Rosy, may she rest in peace. It is with sad news that I tell you, Rosy passed away.. In her coop. Before I started in the “chicken business” someone told me to not name the chickens because chickens come and go so easily.. that is was best not to get too attached. They can literally die from anything- a bound egg, territorial issues with others, sometimes completely unexplained occurrences, or by predators. I didn’t care- I knew no matter what animal is brought into our home, it would always have a name. For Rosy, it was one of those completely unexplained things.
I went out early one morning to water and feed them— we usually do not let them free range until afternoon/evening time— where I opened the lid to get the eggs and there she was. GONE. I was devastated. We had Rosy for 2 years. She was sweet, loved the kids, eager to follow and see what they were doing, loved to swim, and just overall fun. My kids both still as for her and I simply tell them, with a broken heart, that she flew to Chicken Heaven and watches them run and play everyday. So now, we are left with Pearl. Our pretty, dominant, chases our dog, terrorizes the kids, lets me hold her when I want, loves to play in the water, white Rhode island. We love her. But we loved Rosy too. so Rosy, RIP, as you are and were on of our favorites– you will be missed!
Life. That is what happens to us. So many ups and downs and twists and turns.. and before you know it, months later, you realize that your life is just a mess. A crazy, beautiful, busy, sometimes rough, slightly annoyed, work-addicted, colorful life- and I would not trade it for the world.
It’s been a while since I was able to write.. about life, about our crazy chickens, or the newest dog addition, or my kids that seem to have grown like weeds in the past 3 short months. So with that, here is a little update on our favorite Rosy and Pearl! They finally finished their second bout of molting.. oh how I have missed our daily eggs! About 1 month ago, Pearl started to lay her eggs again– YAY!! On the other hand, Rosy has stopped laying hers. I do not think we have gotten an egg from her since before Thanksgiving. My husband believes she is just done… I still am holding out hope. With that, has begun talks of getting a bigger coop in the works so we can have more hens! Our girls like to free range a lot (then again, which hens don’t?!) Now that our days are longer, they get to stay outside longer for their free-range time. They enjoy playing chase with the newest pup, Norvi, as well as play in the big dogs water bowl. They also like to pick oranges off of the orange tree and loving the alfalfa that we start to grow for them!
Spring is one of my favorite times! It is filled with fun events in our city, a perfect time for spending family time outside and also time with friends… crawfish boils are my families’ favorite! Spring is also the time work is busiest– requires a lot of traveling which I could not be more thankful for. Getting to see and explore new areas, regardless of the tragic reasons I am there, brings so much awareness. I learn.. i learn how to deal with people, with life events, with different cultures, all the while, implementing those things learned back at home. I am a very goal oriented person.. If I want something, I will figure out a way to achieve it. Some see that as a threat. I see it as attacking my goals head on and achieving what I want to make ME a better person- despite what anyone else thinks. I have learned to become more free. Free by taking ME time. Not letting stupid, insecure, and overly mean spirited people filled with hate, take me down. Learning that the problem lies with that person or persons and they can figure it out. Learning to apologize to those that deserve it and learning to love the ones that CHOOSE to be in my or my families’ lives. But most importantly, knowing when to walk away and say I. AM. DONE. The focus is on my kids. My husband. My animals. My friends. My work. AND God. Life is: Beautiful. Tragic. Happy. Filled with love. and above all, I CHOOSE ME.
These past couple weeks have been cold. Cold and Miserable. My girls are not happy. I’ve supplied them tons of hay to keep warm but still… NO EGGS. I know its that time of year, the coldest time of the year. Where I am from, we do not experience many cold days- that is what I love about the South. I can definitely tell my girls are bored and becoming a bit stir crazy.
With that, I want to know some of your favorite boredom busters!! We have things that keep our girls happy but I am looking for new ideas to try out to know out their boredom. Rosy and Pearl’s favorite thing is running around (attempting to fly) in the backyard. They especially love the sandbox under the kids’ play ground. Did you know that chickens eat just about anything?! Of course, there are those foods that are bad for them- but my girls sure love eating the dog’s leftovers. I caught Rosy one day in their dog bowl eating the scraps while Pearl jumped in their enormous water bowl and took herself a bath!!
With the cold weather, and the lack of laying, I have been reading up on the use of a heat lamp in their coop. Although several people seem to swear by it, I am too nervous that they would die! See, our coop is not that big. We only have two girls as it is. I get it helps them to lay more often because it gets dark to early right now.. but it still makes me second guess that heat lamp. Have any of you tried a heat lamp? In my opinion, heat lamps for chickens are equivalent to space heaters for humans.. and we ALL know stories about space heaters setting fires– decisions decisions. I think for now, I will stick to the lack of eggs. Besides, I still have enough to last for a while longer 😉 If my girls are careful… they may end up like this- HA HA HA!
So tell me, what do your chickens like to do during the winter? Comment below!