We’ve had a pretty busy few days. Well, except for Sunday which is our Sabbath; the day we reserve for all things churchy and for taking it easy to refresh our bodies as well as our souls. We had a jammed packed Saturday and a very busy Monday. Are you ready for the news? Then I’ll tack on some insect photos at the end. I’ll try to keep it coherent. Continue reading
Have you ever heard of the REALTOR® Designation, M.R.P.? It stands for Military Relocation Professional. Well – did you know that Sue and I have the C.R.P. Designation? Chicken Relocation Professional. And boy did we exercise that today! We began and ended the day relocating chickens, for various reasons. Whenever we’re in the midst of doing things like that, people drive by and wave, I always imagine that they’re saying – “What are they doing now?” I think we give our neighbors a great deal to talk about! Continue reading
Well, we don’t think you can ever have too many eggs – but sometimes we can have too many orders for eggs! Right now, Tom the Baker is ramping up for the holidays. He’s wanting to start back up with 10 dozen each week. 10 dozen! We were able to fulfill that order today, but we had to wait until Sunday evening in order to get that many. We didn’t sell any to anyone else all last week so that we could get to 10 dozen by today… and we just barely made it! After we took the 10% out, we had exactly 10 dozen. When I dropped them by this morning, I said, “Just let me know what you need later this week…” and he said, “10 dozen.” All I could say was that we’d do our best. We have orders in from regular private clients as well. We don’t want to forsake everyone to make sure Tom gets 10. Especially those that purchase from us because they have allergies or are dealing with cancer – so they’re trying to eat more cleanly. What’s a body to do? We’re coming up on that time when they are really going to slow down for the winter. We’ll just do the best we can! Continue reading
Who knew that there was such a thing as chicken drama? Well let me tell you, we’ve been playing chicken switch for several days now to try and help squelch the drama. This chicken here, these there, whose going to try to take over as head hen? It’s just been amazing. Up until now, our flocks have been relatively calm and basically trouble free. Well, ok – at the very beginning when we had way too many roosters in the original coop, there was some stress. Once we processed those guys, there was immediate calm in the flock. It was amazing. But, lately, whew – we’ve had some trouble. Continue reading
…the number three. We’ll add chickens any chance we get! Who doesn’t need more chickens? Just three more, please. Today we’re going to pick up three Easter-Eggers from a church friend who is moving to Georgia. His wife is getting transferred, so they are picking up and heading East. They are the family that gave us the four hens earlier this summer. Well pick them up soon and put them in with
their “flock” this evening at closing time. We’ll start the process of changing them over to organic food, so we can add all their eggs to our ‘sellable’ stash. It only takes a couple of weeks for the old food to be completely cleared from their bodies and their eggs can be considered organic. I was surprised that it could happen that quickly. After three weeks we could be adding their super large eggs to our cartons. These are also the chickens we’re going to pair up with the 3 goat boys. Chickens and goats are supposed to get along quite well. That will be an interesting adventure for all, I’m sure.
It’s Wednesday, traditionally a short post. Let’s stick with tradition, then. After the crazy Monday, things have been rather quiet around here. As long as you don’t count the chicken escapee, who we just can’t catch, and the mower deck detaching itself from the tractor. Just normal days, really. Let’s catch up.
Any “Wallace & Gromit” fans out there? If you’re not familiar with the shorts and movies, I recommend you look them up for a wonderful bit of silliness! I was thinking of this title earlier today; sometimes I start thinking about what the blog will be about quite early in the day, and this title just kept jumping to the top of the list. Then, as the day progressed and I was getting updates from Sue, I wondered if I’d be able to continue to work with it. Well – we’ll see how we do when we get down to the end. Some interesting things happened today. Ready to take a gander? Continue reading
Or at least the chicken tractor. That’s what we did before I went to work today. Sue thought it took longer than it should, but I thought we did it in pretty good time. The reason we did this? The banties were getting water in their coop on a regular basis and it wasn’t drying out in between the rains very well, so it was getting rather yucky in there. Sue had already taken out all straw from inside and they were left with just the bare floors, because they’re way old enough just to roost up on the roosts, and they were fine with that, but it smelled dank and musty – not a healthy environment. So Sue wanted to lift it off the ground, let more air circulate to dry it out (it already looks better and smells cleaner), keep them off the wet wood that’s underneath, and also provide them with a larger protected area of shade. So we lifted the tractor today and placed it on 1 large cinder block, plus a 1/2 block. That raised it enough that the chickens could get in underneath – maybe their food and water can go under there as well – in the front section where it’s easily accessible and can stay dry and cool during the summer rains and heat, then the water might not freeze in the winter. Continue reading
That’s one of Sue’s expressions left over from her Navy days. That’s what happened yesterday; I was ‘overcome by events’. So we’re doing another “make-up day” today. You know how I try to photo or graphic up by this paragraph that has something to do with the title? Well, today I fished around for an O.B.E. meme or clip-art, but when I looked up images, mostly what I was able to retrieve were photographs of people receiving a chivalry medal for The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. Not exactly what I was going for. We’ll just have to do with the standard graphic from acronymsandslang.com. Oh well. Can’t be cool every day. I’m also seeing that WordPress doesn’t particularly care for this graphic, so the words are a bit obscured. This is not operator error. Just so you know. Continue reading
Yep. I’m a day late again. Totally not my intention. I got rained in at a friends house last night. Went over after work to have a glass of wine and catch up. It started raining around 6:30 and I thought – I should go soon so I can help put up the chickens if it starts raining at home. Started saying my goodbyes; at 6:45 it started absolutely pouring. I hurried on out and jumped in the car. They live on a dirt road and it was already flooding. I knew of two ways to get out, one was a short cut and fraught with gullies and dips that surely were flooded, the other was the more used way, down the quickly flooding road. It wasn’t deep, so I decided to slog it that way. I got half way to the main road that is blacktopped when a guy in a lifted truck flagged me down and said – “you can’t go that way. The wash is flooded and you’re car is too small. So I had to call Sue and let her know that I wasn’t going to make it – and I turned around to wait out the rain at my friend’s home. Continue reading