Jan 1, 2016

Flock Focus Friday 1/1/16

Sherman, my Silver Spangled Hamburg cockerel.
Happy New Year! I promised a closer look at my holiday chicken yard decorations and I'm delivering! We enjoyed unprecedented warm weather in December, which gave me ample opportunities to deck the coops! 
Kathy Shea Mormino, The Chicken Chick®
Duke (Mille fleur d'Uccle) has been making a habit of bunking down in the nest boxes, so he gets a personal escort onto the roost nightly- including on Christmas Eve!
I had three trees in the chicken yard this year, each with their own theme.
This one is my Rusty Rustic Tree. I used a lantern for the tree topper and made little wreath ornaments out of the plentiful supply of rusty barbed wire found in the woods behind our house.
Chicken yard Christmas Tree.
I bought myself a pre-Christmas food dehydrator and had fun dehydrating oranges and apples for decorating this Christmas season! 
Sheep sheers, dehydrated oranges and burlap garland completed this tree.
Chicken yard Rustic Rusty Christmas Tree.
A chicken-keeping friend of mine had to sell her farm recently and offered me any chicken equipment I wanted to take. The vintage chicken feeder filled with boxwood, white pine and dehydrated oranges and topped with one of the many grapevine wreaths I made, serves as the centerpiece of the large chicken run. I this this was probably my favorite project this year.
Chicken Feeder holiday mantle
Finally, the molting girls got back to laying this month!
Fresh Eggs in bucket of boxwood
These grapevine and barbed wire boxwood wreaths were hung on the vintage ladder in front of the run.
Barbed wire and grapevine boxwood wreaths.
The tree in front of the small red coop was decorated with a copper barn star, cattails and snippets of the ornamental grasses that grow next to my coops. I used red deco mesh for the garland and a vintage sled under the tree.
Chicken yard cattails Christmas Tree.
This tree was the favorite for the chickens to congregate around.
Chicken yard Christmas Tree.
 Chicken yard Christmas Tree.
Christmas decor in the chicken yard
The pencil tree was decorated with dried hydrangeas in a variety of colors and a jute garland.
The pencil tree was decorated with dried hydrangeas in a variety of colors and a jute garland.
Nothing says Christmas quite like a chicken run wrapped in construction plastic! 
Christmas window
My Polish babies got their first field trip out of the coop in balmy, 60°F weather! 
Polish chickens, adolescents.
This chicken feeder was one of the pieces of equipment I inherited from my friend. I painted it with a hammered copper finish and filled with greens, ornamental grasses and cattails. Apparently the ice melting from the grasses was delicious.
This chicken feeder was one of the pieces of equipment I inherited from my friend. I painted it with a hammered copper finish and filled with greens, ornamental grasses and cattails. Apparently the ice melting from the grasses was delicious.
Daisy's (Mille fleur d'Uccle) favorite spot to perch this winter has been the yule log in the wagon.
I think she makes the perfect accessory for it!
Daisy's (Mille fleur d'Uccle) favorite spot to perch this winter has been the yule log in the wagon.
Thanks for visiting today- have a great 2016!
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You can allow me to enjoy my coffee in silence or endure my uncaffeinated wrath. Which will it be?
The voices in my head keep telling me to get more chickens.
If someone says you drink too much coffee, walk away. You don't need that kind of negativity in your life.
Too much coffee? No. Why do you ask?
I added some Friday to your coffee. You're welcome!
Woke up early- there was no worm. Heaven help me if there's no coffee.
Step away from the coffee and no one gets hurt.
Rise and shine? NOT. More like caffeinate & carry on.
Ever feel like you've had too much coffee? Me neither.
The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear. Buddy The Elf
Did someone say, "COFFEE?!"
Coffee is jet fuel for the morning impaired.
It's not "Happy" or "Merry" anything until AFTER I have had my coffee.
I need coffee to get the energy to drink more coffee.
Coffee fuels my inner ninja.
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