Good Food for the Chickens

Posted by Sharkey

When I was outside the other morning, I came upon a large bag of greens just sitting on a wall.  I thought that maybe Chef Pierre had forgotten about the food he picked in the vegetable garden for Martha’a dinner party when I realized that the bag contained scraps for the chickens.  Francesca, G.K., and I got to go on a little adventure with Uncle Carlos.

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How curious, there's a bag of greens that look to be picked from the garden sitting here on the wall.  Why wasn't it brought to the kitchen where Chef Pierre is cooking away for Martha's dinner party tonight?

1 How curious, there's a bag of greens that look to be picked from the garden sitting here on the wall. Why wasn't it brought to the kitchen where Chef Pierre is cooking away for Martha's dinner party tonight?

Oh, I see!  These are just the scraps from all the herbs and vegetables for tonight's meal!   Pierre kindly saved them so we can feed them to the chickens!

2 Oh, I see! These are just the scraps from all the herbs and vegetables for tonight's meal! Pierre kindly saved them so we can feed them to the chickens!

Come on, Francesca!  Carlos is loading us up in the Kawasaki so we can take a ride down to the chicken coops!

3 Come on, Francesca! Carlos is loading us up in the Kawasaki so we can take a ride down to the chicken coops!

I'll sit up front with Uncle Carlos!  Onward to the chickens!

4 I'll sit up front with Uncle Carlos! Onward to the chickens!

Francesca and Sharkey, I know I'm usually the one who's always on a leash, but I think it's better for the safety of the chickens if you two are leashed, also and only Uncle Carlos goes into the coop!

5 Francesca and Sharkey, I know I'm usually the one who's always on a leash, but I think it's better for the safety of the chickens if you two are leashed, also and only Uncle Carlos goes into the coop!

Oh G.K., Francesca and I love the chickens!  We wouldn't do anything to hurt them...intentionally!

6 Oh G.K., Francesca and I love the chickens! We wouldn't do anything to hurt them...intentionally!

Sharkey, I think G.K. is right.  While they are definitely our friends, the way we Frenchies like to rough house and assert our dominance doesn't go over well for the chickens!

7 Sharkey, I think G.K. is right. While they are definitely our friends, the way we Frenchies like to rough house and assert our dominance doesn't go over well for the chickens!

Look at those hens move!  They must be aware that a balanced diet is important for any animal's health, especially when you rely on them for food.

8 Look at those hens move! They must be aware that a balanced diet is important for any animal's health, especially when you rely on them for food.

What we feed the chickens affects their eggs - their size, taste, and the shell!

9 What we feed the chickens affects their eggs - their size, taste, and the shell!

We feed them organic chicken feed so they can get their fill of whole grains, but they also get plenty of fruits and vegetables from the garden.  Foods rich in beta-carotene also affect the color of the yolks, making them deep yellow.

10 We feed them organic chicken feed so they can get their fill of whole grains, but they also get plenty of fruits and vegetables from the garden. Foods rich in beta-carotene also affect the color of the yolks, making them deep yellow.

It's so gratifying to see that the chickens are so happy with this serving of greens.

11 It's so gratifying to see that the chickens are so happy with this serving of greens.

Our feathered friends lay delicious eggs that have rich, yellow yolks and sturdy shells.  It's all thanks to their organic and diverse diet!

12 Our feathered friends lay delicious eggs that have rich, yellow yolks and sturdy shells. It's all thanks to their organic and diverse diet!

Comments (15)

  • Good morning F&S and GK,
    I can vouch for the chicken eggs. Karen brought some home from Martha's farm several times and we were amazed at the deep dark yellow color of the yolks. Karen said they were delicious and that Martha should sell them to the restaurants in her area.
    Well Francesca, you are still wearing your collar but that may take a while to heal. Sharkey, no bandage. Waa Huu. Good for you. I am glad you are mended. How is GK doing, still limping?
    Speakinhg of GK, there was a Chow Chow Specialty this weekend in Hampton, Virginia. If he was not taking the summer off of showing, they were going to take him to that show. So, they took me instead. I
    not only won the Specialty, I got to retire three trophies. I won that show three consecutive times.
    The one trophy is over 5 feet tall. It was amazing. I gotta tell you, it felt good to be in that ring again. A lot of judges remembered me. One begged to take me home with him. hehehehehehehe
    Well, what happened with all you Glue Squad members over the weekend? I can't wait for your reports.
    Love to all,
    Maddox

  • Good Morning F, S, GK and all my Glue Squad buddies
    I'm back :)

    I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday weekend I know I did Mom and Dad came home no more SUPER NANNY!!

    Well I survived but that was a long week. SN likes to carry around a squirt bottle and if the big dogs start to bark or act up she gives them a squirt. She really only had to do that the first day because after that all she would say was "I'm getting the bottle" and everyone would behave. I on the other hand enjoy the nice spritz of cool water on my face so I did whatever I wanted. She recorded my snoring one night and sent it to mom. She also told mom that the reason my dad has lung issues is because we are toxic - I guess she didn't appreciate the butt trumpets and the nice scent we deliver :)

    I haven't had a chance to read last weeks blog but I hope everyone is doing well. I see Franny that you still have your eye button any idea when that is coming off? No purple boot Sharkey does that mean your nail is healed?

