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Today we did an article search in a yard full of bird cages and chicken coops. We had already cleared this yard for articles but I sent him back in to show what a stud he was ignoring all those distractions. #workingdog #chickensShmickens #focused #birds #chickens #hedontcare #stud

Two years ago today, my favorite ever photo of Ezra Jude was taken. I've posted this before and probably will again. I remember how proud he used to be of holding chickens. And I thanked God that I had not made a mistake by changing our whole lives in pursuit of a farm. Do you have any #farmlifememories to share?
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The girls' beak bits are off but this little poofle photo from yesterday was just too round not to post.

Now...we made a small management mistake with the beak bits. What we should have done was put dedicated time in watching them all and then put a bit on everyone caught nibbling.

Instead we caught Fliss...then realised we should have done Nancy...and that Ivy was being a dummy too.

Now, this time the curious feather pulling started because the girls were locked up and not fooled by all our entertainment techniques.

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The reason it has been difficult is because it's a well-learned historical habit.

Marilyn used to bully but not eat feathers...and unbeknown to us, Nancy used to snack on the fallen bits from Daphne's snapped feathers. It took a while after them becoming a flock of two for Nancy to start yanking at Diddy's trousers, but she did so she got a beak bit.

It worked. And then they started moulting.

Between that time, Ivy and Felicity arrived, and Felicity learned a taste for feathers. First it was Ivy's mini-moult feathers and then Nancy and Daphne's full blown hard-moult feathers became available in droves. Clearly, there wasn't much point trying to stop them eating the feathers billowing about everywhere.

It took a long time for Fliss to realise that the yummy floor-feathers were the same as those attached to her flock mates but eventually she did... still, there was no point her wearing a beak bit when she could snack on floor feathers so we had to wait. Nancy remained a casual user.

But after moulting everything stopped; fully feathered up and happy, nobody seemed to be pulling feathers at all.

And then they got locked in for three months.
No habitual pulling happened until the middle of February. Lockdown was in it's 10th week so you can't blame them really.

Yesterday they'd had their bits on for a month (Ivy had hers 2 weeks) and that's really the maximum time they can wear them because their beaks continue to grow and the bits become ineffective.

So, at max time, we removed them.

And Felicity immediately pulled a feather out of Ivy's arse. Brilliant

#somuchforthatthen #historicalissue #theydowork #urgh #sagacontiues #beakbitYF

Oh dear. So yesterday, I go to Tractor Supply for supplies, and of course chick days are in full swing. I head over to take a look. I mean, who can resist? As I resume my shopping, those precious little chirps kept tugging at my heart. I wanted to take every one of them home! Do those little peeps do that to you? 🐥
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Just us girls up building a chicken coop and yes girls can use tools too 💪💪🐣🐥🐤🐔🐔🐔🐔😝😁 #girls #tools #powertools #building #chickens #coop #productive #workinghard #strongwomen #littlewoman

Ready for the #chickencoop construction to be done. These girls are ready to ditch the brooding box and step it up a notch. #hobbyfarm #homestead #chickensofinstagram #chickens #farmlife #farmgirl #followyourbliss #broodertocoop #biggirls

Splash is keeping watch over his girls as the sun starts to set. We couldn't have asked for a prettier day in Dallas❤ #chickens
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The naughty highly skilled ninja chickens got into a caged veggie bed!! OMG. We threatened to make them all the guests of honor for dinner, but they didn't budge, except to keep scratching and eating. 🙄
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It was windy today and my guess is that some chickens knocked the cage askew in whatever chicken drama they got into while we were out, and then the wind and maybe more chickens did the rest and made a gap big enough for them to invade.
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Meet Rosie the (Rhode Island) Red and Marilyn the Gold Sexlink! 😂 They joined our little homestead today along with 3 others including 2 black Australorps and 1 Barred Rock.
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They've made a hot tub and Ginger has taken it over. #chickens #hottub #bathingbeauties #downinahole #ginger

Not bad for a 10 yr old and his idiot father. Is it bad that we just segregated the white chicken from the colored chickens? #chickenracism #farmlife #chickens #chickenmath #larrysnotwhitehesclear

Coop✅ post✅ next up: fencing and paint. These girls better love us when we're all through🐓

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I have found that you can never have too much chicken decor. This pillow is hand drawn and embroidered and available in my shop. #chickenlovers #differencemakesus #etsysuccess #doitfortheprocess #howyouhome #chickens #homedecor #embroidery #art #design #home #chickensofinstagram #crazychickenlady #springday #homestead

Little Birdie (named by R's kid) is the tamest of all my chickens and likes just hanging out.

Lost a hen today on the farm. Thought she was egg bound, however, she did not have an egg in her. So I don't know what it was. But, with every death there is birth. (Birth plus one apparently.)

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