May 1 2014
Wow!! I can not believe it is May already. I have to say that this morning I am totally gobsmacked, befuttled, in shock, and dismayed. What I found this morning when I went outside to feed my cornish rocks left me absolutely bewildered. An EMPTY pen! That’s right completely empty, as if there had never been anything in it. I guess it is a very hard lesson for the first time chicken owner! Something, I imagine a fox or coyote ate every last chicken (22) that was in my new pen. I guess it doesn’t matter how secure you think your stuff is, make it doubly secure. I kinda just stood there looking at the empty pen in disbelief. I couldn’t even tell how anything had gotten in. Nothing looked disturbed, the pen wasn’t knocked over, the cover was still intact. The only thing I found were a few feathers. Upon closer examination I did find where something had crawled under the fence. Chalk that one up to inexperiance. It just makes me more resolved to make sure the stationary coop is extra secure. My husband has buried the fence for that one in the ground, but now I’m thinking of maybe getting something else, maybe some kind of electric fence or something. Any who, I guess this gets me off the hook of having to butcher the rocks myself, but still I didn’t want them to go that way.
I still can’t believe it is the first day of May. I was just thinking to myself yesterday that I am going to have to plant my summer crops pretty soon. I usually put my squash, zucchini, and peppers in the ground the second week of May. I have some transplants in the greenhouse that I started a month ago, but they are not very big at all. Peppers, for some reason, seem to be the hardest thing for me to grow. I have a whole tray of colored peppers that I sowed about two weeks ago and they still have not germinated. And the ones I do have are scrawny. Probably have to get some nursery transplants. Next year I think I will start those in February to make sure they are ready to go in the ground. My tomatoes that I started in Feb. were almost 3′ tall. I finally had to put them in the garden over the weekend, because they were taking up too much room in the greenhouse.
I have to admit, gardening and keeping chickens is like going to school, you learn something new everyday. I Love IT!
I’ve decided to start adding a daily verse to my postings. It helps to give me inspiration to get through each day.
“Because of God’s tender mercy, the morning light from heaven is about to break upon us; to guide us to the path of peace.” Luke: 1 78-79
” Because of God’s