February Mid-Month Meanderings (and Chicken Antics)

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february mid month meanderings grow and resistOne of the Annies did some weird stuff. Help solve mystery!

With all the urban homestead trademark non-sense going on I am a little late giving you a look around the garden. Or perhaps I put the garden in hiding. An edible garden during February in Seattle is anything but lush. Ours is a general mess right now due to 1) my inability to put away tools (or any various gardening implements if I’m telling the truth) and 2) the chickens who are intent on slinging dirt and straw all over the paths (when they aren’t digging large holes).

I am the one that can’t seem to convince myself to keep them more contained so I suppose the mess is my fault. In my defense, when the sun comes out in Seattle, we all need to get out. And that includes my little feathered friends.

Despite the winter mess, we are starting to see some promise.

february mid month meanderings grow and resistThe raspberries are coming back to life

february mid month meanderings grow and resistOne of the plum trees is budding

february mid month meanderings grow and resistA bit of sorrel starting to come back! Mmm, sorrel. I love, love sorrel.

february mid month meanderings grow and resistIndian Plum tree

february mid month meanderings grow and resistRed Flowering Currant (I think. I can’t remember. My brain is in a fog and the Babylady removes labels.)

february mid month meanderings grow and resistDaylilies back for a repeat performance.

We have a lot of crocus in bloom. Tulips, daffodils and iris are coming up as well as a host of other bulbs I planted and can’t remember what. There is a scrap of paper… somewhere.

february mid month meanderings grow and resistThe blueberries are back! We have 4 this year and I’ve been working on propagating 4 more. We’ll see if they take! The Babylady = “Blueberries for Sal.” Without the bears.

february mid month meanderings grow and resistHere starts the mystery. This is Annie. Or one of the Annies. We can’t tell them apart.

By the way, all our chickens are named after John Denver songs. And so will our new ones. We can’t help ourselves. We are getting 8 more chickens. Again, we can’t help ourselves.

february mid month meanderings grow and resist chickensIn she goes. Ignore the poop. I’ve since cleaned the coop. Instead look at the cute fluffy chicken butt!

february mid month meanderings grow and resist chickensChecking out her nest box.

february mid month meanderings grow and resist chickensAnd she is in. Now things start getting bizarre.

february mid month meanderings grow and resist chickensEnter the other Annie. In this picture Annie #1 is mid-egg lay.

february mid month meanderings grow and resistI saw the egg drop. Still shiny! This is the first Annie in the left nest box. I left the egg there.

So, Annie #1 laid her egg in the left nest box. I left it there to wait for the other Annie to finish up.

A while later I went back to check on Annie #2. She was still in her box (the middle box) but the egg in the left nest box was gone. And now under Annie #2. Who had yet to lay her egg. I took Annie #1 egg away from Annie #2.

Later still I went again and Annie #2 had left an egg. So, the Annies each laid an egg. In different nest boxes. And yet they both ended up under Annie #2.

This means Annie #2 moved the egg to her box. Over a divider that is about 4″ tall. Without breaking the egg.

Seriously? Is this possible? Do they do this? Why? Chicken people. Explain!

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