My first chooks

Archive for April, 2014

A special ANZAC gift for Trelise Cooper – Story – Paul Henry Show – TV Shows – 3 News

Remember the Mercedes benz ad I posted, which used chickens to showcase stability. Here’s nz designer Trelise Cooper recreating it on the Paul Henry show. Don’t tell Polly or Molly – they’ll go green from jealousy…

Desert dust bath

Chooks created a dust bath

Hmmm I thought I planted some leeks there…

So I walked into the vegetable garden – or should I say chook garden? – and we were having some serious sun after days and nights of rain.

And I saw a bunch of feathers where I thought I’d planted leeks.

The girls were having a communal bath like in Japan but without the water. Does this reveal their desert origins?

I find it fascinating how they always huddle together – safety in numbers but I don’t think I am cut out to be a chicken.

I am writing this at night – insomnia – and I don’t mind my cat Wilma sitting next to me on the couch and requiring when are we going to be joining snoring Wim again? But to have two humans around me all the time would just make life a bit too claustrophobic for moi…

Is everything about safety for chooks? Out there in the desert you’d have to have eyes in the back of your head so I guess it makes sense!

Some thoughts I’m having:

  • I really need to fence off one of the raised beds off if we ever want to eat a leek or any kind of vegetable again
  • Who takes the lead in creating a dust bath and will they leave it at one? Or do they create them all over the place…
  • They look pretty happy!
Chooks enjoying the sun after so many days of rain rain rain...

Girls just wanna have fun!

Resting is important after a dustbath.

We love our life!

Polly likes the rain!

polly loves the rainLeaving for work in the dark and returning at near dark, I was worried the girlies weren’t getting enough free-ranging time. Last week they went to roost at 7.15 at night. Now the clock’s gone back an hour they were inside by the time I had opened the door of the run to let them out.

I didn’t dare leave the run door open when it was still dark but you know what? I started thinking about their predators and dogs can’t come in so that leaves cats and I just gathered they’re big enough now. So I just open the run and leave them to wake up to a free-ranging paradise!


But I still didn’t know how they were getting on in the rain. It’s been raining for days now off and on but mostly on. So this morning after I came back from my swim I had a look. Polly was just walking around as queen of her estate and came to greet me when I came through the gate.

wpid-20140412_103603.jpg                  Molly and Dolly in run

The inseparable Molly and Dolly were in their tent run actually eating from the chooketeria. So they can use it!


all three love the rain    polly looking rather smug.

And then even they went for a walk in the rain so all good with the Ollys!

Milky Way lights up Wairarapa

Sometimes I think chickens are deprived. It’s great that they stick to the principle of early to bed, early to rise (makes a man healthy wealthy and wise) but I feel for them that they never get to see the great wairarapa skies…