little messy missy

little messy missy

Friday, April 9, 2010

Chickens in stitches and a little bling...

I have been stitching away lately and made a special thank you for grandma and grandpa B. for all the treasures they have sent our way. I am mailing them a little package today and the tea towel with a hen and a rooster were made just for them! I also have made a couple pieces of jewelry, of which my daughter promptly took and has been wearing almost every day.  She looks good in it and it shows off the beautiful red in her hair. My kitchen is a disaster, I need to take down the Easter decor, I need to put away the piles of clean clothes and re-pot of few seedlings....oh and those of you who raise chickens I have a question. Those of you who don't, don't bother reading unless you want to be totally grossed out! So some of my hens seem to be getting pasty butt. I have had chicks that have had it before but not the 3 year old hens. Also it is still freezing here in the evenings and I even have a little snow left on the ground, so how the hell do I clean their backsides off without freezing their bums in the process? Any suggestions would be great. I cleaned out the coop two weeks ago. Treated everyone and everywhere for red mite, new pine in boxes, added some dusting sand (they free range most of the time) and am picking up some food grade DE today. (Prevention tactics done!) Well I am off to refill my coffee and force myself to get moving....no matter how strong the urge is to curl up on the couch with my book inside a big homemade quilt and a fresh cup of coffee with coconut creamer...


6 comments:

Bloody Frida said...

re: preventative measures! Hurrah! I wish I had known and done all of that this past winter. My four hens all have naked red butts. So I slather them with ointments from Rooster Booster.

Re: the pasty butt - whenever anything is hanging off my hens' butts, I just pull it off (ouch!). But what I have heard is a warm bath inside the house and blow dry them with a hair dryer.

have you seen http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/index.php - great information resouce.

Sahara said...

That necklace is fantastic! Do you sell any of your jewelry?

Chicken Boys said...

Clean them in the kitchen sink, then keep them indoors till they dry. LOL
~Randy

Chickens in the Basement said...

Hey Missy,

I recall seeing a post from The Hen House or The Moors a few months ago. They put her under the sink and washed her good, then used the blow dryer to fluff her up again. If she can be away from the cold...garage, basement, bathroom, until she is dry, she should be okay. I have one girl who has it, but she is sitting on a pile of eggs. I don't have the heart to pull her off, shove her under the sink, freak her out with the blow dryer and throw her back in the hen house.

Happy butt cleaning!
Anna

bad penny said...

yeah a friend washes & blowdries her hens too ! I've not had any hen probs yet .....
Not suprised daughter nicked necklace - it's gorgeous !

Country Girl said...

Not sure on the chickens? Pine in the boxes, that is a good idea. Love your creations....love your blog. You are an inspiration!

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