Some of my favorite photos from my backyard and chickens this week.

We celebrated National Poultry Day on March 19th along with the three year anniversary of my blog and Facebook page, both of which were launched as marketing tools for my custom egg carton labels business. And while my egg carton labels business is crankin’, you’ll rarely hear me promote it for two reasons. First, the label business is bigger and busier than I ever intended it to be and I can barely keep up with orders along with everything else I have cooking online and offline. And second, the labels have long since taken a back seat to sharing a passion for keeping backyard chickens happy and healthy. I did not intend for my life to take a turn from trial attorney to pet chicken resource, but I am having the time of my life with every aspect of it. I have some very exciting opportunities coming up in the near future that I never saw coming and I look forward to sharing them with you and continuing to share this chicken-keeping adventure with you for many years to come!

Egg production is up!
The gloomy weather provided the backdrop for one of my new favorite egg photos.
Buff Orpington pullet, going broody.

My Buff Orpington pullet has been spending quite a lot of time in the nest box, which suggests that she’ll want to brood chicks soon as the breed is inclined to do. I think I can accommodate her with some fertile eggs!

Hawk circling the chicken yard.

While spending time with my birds, Sparky alerted us all to the threat overhead. The girls all scooted quickly into the run and he moved on without incident.

Tolbunt Polish frizzle hen

Ally McBeak (Tolbunt Polish Frizzle) had been in the basement for a time to re-grow feathers on her head after having been pecked, but she’s back in the mix with a ponytail to conceal the newly emerging feathers. She hated the elastic band and had removed it by the next morning.

Several of the hens are molting, including Ally McBeak (mentioned earlier) and Irene, my Bantam Welsummer (pictured here).

White Silkie and mixed breed rooster
Freida (White Silkie) and Spartacus (Red Sex Link x Serama.
Guess what?
Guess what? (I can’t help it!)
Partridge Cochin with Dark Cornish chicken underneath

With Bertha (Partridge Cochin facing camera) and the two, Dark Cornish hens (that we bought at the poultry show in January) out of quarantine, integration went swimmingly and they’re now exploring their new world freely! Bertha seems to be acting as their new, surrogate mother.

I'm UP! If you're expecting bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, go catch a squirrel.
Coffee has a distinctive aroma that helps you forget how painful it is to be awake.
Winner, Winner...!!!
Then she had the audacity to ask if I wanted regular or decaf. I said, "Honey, it's Monday...don't even play."
It's 5am and you're trying to sleep? Allow me to sing you the song of my people!
Don't hate me 'cause I'm beautiful.
I'll be fine just as soon as the caffeine kicks in.
Caesar (Serama cockerel) and Rachel (Bantam Cochin Frizzle)
March 15, 2014. Caesar (Serama cockerel) and Rachel (Bantam Cochin Frizzle)
Kathy Shea Mormino, The Chicken Chick
Thanks for visiting and have a great week!
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