Wednesday, October 16, 2013

My favorite time of the day

Mornings are my favorite time of the day at Hummingbird Hollow Hen House.
And I have learned to take my camera with me when I go out in the mornings to check on the girls and let them into the run.  And of course mornings are the time for "maid service".
First thing in the morning everything is so peaceful.  I enjoy talking to the chickens and checking on their food and water.  And somehow even cleaning up the poop board from the overnight droppings is very fulfilling.

The last few mornings there seems to be an order to how the girls come out of the run.  Maybe this is some indication of the pecking order?  Then again maybe not.
seems always to be Gwhen.  If she is at the top of the pecking order it would surprise me a little because I would expect one of the Buff Orpington girls to have that role.  On the other hand, Gwhen's nickname when she first arrived at Hummingbird Hollow was "Meanie".  And I guess you have to be a bit mean to be the boss. :) 

I absolutely love the little chase game they play in the mornings.  They seem so happy to be out in the run enjoying the fresh air.  Gwhen sure got her feathers ruffled this morning.

So if Gwhen is first then who is last? 
Hazel always seems to be last.  Maybe she just likes a few extra minutes of beauty rest. :)

Oh, thank goodness the maid was here!
The girls always seem to be so curious about what I am doing.  Probably because anything I am doing might involve treats.  This picture shows Sophia and Gwhen coming in to check things out with Daphne following close behind.

So all is peaceful and quiet in the hen house.

And then.......

this happened.......

My two dogs came busting out of the house with a bark and a bang ready to invade my quiet time!!!  They haven't ever done this before and I still am not sure if possibly the screen door on the deck just didn't latch well.  My guess is Toby (the cocker spaniel in bad need of a haircut!) saw a squirrel that he couldn't resist chasing.  And where Toby goes Jasmine is sure to follow.  Of course the head directly to the neighbors yard.  BAD DOGS!!!!!

Thankfully the dogs have adjusted well to the chickens being here.  The first couple days Jasmine barked and chased around the run.  Now she walks by as if they have been here forever.

Who is at the top of the pecking order for your flock?
What is your favorite time of the day with your chickens?

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Sorry this post is getting to the blog a day late.  :(  I was busy yesterday baking two free form apple pies.
One was for dessert last night and the other will be sent home with my daughter today along with some homemade Cannelloni.  My daughter and grand daughter are visiting today so I thought it would be nice if she didn't have to make supper when she gets home.

You can find my recipe at this link.


  1. My favorite time with the chickens is.... anytime. But really I love morning too.

    1. I think you are absolutely right Jennifer. I like my last visit to the coop in the evening too. Kind of like tucking in my children in a way. :)