    Reading about the chickens has my mom wanting them again. She's afraid the neighbors will complain but she really wants them. We don't have an acre of ground so we would be violating the town ordinance - she is going to investigate it further. I think they would be fun to chase around ;)

    Have a great day everyone I know I'll be indoors another heat warning in our area.

    Zoe

  • Good morning everybody!
    Looking like everybody's on the mend! The chickens are so wonderful along with those beautiful eggs!
    Congratulations, Maddox. What a great weekend you had! Zoe, a squirt gun? Are you really that wild? I get so confused on these 3-day weekends. Papa's home all day I we don't go to work! Our weekend was very quiet until yesterday. The Fam came over for a cook out. The kids had a blast on the slip and slide. It's been too hot here for them to swim in the lake. Mimi thinks about the germs growing in the water. The ducks & geese don't care about that stuff... I'll need a longer nap today, we had really loud boomer storms last night and some hail, too.
    Have a great day everybody!
    Your pal,
    Rebel

  • Hello ladies, Kirby here.
    What a weekend I had. Started off just being hot but yesterday the effects of the storm reached here. There were thunderstorms all around for hours. Didn’t have any hit my house, but I could hear them and wanted everyone in the downstairs room with the TV on the weather channel. Yep, I know what those red bars are for at the bottom of the screen. Expecting rain today; we need it badly. Maddox, I know this one thing; when you have it you don’t loose it. Way to go winning at the show this weekend. I was pulling some loose hair out yesterday and the word “cone” came up. That got my attention and I sat still for a good brushing. Removed enough hair to cover a small dog like Zoe. Hehehehehe.
    Catch you later, Kirby.

  • Good Morning Francesca, Sharkey, G.K. and all the glue squad,
    CONGRATULATIONS MADDOX! way to go acing that Specialty Chow Chow show. You and your family must be very proud!
    Sharkey and Franny its great you were able to visit the chickens with Uncle Carlos and G.K. They are beautiful birds, many varieties and must have been glad to get those green treats. Mom was just looking up beta carotene this morning since she loves carrots. The eggs look wonderful. We have local brown eggs in the refrigerator now.
    Welcome Back Lynn, we hope you had a great trip to the mountains. Zoe, glad you are rid of super nanny and her water spritzer.. maybe if you got a hold of it she would know what it feels like to get unwelcome water in the face...hehehe.
    Rebel and Kirby hope you are keeping cool now post thunder storms. 82 and only 9 a.m. so another hot day here. I am napping since one of our neighbors plays choral music at 2 a.m. The dog boarders at work this weekend were happy with the air conditioning. Keep COOL,I will be laughing later when James Dean the persian gets his hair cut at work. Abby the frenchie pug

  • Hi F,S,&GK+Glue Squad, WOW!!! F,S,&GK the three of you wonderful buddies look so great in these photos with Uncle Carlos and the chickens! Sharkey, I am so glad you paw is well again! Franny and GK, you both look much better, also! Martha's chickens are very special ones who produce such great eggs and how nice Martha shares some with her employees! We had a fair weekend, except for Saturday night when my Uncle Tim fell and cut part of his head and he and my Mom had to go to the emergency clinic to get it fixed. They were gone for about 4+ hours and he had 11 stitches and staples on his head. He is finally feeling a little better and has to go back on June 5th. At least the weather was OK and I did get one long walk earlier that same day. Sure hope the rest of you had a good weekend. Enjoyed reading the great comments from Maddox, Zoe, Rebel, Kirby, and Abby so far and will return to see the rest of you later! Hope you all have another great day! Love, Dudley Do Right XOXOXO+

  • Hello Ladies & G.K.,
    Glad to see the paw glove off Sharkey. Hoping Franny will soon follow with getting the eye button off. And G.K., you must be the proudest son in the world. Maddox retiring the trophies and winning the speciality. I never knew this about retiring trophies. Maddox, we want to see you with the trophies. You are 'da man for sure. Congratulations to you, Karen and Jan!!!
    Now for my weekend, well we came home late Saturday night. It should have been an omen when we were headed up and it was snowing on Eisenhower Tunnel, but that is 11,158 feet high so I thought it would change. Well there wasn't snow at Seymour Lake, but the winds would not let up and they were 40 miles an hour. My hubbie and son still fished in the wind, but then they are ice fisherman. I couldn't hike. There were lots of dogs and Cora Belle, guess what? Soon as we arrived they were 6 people horseback riding with their cattledogs along side. The male dogs wouldn't come to me, but they female came right up for pets until her Mom called her---Belle, come on Cora Belle. I thought that was so cool and it helped me in missing my boy. I am glad everyone had a good weekend and that Zoe the SN is gone. Will check back again as I can hardly wait to hear from everyone.
    Hugs and smiles,
    Lynn

  • Gee, those chickens eat better than I do! :)

    Have the chickens eaten anything from Martha's current book "Martha's American Food"? :)

    It's cloudy and grey here in NH! Waiting for some thunderstorms to pass on through.

