Monday, July 19, 2010

Chicken stuff again (I really should get a life...)

The chickens, now aged 6 weeks, are on the field at last. Hurrah. This is A Good Thing. The garage has been restored to garage-dom but not car storage and I must look at a dusty Audi outside the kitchen window for a bit longer. Quite a lot longer I suspect and this is Not A Good Thing.
Not a good picture I'm afraid - they are not in the least compliant about lining up neatly for the team photo. At present all 13 fit into the little house but at the rate they are growing they will need to move on soon. I have 7 cockerels still looking for a home. The picture below is of their father, a handsome chap.

Elsewhere in my poultry empire the dreaded red mites have come back to bite me and once again I am taking remedial action. Today I've cleared and blow-torched one house and tomorrow will apply some foul and lethal chemical to all surfaces, cracks and crevices. The prospect of doing this to the other two  houses does not thrill - neither does the thought of catching and treating 22 uncooperative birds.

The mere thought is too itchy scratchy for words - having showered and put on clean clothes I'm switching off hen thoughts and thinking 'big glass of chilled white wine' instead. Cheers.

11 comments:

Wipso said...

I'm all itchy scratchy too now just at the thought of it :-) not that even that will stop me being excited at my day's happenings :-)
A x

Twiglet said...

Ooh love that photo of your cockerel - I am thinking of making one of my "dumfed" pics of a cockerel and may well need a bit of inspiration! Good luck with your de - miting.

rachel said...

Ah yes, those mites.... your last year's post on that subject was enough to put an end to any romantic dream I may have harboured of keeping chickens when I move..... Good to have the reminder, thank you!

Pondside said...

Good heavens - you've got two continents itching and scratching. So far so good, with my girls, but I'll have a good look tomorrow morning!

bayou said...

Oh no, I was just planning the hen house and now you talk about mites... I have already an itchy horse, do I really need itchy chickens???? One thing is for sure, you don't need that, neither! And still nobody for the cockerels! I hope they won't end up in the pan. Had to laugh about the car in front of the garage--- sounds familiar but I have now thrown a wee bombshell into one of the garages ;-)
Good luck to get rid of all the mites.

Chris Stovell said...

They're not quite so cute now, if you don't mind me saying so... and the red mite is a definite turn off. The red wine sounds good though.

snailbeachshepherdess said...

Fleas are worse! She says itching and scratching like a madwoman - I can still remember the panic when my mum realised the hens had fleas - I used to sit on the perch in the hen house all day long - I was covered!!!

Friko said...

Do i get the impression that chickens are an important part of your life?
Hope they love you back, is all I can say.

Pam said...

Good luck with the de-miting! Sounds about as fun as bathing a cat.

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elizabethm said...

Oh no, not red mite back again! I remember the time you blogged about it before and I couldn't stop scratching for a week!
Hope you find a home for your cockerels.