Several inches of flurries fell in Milford on Thursday. Still, it was a great day for being outside with the temperature hovering around minus two and no wind. The larger animals were in the pasture and the birds were all loose, enjoying the weather. Below are several pictures taken that day and the one which followed. Until about 4:00 pm on Friday, it was beautiful.
When I told Mom I was getting chicks this spring, she reminisced about the hens she’d had over her 83 years. She was fond of hens, perhaps because she was like an old mother hen herself. She liked to watch them peck around and enjoyed the way they interacted with her. She treated them like her children, complaining to them and about them but always wanting them near. She fondly remembered the hens back in Newfoundland in the early 1930s and how the chicks would scurry behind their mother whenever someone approached.
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Yesterday, my daughter and I made a trip to Upper Stewiacke to pick up five Ameraucana chicks at Riverview Birds. The lady told us they were approximately two weeks old. They were packed in a small box for transporting, and my daughter held them on her lap for the thirty minute drive home.
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Last Sunday was the fairest day of winter. I took the opportunity to start cleaning up the hen house. The flock had been given away two years ago, and the coop had been neglected ever since. Weeds, both deep rooted and vining, had taken a foothold. Dead leaves and other plant material measured three to four inches thick. The soil was uneven, up-heaved by the heavy rains from several storms. Although the coop was no longer attractive and needed minor repairs, it wasn’t as bad as it could have been.
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