Monthly Archives: April 2014

April 30, 2014

What another beautiful day on the Brewer Homestead. The sun is shining, the rooster is crowing and the morning chores are done. Only bad thing is I woke up this morning with a stiff neck and can hardly turn my head to the right. My whole body wants to move. O well, hopefully it will work its self out before to long. Got lots of stuff I want to do today. It rained yesterday and although I know the rain really is helping my garden along, it really makes it hard to get stuff done outside. Yesterday I did however get my portable chicken coop finished. My son and I built it in our garage. This way I can take the rocks out and let them eat the grass, they are going to eat me out of house and home soon. I figured out last night that I got cornish rocks, instead of white rocks. They are only made to last about 8-9 weeks. They grow exceptionaly fast to make a good meat bird. They are not however ment to be kept for layers or pets, which really sucks because I wanted laying birds, not meat birds. It’s hard for me to kill something that I have raised, but I guess I better get used to it.One of these days I would like to raise a cow and pig for those reasons. I don’t think it will be to hard with these birds anyway. They are mean!!. Whenever I put my hands in the pen to get their food or water dish they bite me. And this morning when I was moving them to the outside pen one actually left marks. Not good for that chick I can tell you. So it looks like in about a month I will be culling the flock of cornish rocks and filling up my freezer.

Another crazy thing that happened last night, that I hope I don’t have to get used to is I almost stepped on a snake. I HATE SNAKES! After my near panic attack my son Grason went outside and killed it for me. It not only scared me because I am petrified of snakes, but because it looked like it was headed right for the chickens in the back yard. It was just about 10 feet away from their fence. And this sucker was at least 4′ long. It was just a black rat snake  but still, it almost gave me a heart attack. Hopefully today won’t have any of those scary surprises, but you never know, on the homestead animals are everywhere!!Image

April 29, 2014

What a beautiful day at the Brewer homestead. I love waking up to the sunshine and my Rhett crowing his little head off. Every morning I start my day pretty much the same way. I start a load of laundry, then it’s time to feed the animals. I feed the “12” first and let them out to free range in the back yard. Then I get Rhett and Scarlett out of their coop. They make such a racket till I get there. This morning Rhett actually let me hold him. He wasn’t to sure about it at first, but once I started to talk to him and pet him he calmed right down and acted like he liked it. I think I am going to try and hold him at least once a day, that way he will get more and more used to me. I’ve read that Silkies are supposed to be a docile bird and I’m hoping that  will be true of Rhett and Scarlett. After I take care of the birds in the back yard, I go out front and feed my Shiz Zu Chewy. This morning he had tangled his chain all up and  I had to untangle him. I’ve really got to figure out a better place for him. Maybe build another fence or something. I hate to see him chained up. But until the main coop is done the chickens have kinda taken over his yard. And he goes nuts when he sees the chickens. I then open the greenhouse to get some ventilation going. I don’t think we are going to have much left in there pretty soon. I planted almost 75 tomato plants over the weekend so it pretty much cleared things out. Although I still have about 50 more. I think we are going to have to plow up some more land. Then it’s on to feed and water the rabbits. Skittlles, Twix, and Oreo. Libby takes care of them mostly, but I always check to see that they have fresh food and water. Then it’s time for the 22 white rocks. These birds are literally going to eat themselves to death. I can’t wait to get them outside into some grass. They have went through a 50lb bag of chick feed in a week. and boy do they make a stink. I think I’m going to have to clean their pen tonight when I get home from work. I keep all their bedding and poo to put on my garden, so nothing goes to waste. But these birds just amaze me. They grow bigger everyday. Some of them are going to make us some good meals in the future. Then it’s back to the house to take care of the babies in the brooder. Our six barred rocks and our newest additions, the two guineas. They are not nearly as much of a handful as the ones outside, but there is not as many of them. I try to handle each one of these each day to. I really want to have friendly birds that love me as much as I love them. After caring for the babies, it’s finally time to feed myself and relax over my daily devotions, my time with the Lord is very important to me and I love to just sit quietly with Him and my birds!!!

