We’ve only been home for 4 days, and there are still suitcases and Rubbermaid containers exploding throughout the house, (it’s mostly MY stuff) but my little gardener, and lover of all things spring, has found the time and resources to start her seeds for the season, and label them with a very cute flair, I… Read More Springtime In Her Spirit
Sadly, this has often been the scene in our backyard in recent months ~ feathers in a frenzied path, and one or two less chickens in the coop. We’ve had fourteen hens for over a year now, but now we’re down to………….THREE. While it appears that we are terrible chicken parents, the truth is that… Read More Backyard Murder Mystery
Our lows can still be in the 10’s and 20’s overnight, but we’ve also had highs in the 40’s and lots of rain lately. In fact, the carpet in our basement is pulled up in one corner, and there is a fan and a dehumidifier running to try and dry things out down there It… Read More Happy Hens
I use a question mark, because if you set your hopes on spring too early around here, you are SURE to be disappointed. (If I see any more bluebonnet photos on Facebook, I may die of jealousy!) I try to lower my expectations to at least mid-May, and even then shorts and sandals may be… Read More Goodbye Winter!?! (Hello Easter, Baseball, and Iced Coffee)
I’ve received many inquiries through the years on how I planned to give my children proper “socialization” since they are being educated at home (as if public school is THE ideal place to teach children proper social skills, as if same age segregation is real life “socialization”, as if…..umm…this subject seems to require its own… Read More The Socialization of Chickens (and children, it turns out)
Monday was chicken-pick-up-day at the farm supply store in town. (Tuesday was ducks, Wednesday was turkeys, and Thursday was Bantams.) We pre-ordered 6 more chicks to add to our flock of 8. This way, in the fall, we would be getting about a dozen eggs a day. Sounds like a lot, but the truth is… Read More New Chix Pix and Trix
Remember this? Well, over the course of only about 4 or 5 months, it became this! It was all snow and ice over the winter, so we’ve been waiting for spring to figure out how to solve the problem. Here are the things we needed to consider: 1. Where to put the coop so that… Read More Chicken Coop Remodel
There has been some semblance of spring here, and the chickens have been so happy to get out of their snowy, muddy coop and out into the yard for some scratching, worm eating, and dirt/leaf baths. We have 8 chickens now (after the 2 tragic deaths) and are getting 6-8 eggs a day. I still… Read More Feathered Ladies Update
Let it snow! Let it snow! Let it Snow!Actually, we have a lot of places to go, but we’ve been slowed down quite a bit by two major snowstorms over the weekend!Robert did get to try out the snowplow that we inherited when the Evans family moved to Oregon. It worked great and was a… Read More And since we’ve no place to go…..
Just had to report that we are FINALLY getting 3-5 eggs per day! Not the 6-8 we hope to get in the spring, but still a good supply, and I am no longer worried that my chickens are sick or disabled, or on strike or something! I never have to go to the coop to… Read More So Egg – citing!