Wet, Ruffled Feathers

Well, it is finally feeling like autumn at the Farmhouse, thanks in no small part to yesterday’s first rain of the season (complete with teeth-jarring thunder and cringe-worthy lightening).  As this has been the only legitimate rain storm we have had since I first acquired the ladybirds back in the spring, I was way too curious to see how my pampered SoCal girls’d take it.

Just before it starts to rain, it is business as usual in the yard, aside from some extra fluffy feathers.

As it starts to rain, Clem stands, confused, in the driveway. What is this nonsense?

It went from dark and grey to raining cats and dogs so quickly that I missed the girls’ reaction, and when I dashed out to find them, this is what I saw:

All four girls, curiously watching the rain from the safety of their nice, dry coop.

Apparently, even the chickens can appreciate the pitter-patter of rain on their tin-roofed coop.

Another sudden downpour, and I am stuck in the coop with them!  It really is quite comfy in there.

In between the heavy rains, the girls seemed perfectly content to venture back out and get their dainty feet wet.  They had plenty to say about the thunder, chattering and scattering if it got too loud.

The water coming out of the gutter down-spout was utterly fascinating.

A very fluffy Clem takes refuge under the garden entry arch.

I get distracted by a pretty rose. ‘Miss All-American Beauty’ doesn’t mind getting her hair wet.

Another sudden downpour sends us back into the coop….this time we’ve had it with getting wet! Look at those droopy tails.

Despite it all, Millie, Gertie, & Eloise still got their work done. Clem? Too busy playing in the rain.

But this morning? A nice Clem egg, and another mystery rubber egg in the bottom of the coop.

The culprit is still a mystery….the thunder might of scared this one out of someone!

At the end of the day, we all weathered the first storm of the season quite nicely.  The coop is warm and dry, the girls, all fluffed out from the cold, are back to their normal cheerful morning antics, and I am happy that it is fireplace time again!

It was 100 degrees last week and now I’ve got the fireplace going.  I make no apologies.

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13 thoughts on “Wet, Ruffled Feathers

  1. Tammy/Our Neck of the Woods October 12, 2012 at 5:39 pm Reply

    Cute photos! My girls usually don’t mind the rain unless it’s a torrential downpour, then they seek shelter in their coop.

    I’ve heard that stress can make a chicken lay her egg quicker than normal, resulting in a rubbery shell. It is highly likely that the thunder may be to blame!

    • farmhouseK8 October 12, 2012 at 5:55 pm Reply

      Agreed! That thunder was stressing me out, too!

  2. keepyourmemoriesinyourshoes October 12, 2012 at 6:33 pm Reply

    Love the photos!

  3. little poppits October 13, 2012 at 12:13 pm Reply

    they are so cute! try some cider vinager in water, it worked a treat for me!

    • farmhouseK8 October 13, 2012 at 2:07 pm Reply

      Curious! What does that do? Helps with the shell-less eggs?

      • little poppits October 13, 2012 at 7:39 pm

        Yes it does, also it helps with moulting and just general health. It was something my breeder told me about.

      • farmhouseK8 October 14, 2012 at 1:21 am

        Nice! Thanks for the tip–definitely gonna try it!

  4. Charlotte Zweigoronc October 13, 2012 at 3:13 pm Reply

    I wonder if they will eventually bathe and dance around in the rain like birds do. Maybe when the rain is a little more gentle?

    • farmhouseK8 October 13, 2012 at 3:30 pm Reply

      Yeah, they seemed to like it when it was gentle–it was just the downpours (and man! were those some downpours!) and the really loud bouts of thunder.

  5. roberta October 14, 2012 at 8:44 am Reply

    Thanks for sharing, such pretty ladies, great pictures! Can’t wait for my 3 week olds to be out and on their own!

  6. Tilly's Nest October 14, 2012 at 11:51 pm Reply

    Oh I just love this post! How cute. My favorite part was you in the coop 🙂 Thank you so much for linking up to the blog hop again.~Melissa

  7. Coop Poop October 19, 2012 at 12:54 am Reply

    Beautiful Birds! Beautiful Coop! Beautiful Property!! How do you handle 100 degree weather for your girls? Mine just about die at 85 and humid…

    • farmhouseK8 October 19, 2012 at 1:51 am Reply

      Oh, man–they hate it. They just stay in the shade, panting and airing their armpits out. I almost brought them inside into the air-conditioning. Seriously–I almost did it.
      And thanks! Thanks! Thanks!

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