    Glad to see the three amigos out and about hobnobbing with the fine feathered friends! :)

    gail

  • Yes indeed good to see that Sharkeys nail area is healed enough to go without a bootie...and Francesca I hope soon your eye will be well again...G.K. good to see you!

    Love the chickens, bet the eggs are really good.

    Congratulations Maddox, way to go!!! :-)

    oops, I just sneezed (the windows are open) and Kitty is laying next to me on the computer table, poor thing she about jumped out of her furry skin...trust me I don't sneeze lightly ;-)

    Hope you all had a great weekend!

    delia & Kitty =^. .^=

  • Hi girls and GK,

    Those eggs look really good. Mom gets her eggs from Zoe's mom who goes to the farm to get them. She is always saying how fresh they are.
    Well, I hope everyone had a great weekend. I did. Mom went out and bought me my pool.:) I had so much fun playing in the water. Mom took lots of pictures. Abbie had fun too playing with me. I caught two more moles too.:) One survived, one didn't. I did try to bring it back to life with a little tap from my paw, but he was a goner.:( We also had some new critters getting into the yard. Two huge turtles came in trying to lay eggs. Mom got them out and took them back to the water. The one was really nasty. He tried to bite me :(

    I have to share this too... super nanny recorded Zoe snoring at night and sent it to my mom. She played it for me LOL and Zoe..... you sure are loud. You would be sleeping downstairs. How Aunt Ann sleeps at night I will never know.
    Well off for some swimming. Keep cool everyone !! and have a great day!!!

    Chloe xx

  • "Look at those hens move" might really mean that hens see the three of you and headed for the hills. :wink: Sharkey hopefully your purple boot is gone for good. I can't wait for you to have your button and cone removed Franny. G.K. I hope your Lyme has gone away and you are no longer limping.

    I hope everyone had a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend. Congrats Maddox on not only winning the Specialty Trophy but getting to retire three trophies, that's huge! Dudley, sorry about your Uncle Tim, I hope he feels better. Lynn, your weather sounds as crazy as what it's been here in Chicago. Zoe, yay you're back. Rebel, Kirby, Abby sounds like you all had good fun and stayed pretty much out of trouble. Chloe I hope you didn't tear too many of Mom's flowers. Cora-Belle what was the range like this weekend?

  • Hi, G.K., Sharkey and Francesca,

    You're so fortunate to have that nice Uncle Carlos to drive you around! I love days when my Nana Jan drops by because I usually go for a ride with my mom and her...it's so much fun to stick my head out the window and breathe the fresh air. I don't see any chickens on our route but there are ducks galore. Shhhh, don't tell anyone, but I am a little scared of the big drakes that live at the lake.

    I'm glad to see all three of my cyber friends are on the mend. Have a great day!

    XOXO,
    Poco

  • ...I like chickens and ducks..but like you naughty little frenchies, I am not to be trusted around the feathered critters..not my fault they make a lot of noise and flop around when chased...Maddox, so proud of you..it has to be a great feeling to be a show dog, Lucinda tells me all the time that if I were a show dog I would win lots of trophies..NOT!..I am too naughty, and would bite the winner...Lynn, glad you got to see a cattle dog up close and personal..I was bred to be bigger than most..in my prime I weighed about 75 lbs..L was a lean mean herding machine...I passed out in the yard yesterday..so everyone is watching me closely, something a about a heart murmur...I say big deal, I feel fine today...a matter of fact I am going out..(No, James I do not need to be carried!) and do a couple barks...then take a snooze...I loved reading what all my glue squad buddies did over the long week-end..over and out, Cora-Belle

  • Do Sharkey and Francesca know about DOGTV? I am sure they would love watching it.

  • Hi again,
    Some newbies on here today. Thank you everyone for your nice comments about me winning and retiring those trophies. What can I say, I just happen to love showing. Karen says it is in my blood.
    Zoe, welcome back girl. Tell the SN that she is taking care of dogs. Dogs bark. That is a natural thing. Next time she comes, put duct tape on her mouth. It is natural for humans to talk so maybe if she couldn't talk for a while she would ease up on the barking. Either that or pee on her shoe. You said you like to get sprayed so at least you would stay kool. hehehehe
    Kirby, I am so glad you stopped chewing so you don;t have to wear the cone. That was good to get that extra fur out, it leaves your coat have more breathing room, which makes it a little more bearable. I guess this is the price we chows must pay to look handsome, eh Kirby? That was a nice story abou the cattledog named Belle Lynn. Speaking of our cattledog, Cora-Belle, now you are scaring me again. Can they give you medicine for your heart murmur? I hope so. Well gang, I am going to take a nap. Posing with those trophies was very tiring. hehehehehehe
    I love you all very much,
    Maddox

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