June 3, 2014

Oh happy day!! 🙂 God is so good and merciful and I just want to shout his name. Thank you God for giving me another wonderful day. The sun is shining here at Chick Commander Farm (formally known as The Brewer Homestead). I have created a Facebook page called just that Chick Commander Farm, if anyone would like you can find it on Facebook and “LIKE” it and start following me there too. I love sharing all the great things going on, on the homestead. The vegetable garden is going great. And we have made some great progress on the flower garden. The new Chickie babies are doing great.

I did start something new yesterday. I am needing to figure out which of my new laying hens are actually laying, so I put 1 hen in a big cage until she lays an egg, this will also help me in the future to know who’s eggs are who’s. I am keeping a chart o each day and who lays and who doesn’t. In starting this new business I have to be proficient and unfortunately I can not keep birds that are not producing. I can’t kill them either, so I will take them to the auction and sell them, I already have 2 in mind for this weeks auction. My parents also told me that I can use their space at the farmer’s market this weekend because they won’t be there so I am hoping to maybe get rid of the rest of my tomato plants. I still have almost 100 and I also have relish,pickles and peaches canned that I would like to sell. I will probably also make some homemade breads and some other things. I love being able to make stuff myself and sell it or share it with others.

It was a terribly soggy night last night, but today seems to be looking a lot better. We laid down stray for some of the birds because their pens got pretty flooded, but with the heat I’m sure they will dry up fast.

I hope everyone has a splendid and productive day!!!!

God’s way is perfect. All the Lord’s promises prove true. He is a shield for all who look to him for protection.  Psalm 18:30

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June 2, 2014

Another busy weekend down and now another start to a busy week. We had a great weekend. Got most of the fence up around our garden and I just saw  that our peas are starting to grow pods. I believe we will have peas in a week. Yummy!! I have sugar snap and early peas growing. I just hope we have enough so that I can freeze them so they will last longer than last year.

We had some awesome arrivals this weekend! 5 of the 7 eggs I had in the incubator hactched and now we have 5 new silky chicks. They are the cutest little things. I was so nervous Saturday night I almost couldn’t sleep, but alas they finally started hatching at 5 am. It’s just like new babies to come in the wee hours of the morning. I have another 20 in the incubator with a hatch date of June 9 and another 22 with a hatch date of June 22 and Scarlett, my Silky hen is sitting on 6 eggs right now with a hatch date of June 16, which is just 2 days after my sons 15th birthday. I think I have caught the hatching bug or something. I plan to set 12 eggs almost every week. That way I can have some newbies every week or so.

I did have 3 eggs that didn’t hatch and I am planning on doing eggtopsies on them later today. I want to know at what stage the embryo stopped developing or if their was an embryo at all. This is all very new to me and it is all a very big learning process. But I feel that a 80% hatch rate on my first hatch is not bad at all.

What is going to be hard is parting with them after I have hatched them, but that is why I am doing this. I just have to stop naming them I guess. I do however want to build up my stock with chicks that I know where they are coming from, so I will be keeping some from every hatch. But selling a bunch too. 😦

The Lord be with you all. 2 Thessalonians 3:16

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This is Bonnie Blue….. (Rhett and Scarlett’s first born.)

New Arrivals

New Arrivals

Our newest arrivals. Just hatched yesterday!! 5 out of 8 is not a bad hatch.

Gwendalyn

Gwendalyn

This is my Silver Laced Wyandott

Polish tophat chicks

Polish chicks

Polish tophat chicks

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The Fantastic 4

The Fantastic 4

These are my new silky chicks

Nesting boxes

Nesting boxes

May 29, 2014

Busy,busy,busy. What can I say. Having over 50 chickens, and a huge garden takes a lot of work and not too much computer time.  I have been working really hard to get the last of the garden planted. I planted about 25 cucumber and pickle plants yesterday, along with all my assorted squash and melons. Today I plan on getting the corn and beans in the ground. We finally got our pool open so maybe after I get done with all that work I will just jump in. It’s been pretty hot the last few days. It’s supposed to rain today, so I might be repotting all my tomato plants instead. Today is the kids last day of school. Yippy, now maybe I can get a little help around here. My kids are really great about helping out (as long as they get some free time too), which makes it great. They understand that it takes the whole family to make a homestead run smoothly. I am hoping that I am teaching my children how to be more self sufficient and how to use the land the way God intended for us to do.

Well I have 8 eggs that went into lock down this morning. I am so hoping to get at least a few new chicks out of this batch of eggs, even just 1 would give me hope. I got a new incubator and egg turner this week, so I am hoping to have the most optimal hatching rates soon.

Keep us in your prayers for a great hatch Saturday!!!! ❤

Great is the Lord. He is most worthy of Praise! No one can measure his greatness. Psalm 145:3

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