October 10, 2014

Friday Follow-Up

This week:

-- October is my favorite month. I love the changing leaves, even though they aren't as spectacular here as they are in other places we've lived (New England for instance), and the smell of autumn in the air, a blend of wood smoke, leaves and other unnamed things. I love the colors of autumn, the browns, golds, oranges and russet reds. Two of our four children celebrate birthdays in October, and it was also my mother's birth month. We don't celebrate halloween, so that isn't part of it. I simply love autumn, and it's embodied in October.

-- My oldest hen "Nemo" has gone missing. She disappeared several days ago, but after three days she reappeared in the barnyard one morning in Samson's company. The next morning she was missing again. I was amazed to see her back again that morning, but I doubt I'll see her again now.

I've tried to research how long chickens live, but because they are usually butchered when they stop laying or fall victim to predators, I haven't been able to find an answer. Nemo was nine years old, but I still don't know the answer to the question, because she disappeared without a trace and was probably dinner for a critter.

-- The last buck kid "Denver" is supposed to go to his new 4-H home this afternoon. That will free up some space and I'll be letting Phantom out with the does this week for March kids.

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  1. I read somewhere that it's not unheard of for chickens to live close to 20 years, but I'm sure they have to be in extremely good health and have it in their genes for that to happen. 10-15 years is definitely within reason for chickens that have been relatively protected from predators and disease.

  2. Thank you for that information, Rebekah. I feel pretty good then that Nemo lasted 9 (or 10, I don't remember) years. She laid her last egg this spring, she was the only green egg-layer left in my flock so it was unmistakably hers.

  3. Maybe Nemo knew her time was up and sought to make it a quick ending. I think it's great she was around for ten-ish years! So cool that she was actually still able to lay at that age.

    I looooooooove love love October. Especially today, now that it's finally not pretending to be August anymore. :P I'm with you on Halloween, too. yech. Although I do love dressing up. So I have been known to throw a dressing-up harvest-themed party around this time of year. But it's not for halloween. No ghouls or wraiths or anything foul. lol

  4. You might be right about Nemo, Rose. I am thankful she lived for such a long time; it was fun to have her as a fixture in the chicken coop.

    I'm also glad to find another autumn-lover! And yes, I'm enjoying today's cooler weather.

  5. I am so sorry to hear about your hen. We do get used to seeing our creatures each day, don't we. Our leaves have started to turn with the snap of chilly weather we have encountered this week. And enough rain to (almost) draft blueprints to build a boat. LOL Your blog is so peaceful. I enjoy every visit!

  6. Thank you so much, Mrs. C. I hope you don't have to resort to building an arc. Take care.


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