Feeding Chooks in Feng Huang

Chook Update

In addition to our new dog, my wife has also found it necessary to get three chickens. We built a special coup and stuff. And then after we built it, she decided she wanted it on the other side of the house. The chooks did not help with that move. And here we are, about 15 weeks into it, and these chooks have only laid THREE eggs. She says it’s because their too young… I don’t know what to believe any more with these damned things.

Daily Photo – Feeding Chooks in Feng Huang

When in Feng Huang, I decided to go down to the river to take some photos. There was a direct way, but I thought it might be more interesting to zig-zag my way there through alleys. One of the most wonderful things about China is how safe it is. I never had any fear for my life or anything as I move around these places. It’s so safe, in fact, that it’s almost eerie! But, eerie in a good way, of course…

Feeding Chooks in Feng Huang

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  • susan ratcliff

    Love this – a real slice of life in China – sorry you aren’t getting more eggs – I am sure someone here is an expert and can give you some suggestions –

  • Casper van Zyl

    Just love this,there is a story here and it can only be told by the individual who reads into it. I to love China and to walk the back streets its invigorating you forget you are tired and just keep going like in NZ the a view around every corner and so its with China a picture around every corner. Love it!! MAYBE you need a rooster to keep you a wake in the morning,then eggs may come.
    Remember its not Easter yet hehe!!

  • Chooks? Sweet. We’ll make a Kiwi out of you yet mate! Don’t forget to wear your stubbies when out on your next shoot in NZ 🙂

  • And that, my friends, is how they make free range eggs.

  • Cat Bend

    I understand, Trey. My wife got into chickens 2 years ago and the story started the same. At least chickens are willing models. We enjoy the $5 eggs which is what I figure they cost at this point. 😉

  • Maria Falvey

    Thanks for the alley – even at home I prefer the little byways and alleyways – sometimes add a few minutes to a trip from a 2 b but usually worth it. Beautiful portrait shot as well so you got a win-win that day! 🙂

  • Casper van Zyl

    KUNG HEI FAT CHOI to all your Chinese followers ‘Happy New Year”

  • David G Barnes

    FYI – So my friends who have 8 kids raise chickens. They had the same issues. Found out that chickens hide there eggs if given the chance. So a good floor was the trick for them. Anyway good luck and have fun.

  • Trey Ratcliff

    Hehe thanks! 🙂

  • Welcome to the world of the chicken! As someone who has been keeping them for the last 8 years, I should warn you that they are probably the most stupid animals you will ever meet. They also have a habit of dropping dead for no apparent reason or getting themselves eaten by crafty racoons, possums or other critters that have way more time to look for holes in the coop fencing than I do. Good luck!

    On the eggs, it seems to take about 4 months before they start laying regularly (assuming you got them as newly hatched chicks). They also tend to lay better in the spring for us. In the heat of the summer or cold of the winter, they don’t seem to produce as well.

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