The Next Generation of Chicken Farmers

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Ever noticed that kids like chickens? At the very least, even if they are a bit nervous, they want to know about the chickens. We love showing off our girls to any kids (or adults) that come along. If we’re lucky and we play our cards right, we assimilate a few of them…into chicken farmers. That’s right, chicken farmers. We hope they’ll have kids of their own one day and they will turn those kids into chicken farmers too.

 

 

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Meet Mike and Renee, who are now keepers of chickens! Mike is holding “Beauty”.  They have 16 hens and 1 rooster.

 

 

 

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Here’s Abe, isn’t he beautiful? Roosters are always more good looking than hens, just like most birds.

 

 

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This Buff Orpington’s name is “Feathers”. Almost all of the chickens have been named by Mike and Renee.

 

 

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This wacky looking hen is a Houdan.  The Houdan comes from France and has 5 toes!

 

 

 

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Check out the feet – I’ll bet the other hens are jealous of her fine footwear now in the cold of Winter.

 

 

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Here’s the awesome looking chicken coop that Mike and his Dad made. Have you ever seen a log chicken house before?

 

 

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This one even has a deer antler for the door handle. Pretty spiffy!

 

 

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The coop is trimmed with Christmas lights.

 

 

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The trapdoor that they open up so the chickens can come outside into their big fenced run.

 

 

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Mike says he and Renee check for eggs about 2 or 3 times a day.  They’ve got a great setup inside…..roosts in one corner

 

 

 

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Nesting boxes in the other corner.

 

 

 

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Dual heat lamps to keep the girls and Abe nice and warm during the Winter.

 

 

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A seperate equipment and feed room is part of the log chicken house.

 

 

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So, now Mike and his family are enjoying eating fresh eggs from their chickens. They are learning how to take care of chickens and the other responsibilities that come along with having them. They make sure there is enough feed and water for their chickens to eat and enough hay in their coop to keep them warm.

Thank you to both Mike and Renee as well as their parents for letting me post these pictures of their chicken operation! That is the finest chicken coop I have ever seen – it’s a Poulet Palace!

 

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Snow Curls and Snow Shedding

Mar 3, 08

Here’s a picture of the back of our woodshed. The way the snow curls down like that looks so cool.

We were astounded our first winter here – we grew up on the Coast which means lots of rain but not a lot of snow.  Our house here in the Cariboo has quite a steep roof to help shed the snow. But we had never heard that moment when all that snow lets go and slides down the roof! Scared the wits out of me the first time it happened; it sounded like an airplane engine. Even now, although I am used to it, it startles me.

And if we look out the window in time, we can see huge sheets of snow falling to the ground. It scared our dog too and he learned to not lay around outside too close to the house.

A few years ago we had an  ice storm that resulted in a layer of ice on our roof, followed by whatever snow had fallen.  There was at least 3 feet of snow on the roof and because of that thick layer of ice, the snow wasn’t able to slide off the roof.

 

One day, after enough warm weather, the snow on the roof above the living room finally let go. Our dog was in the house with me, and all of a sudden he looked at me. A couple seconds later, I heard the rumbling and then watched the snow dropping.

I brought Sir out on the porch to show him the chunks of ice and snow.  I was smiling saying “It’s OK bud, it’s all good!”

Until, I looked over the side of the porch and realized the whole stem and transponder for my internet satellite was sticking out of the snow.

 

 

Check this out.  The snow and ice coming off the roof had so much force behind it that it neatly severed the arm clean across!  A good reason to stay away from buildings that have snow on their roof. I would hate to think what could have happened if a person or Sirhad been standing too close to the house.

You can hear the snow getting ready to slide off, IF you are inside the house. If you’re outside however, you won’t hear it starting to let go. So remember, if you have a lot of snow on your roof, don’t walk too close to the house on those warm sunny Winter afternoons!

 

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