Freedom!

I decided to let all the birds out for the weekend. The weather was pretty mild on Saturday so I let everyone out — even Guapo! No one was confined. Everyone loved it. They wandered and pecked and enjoyed. I was thrilled Guapo was not in a raping and pillaging mood. He just wandered over to the girls and started hanging out. He ignores the guineas completely.

There's Guapo on the left!

There’s Guapo on the left!

I did apply more antibiotics to Winona’s comb and Brownie’s foot. Both seem to be healing fine so it was probably not necessary. Winona still seems a little out of it from the attack last week. But she is eating and laying eggs. She’ll just be in her own little kingdom from now on.

At the end of the day, the girls went right to the coop — not the hoop house. So I picked them up and put them in. Obviously not imprinted on the hoop house just yet. And Guapo went to his little crate in the airstream.

Point of interest — I don’t see Guapo developing spurs. I hope he doesn’t. Not that I think he’ll become a mean bird, but why deal with spurs if I don’t have to.

As I was on my own, I could not get the guineas in there at all. Interestingly enough, they went right into the coop. So they spent the night there.

I let everyone out again today. Guapo was a bit more randy, but the girls were having none of it so he calmed down eventually. And we went through the same going to bed process. I think the guineas just moved into the coop for the winter. If we tarp part of it to keep the snow out (as it still needs to be trimmed out), it should be fine. They are game birds, after all.

To remind us it will be green again!

To remind us it will be green again!

And yes, I need to do that product review. Busy week getting ready for Xmas and I’m just happy I found time to blog!

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We’re getting eggs!

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Brownie’s dark brown eggs

But not where they are supposed to be! Since the girls basically have the run of the yard now, I took down the fence around one of the raised beds. In doing so, I found a clutch of dark brown eggs — which I later discovered were laid by Brownie.

I then saw Snoop-dog walking with something in his mouth and burying it (he likes to bury things). I went to find out what it was, and it was a light brown egg! I just left it. I’m not even sure where he found it. I also found a light brown egg in the coop yesterday. Yeah! Someone laying where they are supposed to. And this morning, I found one of the quints likes to hop over the fence, lay an egg, and hop back. She had a small clutch of light brown eggs.

While it is absolutely adorable they are making little nests all over the place, I really want the eggs in the coop. So, I have to make it more accommodating, which is on the list when we finish the trim. And if that doesn’t work, I suspect the behavior will modify itself during the winter when they cannot get far due to snow.

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The lid has since been modified to a nice flip top.

Things are better with the keets as well. Mr. Hen House built a lovely, portable cage to use while they acclimate to the big outdoors. Every couple of days I move it to a new location so they can see various parts of the yard. The hens were very curious initially and even now occasionally stop by to say hello. The keets don’t worry about the hens at all. They get a little flustered with me or Mr. Hen House, but not too much. But when the dogs or cat get near, they totally freak. I don’t worry about the serial-killer cat, Ash, as he could care less. But when they get agitated, it can trigger the dogs into behaving badly so I’ve been monitoring and using the water bottle on the dogs occasionally.

This weekend I will work on a plan to get the keets imprinted on the coop. I am a tad concerned they will fly away and make a break for it when they have no boundaries.

On to non-chicken stuff… the healthcare exchanges will be opening soon. There are lots of questions, IMG_0449particularly with subsidies. This link will bring you to a subsidy calculator. It also answers some basic questions on the plans. Of course, there is still a lot unknown and each state is different, but it’s a start. Frankly, I’m looking forward to the NH Exchange opening up. I am currently without a job and coverage with Mr. Hen House’s job is a little lacking so I’m hoping we’ll find a good deal on the exchange.

Have a lovely week!

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