Saturday, October 18, 2008

Oh, My Aching Feet!

This foot belongs to Audrey, my black Australorp.  She was my foot model because none of the other hens would volunteer--they all needed pedicures and were embarrassed about the state of their nails.
Next to Audrey's foot, you'll see acorns.
Here are more acorns in the chicken run.  This is just two days worth of acorn drop off the Live Oak that shades the coop and run.
Here's a patch of ground that is about 1 ft. square.  To say we have an abundance of acorns this year, would be an understatement.  The thing is, they're hard as rocks. My poor chickens have no grass in their run to cushion their feet from the darned acorns.  It must be like walking on marbles for them.  I used to rake them every other day, but now I've taken to using the big push-broom to just sweep them away--much quicker and more efficient.
There are many myths surrounding plants and animals regarding weather.  One of them just implies that if there are many acorns that we're in for a tough, long winter.  If that's the case, we're in for the next ice age at our house.  

Of course, what it really means is that the squirrels, deer and wild hogs will be getting fat.  Acorn production on the trees starts the winter before.  What the plant and animal folklore really points to is past weather, not weather prediction.  
Think I should buy a snow blower, just to be on the safe side?


  1. The sky is falling! The sky is falling!
    Our chickens like to eat the ones that we run over in our driveway. I always save some, crack them for the girls in the winter. The love picking out the nut meats, free food and they aren't as bored being cooped up then.

  2. lol! Michelle!

    I've never seen that many acorns in one place before. Wow!

    I think the first belief is right on the money, CeeCee. Wa had a really mild winter last winter here in the mountains, but this year everyone thinks we'll get back to having heavy snow, even more than usual.

    John just bought two tower heaters to help us save some money this winter. Last year we spent almost $1,600 on propane and just cannot afford to do that again. Gah!

    But we had below zero temps for over a week last year. Brr!

    When our tax money comes in we're buying a pellet stove, too.

    I've never heard of anyone else besides you that trims their chicken's claws. Is it normally done? Most of my chickens seem to wear down their claws on their own, but I do have a couple girls whose claws flip up instead of down, and could probably use a trim.

    It's just so icky, CeeCee. They walk in poo!
    Would it be weird to wash their feet first, or use disposable gloves?



  3. Wow, your oak tree is really producing over time, isn't it? That's sure a big bunch of acorns!

  4. Ouch! That does seem painful. Poor things!

  5. I was going to say a leaf blower would work. Of course it blows dirt around as well so who knows it it is worth it. I love acorns.