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Yikes at those spikes!

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Rooster Talons are totally no joke! No wonder Roo always left marks on me, geez!

Needless to say, Roo’s time at the Crab Homestead has come To a close and his son, Prince Roo, has taken over as king:) This was Big Crab’s first run at killing a chicken by swinging him around by his neck! Normally we use the chicken ringer and just pull the head off. Well, he thought Roo was dead, after he was terrorizing our daughter while taking out the garbage the hub went out and said “ok it’s over now”. After a few gallant swings in circles, the rooster was limp and then Crab returned inside for his knife, the cleaner, and a pot. Once he was set up, Roo’s eyes popped open! Lol! So he just stuck him in the ringer and did it the way he knew how! Unfortunately, bc of the stress the meat was tough. I’m sure if I would have frozen it for a while it would have helped..but big crab had Roo all skinned and ready for dinner by the time I returned from the store! So, dinner is served! Lol! This was a couple of months ago, so since then we have been terror free!!

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Crazy Chicken Lady Indeed!

Crazy Chicken Lady Indeed!

My friend sent me this picture via text the other day and I couldn’t help but laugh. I am pretty sure that feather in her hair is a chicken feather lol…and what made it funnier is that I actually do that if I find I nice one..lol. I also have a vase of pretty Turkey Feathers in my house that I have collected in hopes of making some jewelery out of it. I also have a sign outside that says Caution: Area patrolled by Attack Chicken…haha! Either way, to all of you other Crazy Chicken Ladies out there, enjoy!

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Homestead Growing Pains- When Rooster’s Attack

Homestead Growing Pains-When Rooster's Attack!

These are not my first bruises, cuts, scrapes, etc. from living on the homestead or with animals in general. They are inevitable! Fences have cut me, nails have gone through my boot, chicken/turkey/rabbit feet have scraped me, my head has been bruised from knocking it on fence posts or beams form things we are building, and yes….oh yes…my rooster has attacked me. 🙂 It is quite amusing though watching him flap his wings and get all riled up, sort of floating into the air spurring his sharp “talons” at me (or the girls) in effort to make us go away. Unfortunately, “going away” means inside the house, and that is not satisfactory as there are things to do outside! Another reason for the Chicken Tractors! Anytime Roo fusses (every few weeks), I simply grab him by the feet and let him hang upside down. I have tried kicking him away, but that just makes him way more arrogant. Better to nip it in the bud. I have walked outside to take my girls to school, holding coffee, and this little b****rd jumped me from behind! I spilled my coffee on my shirt and since I had to turn around and go back inside he had the nerve to crow over and over again upon his victory! Ugh! 🙂 So, the other day when we were building some tractors outside, he go me through my jeans, and the bruises came a couple of days later. This pic is of the outside of my right thigh. He got me with both feet at the same time. It honestly didn’t and doesn’t even hurt (unless you poke them like my husband likes to do to torment me and my easily bruised skin!) but I thought I would share some of the adventures of owning a rooster…this was exactly what I warned my husband about when we discussed it a couple of years ago. Now the chickens are all put up in a tractor..except for Roo. His predecessor has taken over the Throne of the Barnyard, and now his time on the Crab Homestead has ended. He will be processed soon, but in the mean time he still looks to terrorize sporadically..probably all the pent up….umm…frustration. And he hangs out by the chicken tractor anyway. I kind of feel bad for him because he was “shut out” but he can still visit with them. Then I look at my leg and think, “No I don’t feel bad.” 🙂

Either way, I still can not be mad at Roo b/c he did a damn good job defending our ladies from skunks and hawks. And he stands up for the little biddies to the hens who like to peck. Overall, he will always have a special place in my heart as all of our animals do. And so for that, We Thank You.

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Our First Turkey Egg!

Our First Turkey Egg!

We found our first turkey egg the same day we completed the turkey tractor! Great Timing! Now I can find all of our turkey eggs! Who knows, they may have been laying a while, I just have not found them yet! lol! This one is a little bigger than our large chicken eggs, and speckled:) I will be collecting and incubating them soon to see if we can’t hatch some little Turk Turks!

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Chick Update- Wk 7

Here is a chick progress update! The end of January Chicks are growing up well! I had ot move them to my other coop since the shared one was getting a little cramped. The plan is to make a small chicken tractor for the chicks to go into after they leave the brooder box (3-4 wks) and one for the 8 wk mark. This way we can keep the rotation going and still have outside/contained/protection for our biddies!