Grandma’s Chicken

We visited Grandma’s today, and got there before one of her customers picked up these eggs.  She has several regular customers that would come by when they want fresh eggs.

Max was glad to visit again.  He killed several of her chickens the last time Grandma kept him when we were out of town.  Bo knew not to ask her to keep him again, his hunting instinct is too strong.

He is happy to be able to go places with us, especially visiting Grandma again.

One of Bo’s Americana Hens hatched 6 chicks this time.  Bo’s mom didn’t have as many rooster so half of the eggs did not hatched.

She is a good mother and this is her second set of chicks this year.

Grandma only kept a few Americana Hens since they are so stubborn sometimes.  These are the ones that lay blue eggs.

After Bo found out that he bought 2 male Guinea fowls, he has been searching for female Guinea Fowls for these guys but no luck so far.

I can’t remember what it is called when a chicken or bird stands on one leg and they like to do this a lot.

This one likes to drink from the kok water, this is not to be confused with Coke.

The Wild Red Jungle fowl that Bo got last year has grown. He is a lot more friendlier than his mom.

Feeding time.

Grandma saved today’s eggs for us.

Bo’s chicken coop is still intact and in working condition.  She opens from the back to get the eggs.

The laying hens laid 34 eggs today.  She doesn’t know how many hen she has, she lost count the last time she was trying to count them. I’m just glad that we get to take some fresh eggs home.

I will post Grandma’s Garden next.

I will add exif data when I have more time.

Visiting Grandma

The last time I visited Grandma’s Garden was in May, her vegetables have grown since then.  I didn’t get to take many photos, it threatened to rain while I was shooting video and then the sky opened up.  It was thunder and lighting and I didn’t think it would be ideal to use the rainsleeve on my camera, certainly don’t want to get struck by lightning.

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/22, 1/50sec, ISO 3200, focal length 70mm, evaluative metering

I uploaded my video in HD format, if you have a slow internet connection please watch in Youtube.

Grandma uses tree branches for her string bean and cucumber trellis.

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/8, 1/80sec, ISO 400, focal length 70mm, evaluative metering

I like the telephoto lens for the composition and in this case it compresses the background to make it look nice and tidy.

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/11, 1/25sec, ISO 400, focal length 70mm, evaluative metering

She also planted Blueberries.

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/4, 1/250sec, ISO 400, focal length 70mm, evaluative metering


Click to watch in Youtube.

Max was excited to visit the hen house again, and this time he was mesmerized by the chicken peeps.

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/5.6, 1/200sec, ISO 200, focal length 70mm, evaluative metering

There are so many predators out there, and she keeps them in a cage until they know how to care for themselves.

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/5.6, 1/200sec, ISO 200, focal length 140mm, cropped, evaluative metering

Another younger set have their mother to care for them.

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/5.6, 1/40sec, ISO 3200, focal length 140mm, evaluative metering

This is the second generation of Bo’s Americana laying hen, their eggs are as big as the ones you buy in the store.

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/5.6, 1/50sec, ISO 400, focal length 200mm, cropped, evaluative metering

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/5.6, 1/200sec, ISO 400, focal length 70mm, evaluative metering

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/5.6, 1/50sec, ISO 400, focal length 200mm, cropped, evaluative metering

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/5.6, 1/125sec, ISO 400, focal length 145mm, evaluative metering

Chicken Update May 1, 2011

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Grandma has so many hens that she lost count of them. They are like her children and they  follow her around.

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/6.3, 1/200sec, ISO 400, focal length 70mm, evaluative metering

She has to lock the roosters up part of the day so that the hens can do their business.

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Aperture Priority, f/5.6, 1/50sec, ISO 400, EB -0.3step, focal 122mm, evaluative metering

This one is waiting for her turn to lay her egg, Grandma said that at one time there were 3 hens sitting on the same nest, needless to say how the eggs turned out. It was dark in the hen-house and kind of hard to take a picture.

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Aperture Priority, f/4, 1/6400sec, ISO 400, Exposure Bias 0step, focal length 70mm, evaluative metering

The weather is still nice and cool, but longer daylight hours so the laying hens lay more eggs than during the winter months.

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Aperture Priority, f/4, 1/250sec, ISO 400, Exposure Bias 0step, focal length 118mm, evaluative metering

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Aperture Priority, f/5.6, 1/200sec, ISO 400, focal length 70mm, evaluative metering

This is Bo’s latest addition.  He thought he got a male and female Guinea Fowls, but it turned out that they are both males.

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/6.3, 1/160sec, ISO 400, focal length 200mm, evaluative metering

They do make a lot of noises and can fly pretty high.

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/6.3, 1/160sec, ISO 400, focal length 200mm, evaluative metering

This is one of the first few Americana hens that Bo bought last year.  She’s too old and doesn’t lay egg anymore.

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Aperture Priority, f/5.6, 1/800sec, ISO 400, focal length 140mm, evaluative metering

Rhode Island Red, far from home and just hanging out.

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Aperture Priority, f/5.6, 1/125sec, ISO 400, focal length 163mm, evaluative metering

An Americana hen, she is a beauty.

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Aperture Priority, f/5.6, 1/800sec, ISO 400, focal length 98mm, evaluative metering

Max is keeping a watchful eye on the hens.

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/6.3, 1/160sec, ISO 100, focal length 131mm, evaluative metering