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Have You Ever Heard a Chicken Scream?

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And God said, ‘Let the waters swarm with swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the expanse of the heavens.’  ~ Genesis 1:20


Then just imagine the one who laid the egg on right!  Wow.


The pullets (female chickens less than one year old) are still laying small eggs; it is usually a while before their innards mature enough to consistently produce regularly-shaped (and tasty) eggs. 

However, yesterday Ashlee discovered the specimen on the right in one of the hen boxes.  It was so long that the egg carton would not close!  Yikes–poor chicken!


All things considered, the chickens are doing very well.  The older ones (six and five months old) are pretty close to their full size and I expect the remaining 10 Barred Rocks and Ameraucanas to join their two compadres in producing breakfast nuggets any day now.  The two dozen Silver- and Golden -Laced Wyandottes I have can boast a mere three weeks of life but they are already beginning to show signs of how beautiful they will be once they reach maturity.  They should start laying eggs come February, so (Lord willing) we should be harvesting a cool three dozen per day by Spring.  (That’s when it will be paramount that we have enough customers to ensure our icebox does not overfill!)



The Barred Rocks are seen in the front, along with the Rhode Island Red rooster.  They are the most curious and unafraid of humans, he will soon be supper.


The Ameraucanas are beautiful birds that will (soon?) lay blue-green eggs.  I am growing exceedingly impatient with them!

I had planned on keeping this rooster (technically he is still a cockerell) for ornamental reasons; however, he (literally) eats into my feed margin and his propensity for picking fights with us has sealed his doom.



This is the new chicken coop/ run.  It has turned out to be quite a project–certainly more than I had expected.  I suspect my lack of carpentry skills or mechanical talent has played a large part but you’ll never be able to make it stand up in court.  It is 24′ x 24′ and 7′ tall, which is enough to house in excess of 190 chickens.  I don’t plan on having that many but, if the egg bidness takes off, I’m game for just about anything. 

The tin chicken shack inside is nothing fancy but it will keep the rain off their heads and the cold north wind off their backs.  I still need to add a roll of chicken wire to the top to keep wild birds out–we don’t want a hawk making off with my girls.  (Also, preventing contact with wild birds should protect my chickens from contracting avian flu, should it become a factor in our area.)  In an effort to maintain my objectivity and predator ecumenicism, I strung up some hot wire yesterday–coons and bobcats beware!

That’s the chicken update!

Asleep at the Wheel – Ain’t Nobody Here But Us Chickens (etc.)


Written by ninepoundhammer

October 4, 2008 at 8:35 am

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  1. hehe “Breakfast nuggets.” I’m going to start calling eggs that now. Tasty, tasty breakfast nuggets… 😉

    Patricia Calderon

    October 4, 2008 at 5:33 pm

  2. I like the new coop! Very impressive! And I’m interested in becoming a customer, but am curious as to what a “non-HEB” breakfast nugget tastes like. 🙂


    October 5, 2008 at 2:07 pm

  3. I am always impressed with this project of yours Matt. I’ll be asking you for pointer some day. Question: do roosters taste the same as a regular chicken?


    October 6, 2008 at 9:47 am

  4. Matt – your chicken house is almost as big as your own house!

    Jacob – no


    October 6, 2008 at 10:25 am

  5. @Jacob: I can’t really tell much of a difference, to be honest with you. However, a more discriminating palatte may be of more use. That being said, the males of any animal usually taste a bit different due to the, shall we say, ‘male hormones’ factor. Thanks for the props.

    @Eric: You are pretty much correct: my house is 169 square feet larger than the chicken coop. (Though the chickens have a larger bedroom than Gracie Mae!)


    October 6, 2008 at 1:15 pm

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