccle Chicks

By |2017-05-21T06:48:21-05:00May 26th, 2017|Miller Farm Friday|1 Comment

A blog by Chicken Wrangler Sara

Among Rachel’s recent acquisition of chicks is a pair of d’Uccles. This breed has very long feathers on its feet.

For the longest time, I couldn’t understand what Rachel was saying and called the chicks “duseldorfers”.

Rachel, having lived with me all her life, would patiently repeat “d’Uccles, Mom, D’Uccles”

I finally looked them up and seeing the name in writing helped it stay in my head.  It also convinced me Rachel was not just making this all up.

She moved the d’Uccle chicks out of the chick pen in with the big girls.  Since there are two we figured they would keep each other company.  However, they have bird brains and one of them spent much of its time running up and down the chicken wire fence enclosing the chick pen.

The other night I discovered the poor chick with its head stuck in the chicken wire. I was afraid it was dead, but I got to it in time.  I carefully removed its head from the chicken wire and returned it to the big pen with the other d’Uccle.

This afternoon I found them both in the chick pen.  I have no idea how they got there but I’m leaving them alone.  They may have bird brains but they know where they want to be.

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