Through Thick And Thin With Chickens

Not So Long Ago

It can’t be said too clearly or too often — you never can tell with chickens.  Take this smokey 209 air quality index number that we are enduring in Oysterville, for instance.  There have been few complaints from our girls.  In fact, that may be the only sign that they are under stress.  They are definitely more subdued than normal.

But, there is no wheezing or other sign of breathing difficulties.  Nor have they laid any eggs for a few days, despite the fact that our “EGG! EGG! EGG!” lessons have continued despite the air quality.  But since this lack-of-laying syndrome is not new, I hardly can credit it to smoke stress.

Not So Long Ago

I read that one precautionary measure to take might be to close them up in the coop and install an air filtering system.  Yeah!  Right!  Or take them inside the house where the air quality is better.  Yeah!  Right!

First of all, we don’t have an air filtering system ourselves.  We’re certainly not going to install one (and the electricity that probably is required) in the chicken coop.  Our 150-year-old house with all its leaky windows and drafty doors  probably hasn’t much better air quality than their coop.  Which probably isn’t much better than the outside.  And, as Farmer Nyel so often reminds me, “THEY’RE CHICKENS!”

Farmer Nyel In Sunnier Times

We are not overly concerned.  They are all young-ish and, as far as we can tell, normally healthy.  So, in those ways they should be better off than we are.  They seem to be eating their poultry food and drinking their water at their usual (or better) rate of consumption.  And I can’t tell if they are extra quiet because I won’t let them out of jail or what.  Perhaps we’ll know more when the air clears.

Late Breaking News:  Air Quality has been upgraded to “Moderate” with an AQI of 74!  Really???  Seems the same as yesterday but maybe things are looking up (so to speak).  Maybe we’ll get an egg or two today…


4 Responses to “Through Thick And Thin With Chickens”

  1. Bill says:

    Don’t know where you got 74, but I’ll take it. My weather app says its 211 in Long Beach – very unhealthy. Be glad you’re not in portland. My latest reading from there is Hazardous at 505

  2. Jane Smith says:

    I would love to have our AQI in the 200s! Here in Ridgefield we were over 500 this morning, but it seems to be getting better. It is 430 right now, but still high in the hazardous range. Hoping for a break tomorrow!

  3. sydney says:

    Hi Bill — Got it here:
    I saw yours, as well. In fact, depending on which site you go to, it’s all over the place. I don’t really care. I’m sticking with what I can see (very little) and feel (sore throat, scratchy eyes.) We’re staying inside. Chickens are not free-ranging. Weather app also says there’s a 10% chance of rain tonight. Here’s hoping…

  4. Gale says:

    I can just see chickens with masks. :)

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