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Spread Eagle and Other Poultry Adventures!

Discussion in 'Pictures & Stories of My Chickens' started by Birch Run Farm, Dec 22, 2008.

  1. Birch Run Farm

    Birch Run Farm Biddy up!

    Sep 5, 2008
    As many have experienced, it has been another brutal winter so far. I had just finished plowing over two feet of snow (missed work today) and went in the house to get hot water buckets for the birds. I was waiting for the buckets to fill and looked out the window and saw this:


    Eish! I thought What The Fuzz is that!

    Nooooooooo! Not a chicken? Ooops!

    So I get the water and head back out. I had plowed part of the coop area hours ago and cannot see it while doing the rest of the driveway.


    I walked up and thoroughly told this araucana cockerel how silly he looked before rescuing him. I think he was quite embarassed. I have no idea what made him do such a silly thing or how long he was stuck. Until now he had been unnamed and is now dubbed 'Eagle'.


    The day prior, during the snow storm that dumped most of this, I went down to the brook to pull out my female muscovies. Ducks are definitely not the sharpest tools in the shed. These two were also unnamed but are now dubbed 'Dumb' and 'Dumber'.


    So this is the fourth time I have had to save them. They thaw out and fly down to the brook and get all crusty with ice and sit there until they freeze solid. This time they sat there even after I risked getting my tractor stuck plowing last Friday's snow out. They were still mobile then and elected to stay. No food for three days at that point. I was SURE they were going to come up to the coop. NOPE!

    I had to slog across the book in my barn boots with ice and water almost as deep as the boots and then break the birds out of the ice. There will be no fifth time, if they go back they will be stewed. Looks like they will lose some feathers so hopefully they won't get any ideas.


    Some general barn yard pics from today:

    Ranger, my young BG cockerel watching over some of the girls, these are cuckoo marans pullets. They pretty much beat him up at this point as do the BG hens. He hasn't developed a 'technique' with the ladies yet. [​IMG] He is barely 5 months old.



    Inside the winter pasture, my garage in a box from TSC. You have to keep the snow off it but it works well. Eagle and a variety of pullets and 10 week old red star pullets on the other side of the fence.


    Puff Ball is in with the general coop. He just began crowing but does not mess with any of the girls. All of the males get along. One of my araucana pullets likes him. Must be the hair doo! [​IMG]


    Colorful cockerels


    Araucana cockerels Thunder and Lightning enjoying some hemlock boughs. They are brothers. Eagle is one of their younger brothers. I give everyone hemlock and balsam branches all winter for something green to pick at. Evergreens have high vitamin C. The birds pick the branches clean of the needles.


    Another view of them, black beauties.


    My dog and chicken guardian Briar, bummed out the tractor hasn't plowed her out yet. She got extra cookies today! I have to get a part for the tractor, all the snow broke a cotter pin on the back blade.

  2. geareduplyn

    geareduplyn Songster

    Jun 2, 2008
    Salley SC
    Ann... Isn't there a warmer place in the world to do what you do? After spending the winter of 1959/60 digging up frozen water lines that were buried down 3&1/2 feet. I said never again am I going to live where I have to bury water lines, and moved to CA.
    Last edited: Dec 22, 2008
  3. FrontPorchIndiana

    FrontPorchIndiana Songster

    Mar 8, 2008
    Great photos!

    I can remember needed to rescue a turkey as a kid. The tom had stayed outside during an ice storm. We had to dig him up, he was frozen to the ground and his eye was frozen open. Had to bring him in the house to thaw him out. I knew then birds didn't really have mad survival skills. [​IMG]
  4. Birch Run Farm

    Birch Run Farm Biddy up!

    Sep 5, 2008

    I am hoping I can retire in ten years and will move to a climate with a longer growing season and a lot less snow to plow! So for now, my job is here so this is it, unless I meet a sugar daddy!

    On the up side, the snowshoeing and skiing is very good here and you can't beat the maple syrup! I make my own in March.
    Last edited: Dec 22, 2008
  5. Kanchii

    Kanchii Songster

    WONDERFUL PICS! Eagle made me smile [​IMG] But thank god I live in California! *basks in the 50 degree weather*
  6. chickypoo

    chickypoo Songster

    Mar 13, 2008
    [​IMG] Poor Eagle, hahaha! Nice pictures!
  7. jbowyer01

    jbowyer01 Just Me!

    Aug 29, 2008
    Hogansville, Georgia
    Uhgg! I dont miss all that shoveling and plowing. I use to live outside of Philly I now live in Ga. Its considered cold here when it gets in to the 20's. [​IMG]
  8. Birch Run Farm

    Birch Run Farm Biddy up!

    Sep 5, 2008
    Keep it warm in Georgia for me, that also may be a retirement consideration! We have another storm coming in tonight!
  9. Kanat

    Kanat In the Brooder

    Oct 9, 2008
    Lovely pictures! The Polish Rooster is handsome!

  10. magsrags

    magsrags Songster

    Aug 12, 2008
    Staten Island NY
    Great picture story! I really enjoyed the snapshot of your life. [​IMG]

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