• Life Day By Day,  Life Wise Hints

    Learn Plan Live

    Life is full of lessons as we LEARN, PLAN AND LIVE. Some lessons I have learnt quickly, others I have taken a while to learn. It has been a busy week at our small castle – our home, this week. Every home should be a castle, our place of refuge, a place where we are warm, comfortable and happy. Our home is where we learn. We learn to take our first steps, we plan our dreams and goals, we live our life. We may go out to work, we visit friends, we go on holidays, but then we always come home to our castle – our home. This past week…

  • Living with Chickens

    Backyard chickens

    If you are a regular reader of my blog you will know we have backyard chickens. When we moved a couple of years ago to our home in Toowoomba I did not think this would be possible. However, we reorganised one side of our 1008 sq metre house block of land, had an enclosed vegetable garden built, then suddenly we found there was space for a chicken coop! The first step was to work out what type of home we would have for our chickens? Would we buy a flat pack or have one purposed built? My earlier posts describe what we went through to make the perfect place –…

  • Living with Chickens

    Chicken Antics

    I thought it was about time I reported on the Princess Chickens antics. It would be very difficult to answer them if they asked me when did you last mention us on your blog? Yes, chickens do talk, and after a while you begin to understand what they are saying! I am working on a topic that is not as lighthearted as chicken antics but with all of life, it has to be balanced. It is important to have fun alongside thinking about the deeper issues of life. As I mentioned in an earlier post laughing is good for us. It is not good for us to be serious all…

  • Life Day By Day,  Living with Chickens

    Chicken Coop Maintenance

    This post is about Chicken Coop Maintenance, following on from my post on “Home Maintenance”. In that post I mentioned I would be cleaning our Princess Chickens food and water feeders to keep their Palace (aka coop) tidy. Chicken coop maintenance for me is as important as keeping our home tidy and well maintained. This includes cleaning out their rest room area, nesting box and keeping the straw and sawdust fresh. Keeping their home maintained in this way makes me feel better, even if the Princess Chickens don’t notice any difference! And yet, I think they may like having a clean home as their “chicken talk” tells me they are happy…

  • Living with Chickens,  Self-Sufficiency

    Chicken Talk

    There is a lot of chicken talk going on at our place. Chicken talk is when we talk to the chickens and also when they talk to us. Yes, it is a two way situation. You have to listen carefully to what they are saying. After a while you come to understand, happy and not so happy talk. The not so happy talk happens when they hear my voice or even the roller door as I return from a trip to the supermarket and they do not get any attention. I became more aware of chicken talk this week when I bought hay for the chickens i.e. their Palace (aka…

  • Living with Chickens,  Socio-Political

    The Battery Hen

    Most of us love to eat eggs, but do we think much about the life of the battery hen? In years past I knew how hens were treated when caged but I did not think much about it. Chickens are called battery hens due to the way they are caged in rows and columns. Their world is about the size of an A4 piece of paper. It does not sound like much of a life and it isn’t. My “egg epiphany” came during the period I was contemplating having backyard chickens. Once you know about the characteristics of chickens and their behavioural needs could you continue to buy caged eggs?…

  • Living with Chickens

    CHICKEN’S ROYAL ADVENTURE

    The Princess Chickens, when they get the opportunity, like to have a Royal Adventure. As the Princesses are from a regal family they expect the best of everything in their daily routine. Recently I updated their egg label to be more fitting with their royal lineage. It is only proper that the Princess Chickens should have their own brand. I was chatting to my “one and only” two nights ago and saying how pleased I was with our effort to make the Princesses home a safe place for them. It is entirely predator proof. So what a surprise yesterday to find only three chickens in the Palace (aka coop). I…

  • Living with Chickens

    Christmas Greetings from Cluckingham Palace

    It is Christmas Day at Cluckingham Palace and the Princess Chickens have been busy with their royal duties. The paparazzi was out and about to capture the Princesses as they celebrated the day with a Royal Banquet. Once the Princesses had laid their eggs (one each for the day) they were keen to get out into the Palace grounds and celebrate. There was much commotion from the Princesses whilst they waited for their lady-in-waiting to set up the banqueting table. At first it was thought the Christmas tree would be knocked over in the dash to get the best food from the plank. But all well there! The banquet was…

  • Living with Chickens,  Retirement

    Chook Psychology

    My Etiquette Training School continues as I use my chook psychology to teach the Princess Chickens good manners for their daily lives. It is not always easy, particularly when I turn up with food. At that time all manners go out the window. I am pleased that I studied psychology all those years ago as I need this in my role as lady-in-waiting (one of my titles) for the Princesses. I am at their “beak and call”. I do everything for them, clean, provide food and drink and teach them manners. I have had some success. The Princesses all go up into the rest room at night and roost on…

  • Living with Chickens

    A Right Royal Calamity

    Yesterday we narrowly avoided a right royal calamity as the additional Dine-a-Chook feeders were installed in Cluckingham Palace. We left the Princesses out in their run while we (mostly BJ) did the work. However, being inquisitive regarding the Palace renovations they kept a close eye on what was happening. Without any warning Princess Bonnie, in a flash, pecked up the electric drill PK driver (about 2cms long) and ran away with it. A right royal calamity was about to unfold in the Palace grounds. I had to run after Princess Bonnie get hold of her and take the PK driver out of her beak. Phew, just in time before we…