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Unhappy Hens, July in Phoenix

Just another day in Phoenix in July. Nice barn temperature… NOT.  Monsoon season is on it’s way and my hens will get a few occasional days of relief. Rain would be great, if it ever happens, only been close to five months, I think it’s our turn.

These gals have  a giant fan and a flooded area to stand in.

 

Hello World

From the safety of an underground nest, it was time to follow the light at the end of the tunnel and meet the world.

There are probably more youngsters still in the nest, but there’s little chance I’ll see them. Once the babies become alert enough to explore, their mother immediately moves them to a new place.  By sundown they’ll all be gone, and the hole to the nest will be covered up.

There are six bunny basement condos in and around the barn. Different holes are used at different times of the year, depending on weather conditions. The nests are always near a water source and protected from direct sun. They are made comfortable using pine shavings and feathers found easily in the barn and around the chicken enclosure. When the hens are molting, I have my very own bunny maid. She gathers as many as she can in her mouth and stashes them in her nests all day long. Nice!

The Mother
If you haven’t met Jasmine, our resident barn bunny, you can read her story, Meet Jasmine, Flock Bunny.

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From the Farm

Meet Lucy, my 2 year old Australorpe hen. This breed is an asset to any flock, they are docile, friendly, and good egg layers. In the bright sun her shinny black feathers have a blue tint that is stunning.