Dorothy and Blanche

Dorothy and Blanche

My Wellsummer and Easter Egger

Sunday April 27, 2014

Good morning on this beautiful crisp spring day. As I sit outside on my back deck watching my chicky babies doing their morning foraging, I am contemplating building my “12” a special coop back here so that I can still spend time with them everyday. I’m afraid once they get moved out to the bigger coop and run I won’t get to spend as much time with them. I’m thinking of just using the big new coop and run for the 22 white rocks I have in the brooder in the garage. That way they will have plenty of room out there. I have become very close to my “12” and just love being with them. If they are right here in the back yard I can see them whenever I want and don’t have to go to far. It is so cute right now because Daisy , Foghorn and Henny Penny are actually on the deck with me. They haven’t ever done that yet. I guess they consider me part of their flock now. I’m afraid I will miss them to much if I move them to the other side of the yard.

I finally got my 2 guineas yesterday. I bought them to help with bug control and for protection for the others. I’ve read that they are good for those things. I’m thinking of naming them Rambo and Mr. T. or maybe Navy and Marine. I guess we will find out in a few weeks, when we can tell if they are boys or girls. They are really cute right now and they sound like crickets chirping in the brooder.

Well signing off for now, got a new coop to design.

-C-

April 25 2014

Last night while the chickie babies were roaming around the yard, I went out to them and actually had some of them eating out of my hand. Daisy, my ISA Brown, follows me around where ever I go and always has to know what I am doing. She is so sweet and will let me hold her and pet her. I think some of the other ones are starting to be a lot less afraid to. I think they know that I bring them good treats and I sing to them . Before long they will think I am part of their flock.Image

April 24 2014

Last night I decided to let the main “12” out of their pen into the backyard to see how they did “free ranging”. They did great. They really didn’t go to far from the pen and all of them went into the roost on their own. I think I have also decided to stay with just raising chicks. The main “12” have gotten used to me and don’t seem afraid. But Rhett and Scarlett both won’t let me near them. And that’s bad because I bought them hoping Libby could show them. Maybe they will have a few chicks and we can raise them. The older birds just seem very nervous. Hopefully they will get more used to us. It hasn’t even been a week yet. The more they see me and realize I am not going to hurt them maybe they will trust me more. They are such beautiful birds.

April 22 2014

I decided to make Rhett and Scarlett their own roost and run today. Grason helped me and I think all the chickens are happier. Rhett and Scarlett were bullies to the younger birds. I feel it will be interesting when I introduce the other babies in a little while. We might end up with another roost and run.

April 21 2014

So I decided I would start a chicken blog to help me keep track of my new flock and show pictures of them. Seeing as we now have 42 chickens, I thought keeping some notes on them would be a good idea. As of today there ages range from 4 months- 5 days old. We bought several at an auction Friday night and they include my two new silkies, 6 barred rocks and 22 white rocks.

My 2 Silikies are:

Rhett (roo)- 4 months

Scarlett- 4 months Scarlett actually laid her first egg for me on 4-20-14

My 2 White Leghorns are:

Foghorn (roo)- 10 weeks old

Henny Penny- 10 weeks

2 Rhode Island Reds (RIR):

Rosie- 7 weeks

Sophia- 7 weeks

1 Black Australorp:

Lulu: 7-8 weeks

1 ISA Brown:

Daisy: 7 weeks

2 Silver Laced Wyandotte:

PutPut (roo): 7 weeks

Gwendalyn: 7 weeks

1 Wellsummer:

Blanche: 7 weeks

1 Ameraucana:

Dorthy: 6 weeks

1 Black Jersey Giant:

Effie: 5 weeks

1 Panfry( cornish cross):

Cinder: 5 weeks

6 Barred Rocks: all 5 days old

Mammy

Beulah

Norma Jean

Snickers

Dancer

Luna

We also have the 22 white rocks that are 4-5 weeks old. I will name them later because I don’t know how many are roos and how many are hens. I’m thinking of just keeping a few and either selling the rest or raising them seperate for meat.

I am very new to this chicken raising thing and so far it has been great. I love taking care of my chicky babies and I’m anxious to see how they grow up. I also want to get a few guineas to help with bug control and help protect my growing flock.

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Rhett and Scarlett

Rhett and Scarlett

These are my new silkies.