Thursday, August 12, 2010

Will the chickens earn their keep? Even a little?

We shall find out!

I had fun painting the sign. To be honest I love having the chickens so much I don't mind if we don't sell a single egg, but even now with just half of them laying and giving eggs away we still have lots, so when all of them are laying we'll have a total glut!
There are, however, some downsides of having chickens, I think I found the biggest one this morning! There I was happily cleaning the chicken house. I thought there was a rather unpleasant dead smell around the place but hadn't been able to find anything. I put new bedding in some of the unused nesting boxes, then I thought I would nail some wood up to make the entrances a bit narrower ( they were too high!) To do this I had to move the grandpa feeder. WELL! Under it was the most huge (dead) rat I have ever seen. I am not good with dead things, rats and mice. A dead rat is one of my worst nightmares, a stinky, dead rat probably is my worst nightmare. I am surprised Lloyd didn't hear me scream in Kaitaia ( 1 hour drive away) ew! it was totally horrible. I had to get a fork ( couldn't find a spade) and then fling it over into the paddock, I had this rather hysterical giggly moment as I imagined it coming off the fork the wrong way and landing on my head.  Is this too much information?
This was on top of already finding 2 of the chickens in the veggie garden this morning because the tree they roost on is so tall they flew over the fence! I decided I better prune it, so 2 hours later, chicken poo all over me and in my hair, on my face and even perhaps a little in my eye ( it was stingy!)  it was done. Then I only had the branches to clear up. 
 I have had 2 showers this morning.
Welcome to my world


  1. oh sorry Laura, couldn't help but smile at the image this brings! Tomorrow will be better?!
    PS you are lucky there are no snakes.... you should have seen me when I opened the nesting box lid to find a b i g carpet python curled up in there!! with a chook in its belly! yuk yuk yuk

  2. I forgot to say ... good luck with the eggs! I'm sure they will sell well.

  3. Oh Wendy!! ew ew ew ew ew! That may have ended me!

  4. Haha! Don't you just love the country life?

  5. Anonymous1:43 pm

    The sign is great. I hope you sell lots of eggs. Dead rat - oh my.

  6. Better dead and stinky than running over your gumboot? Urrgh.

  7. Ew, Ew, Ew!!! I totally *shuddered* when you said "RAT!" EEEEEeeeek!! I would have been running into the house to have the hubby come get rid of it!! LOL!

  8. Ahhh yes, the joy of Country living!

    Love your blog. Your house transformation is a wonder.

  9. Anonymous3:45 pm

    Gotta love those chickens a whole lot to put up with dead rats and poultry poop, LOL!


  10. I'd like two dozen please, here's $11.

  11. Alan and Penny8:13 pm

    As ever, very many thanks for all your e-mails and 'photos--they really do brighten up our day! And, poor you finding a rat; that's the only downside to poultry-keeping--vermin! Ugh!! I cannot imagine for what purpose they were created!


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