Who doesn’t like to receive an upgrade?! Well, unless it’s a Windows product, then you have to figure everything out again… but in general, I like upgrades. Well, the Littles’ side of the coop got a much anticipated upgrade in the form of a new egress. Anticipated by us, because we’d been thinking about it a while and trying to figure out the best way to go about adding it, and where to put it, and what size it should be…. All of that. What did we do? More on Friday~ just kidding! read on=> Continue reading
Today, I had planned to write about the new littles that came at the end of last week – tell you all about them; what they were, their characteristics etc. But guess what? I already did that. So, if you need a refresher, like I did, check out our post from August 19th entitled, “Getting Ready for New Littles“. If you just want an overview, I can give you that now. Continue reading
Whenever we talk to my folks, they ask “How are things on the farm?” So here’s a blanket update on recent happenings. Continue reading
“I really LOVE completing a project!” That was Sue’s end of the day quote today after we came in from hanging the newest set of nesting boxes in the chicken coop. I concur with that sentiment, actually. It’s always a good feeling when you complete something you’ve set out to do and then you stand back and look at it – and it looks great! Or at least it works, anyway. This project really came together. Continue reading
We’ve had a quiet Labor Day Weekend, but we still managed to get some things completed. I just wasn’t much help to Sue this weekend as she cleaned out the large side of the chicken coop. She didn’t plan on doing the total clean like we did on the littles’ side, this was just to get some of the old out and put a new layer of clean on the top. In general, you leave an inch or two of the old so that you don’t get rid of all the beneficial enzymes and such. Usually people do it once a year, but it was getting a bit stinky in there, so wanted to change it up a bit. Instead of hauling it out, like we did the other side, Sue scattered it around the enclosure. This will help to replenish the earth around the coop and give the chickens something to rummage through for bugs during the day. Leaving the hay on the ground also encourages bugs to come into the enclosed area, thus giving the chickens a nice supply! That was the big project for Saturday. Continue reading
Dusting is a natural activity for chickens. In fact, it is necessary for their health! Our chickens seem to enjoy this activity greatly. They enjoy it so much that they have set aside a whole section of the coop just for this activity. They have dusting holes that can swallow up the smaller chickens, like Maeve, and we can barely see them! Sometimes when we go out there, a chicken will be almost upside down in the hole and for a second we think, “Oh no! She’s dead!” But – no far – that has never been the case. They really get down and dirt in their little dusting holes. The photo on the right shows one of the buffs in the dust hole and another waiting. What you can’t see are the other three or four holes to the right. They just pick a good place and turn it into the communal bath. Continue reading
Yes indeed. Little chickens arrived today. Our first batch anyway. Because they are Bantams, they are extra small! Therefore, extra cute. You know I’m biased because I grew up with these little, cute, feisty chickens, but it’s difficult for people to get excited about extra small eggs! However, they are exceedingly great foragers and bug getters. We need some bug getters, let me tell you! The Hatchery sent us 21 babies! We were only supposed to get 16, I’m wondering if they thought we were going to lose some in transit. So far, they all seem quite hale and hearty. They don’t walk anywhere- they run! Then they stop wherever they get too tired and take a nap… sometimes that’s right in the middle of the food dish. 🙂 I took a short video of them that I’ll put at the bottom of the post, just to share the cuteness.
As I write this, I’m outside watering some of the trees because it’s been a number of days since we’ve had helpful rain. Although it takes some time, watering is one of my favorite things to do in the evening. I get to outside, focusing on something further away than the computer screen ( unless I’m bogging), and – in the quiet – I notice things that maybe I wouldn’t otherwise. Today I noticed that an army of ants had beat a path from their nest – in the center of the cleared area of the photo – to the other side of the fence. It’s a perfectly cleared highway and it was bustling with workers. I think most of them were hauling seeds, some had filched chicken feed. It’s a little hard to see, but it starts center photo and goes up, just to the left of the little tree. If ants can work together to make highways… what can we accomplish as a species? We’d just like to feed some people. And we’ll keep you posted on how that works out. Until then, as always~ thanks for reading!
Oh! I forgot! Here’s your video.
Today’s Weather: it was warm again today with slight winds off and on. I’m hoping for more rain!
Egg Report: ok- somehow we ended up with four duck eggs (one was NOT a goose egg) and 17 chicken eggs.
A lot went on here while I was out in California for my Dad’s birthday. You know, Sue just never stops! She’s been working on adding some improvements to the brooding table and doing last minute clean ups, etc. When ever we’ve had chickens in quarantine – regardless of the reason – when they’re out (or gone) we like to make sure everything is cleaned really well, with a bleach solution, just in case. Especially if we’re going to using some of it for littles that should be arriving tomorrow! This is the batch of stuff that Sue cleaned up on Monday, while I was driving back. Continue reading
This weekend I’m in California for my Dad’s birthday. Seems that I’ve been gone quite a bit lately. That leaves Sue taking care of these projects that are coming up- that we’ve talked about on these blogs lately. Continue reading
You probably know I was gone on a business trip Monday and Tuesday. When I finally came home Tuesday afternoon, Sue had sent me photos of the work she did while I was gone. Here’s the low down. Continue reading