Chicken Waterer

Chicken Waterer

This is the new chicken waterer for the Jungle Room

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The new Roosting box

The new Roosting box

This is the roosting box Nick made for the new laying hens.

May 27, 2014

What a crazy busy weekend. What can I say. Friday night we went back to Dinky’s and I got 12 new laying hens and 4 new baby silky chicks that are approx. 5 weeks old. I call them the Fantastic 4, because they never want to be a apart. If one gets lost or left behind it will let out it’s distress call until the others find it or it finds them. It is really kinda cute the way they stick together. The other chickens I got are all laying hens. I got 8 RIR crosses, 1 easter egger (Patty), 1 Golden laced Wyandott (Goldie), 1 Buff Orpington (Buffy), and 1 Speckeld Sussex (Heidi). They are all great and friendly birds and don’t seem too timid at all. Some will even come up to me, and several have come pecking at the back door like they want to come in or something. ANd most of them are laying eggs daily. I should be able to actually start selling some eggs soon.

Foghorn, my young White Leghorn started crowing over the weekend, which I thought was pretty cool. I can tell it’s him too, because it’s still kinda weak and he doesn’t do it very often yet. I got rid of Harry, the little bantam rooster (the bully), and things have quieted down so much. He would crow all day and get the others crowing too. Now Peta is the one who crows the most, but only for a little while and maybe a few times in the evening. It’s not an all day thing with him. I think it’s because they all know now that he is top ROOSTER! so they don’t even bother too much. I do have to say that the backyard is quite nosie in the mornings now though because of the girls. They cackle and make noise for most of the morning. Come afternoon though they all quiet down and it seems quite peaceful.

Because of the new hens, Nick had to make a new roosting box. It’s very simple, and I made nesting boxes for them, that way they can just roam the backyard. They really like it under the back deck too, but they haven’t laid any eggs under there yet.

I also got 41 pepper plants and 20 strawberry plants in the ground this weekend. Today I am going to work on the cucumbers and squash. I am also going to plant a few cantalop for my father in law and sister in law, found out over the weekend they love it and I have tons of those seeds, who knows maybe I will even be able to get my kids to eat them.

I hope everyone has a great day, it’s sure to be a busy one.

The righteous person faces many troubles, but the Lord comes to the rescue each time.  Psalm 34:19

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This is Heidi, she is a speckled Sussex

May 23, 2014

I must say that I am super excited. I harvested all my lettuces, collards and other greens last night, and man did I get a lot. I started out with my usual garden basket and ended up having to use the wheelbarrow. It took me most of the night just to get it all washed off. Today I am going to bag it all up and get it ready to sell this weekend. Hopefully at the Farmer’s Market and in my front yard. I am also going to try and get some tomatoes ready to go for sale. I need to make some $$$$, We are going to Dinky’s tonight. I’m hoping we can find some stuff to help with all the coops we are building, I would also like to get just a few more laying hens. I’m thinking of taking a few of the ones I bought a few weeks ago back and trying to resale them. Bella, unfortunately hasn’t laid a single egg for us in 2 weeks, I’m thinking she might just be old. and Harry, the little banty rooster is just plain annoying and he is a bully to the other birds.I’ve read that it is best to just get rid of the bullies and things will calm down. I guess we will just have to see…..

Love is Kind 1 Corinthians 13:4

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My bountiful harvest

May 22, 2014

I seriously can not believe May is almost over. This month has just about flown by. All the Chickie babies are growing and getting big. I figure we might get some eggs from some by July. Here’s to keeping my fingers crossed. I decided to do things a bit differently this morning. i went out and opened all the coops and let everyone out to do their morning foraging. I am going to be taking out their food and water soon. I cleaned all the feeders and waterers last night, they were starting to get pretty nasty. I did this so that I could get back in and have my breakfast. I have been waiting until I got everyone else feed to sit down and eat myself and between feeding and watering and doing other chores I wasn’t getting to eat till 10:00 am. I know that might not sound like a big deal, but by then it’s almost lunch time and I leave most days at 11:30 for work.

I moved the bars outside today. They were just stinking up the bathroom way to much. They all have their feathers now so I’m pretty sure they will be okay. And since the weather is on the upturn in temps I’m not to worried about them. I moved the chicks into the bathroom and I am going to be getting the brooder box ready just in case we hatch a chick this weekend. I’m a little optimistic about that. The temp in the homemade bator went up to 110 last night for some reason and I accidentally cracked one of the eggs, but just barely. I guess we will just have to wait and see. This is my first hatch, so I am giving myself a break. I’m really hoping the next one goes better. I would really love to have some chicks that I know where they come from and who the parents are. My silky’s are going to make beautiful babies.

“I am the way,the truth and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.”   John 14:6

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Padme

She’s an Old English Game Hen

She’s named after one of my favorite Star Wars Heroines

May 21, 2014

It has been a busy few days on the homestead. Nick finished the second coop yesterday. It’s for Elvis, I’m going to call it the “Jungle Room”. Cause you never know who is going to end up in there with him. I was thinking of putting him with Scarlett for a little while. I think a polish/silky cross would be pretty and interesting. I set another 20 eggs in the incubator last night, 2 off the eggs go into lock-down tonight with hatch day being set for Sat. and then the 8 other eggs go into lock-down next Thursday. I’m kinda hoping to keep it going like a revolving door, because I don’t know how many eggs will actually hatch. I am trying to build up a stock, so I can have more birds, more birds, means more eggs. 🙂 It also means more work, but I can deal with that. The kids will be out of school soon and then I can get some help around here. Duty calls….. Have a great day.

If God is for us, Who can be against us?   Romans 8:31

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The Jungle Room

Preditor proofing your coop

May 19, 2014

So all the morning chores are done, and everyone seems to happy. I have learned over the last week that bringing up chicks can be a tough and heart wrenching experiance. I have a bad habit of getting attached to my animals and I hate seeing them get hurt or die. I was very upset yesterday because I lost Blanche and then we lost one our polish chicks soon after. Today I lost one of my old english chicks. It is really sad, but I have to assume it’s for the best. The chick I lost this morning has been getting taken care of by her mother, and she was a lot smaller than the rest of the chicks. I think the mother hen knew this chick wasn’t going to make it and therefore quit taking care of it. When I went to check on them this morning she had the rest of the chicks under her and the poor runt was swimming in water that the mama hen had spilled. Would that be considered chicky homocide? Well anyway, I put the other chicks in the brooder with the other chicky babies and put Mama outside. From now on I think I will just take care of the chicks myself. I also noticed that one of her chicks has some funny looking toes, one on each side is twisted under, so mama might have went after that one next because it isn’t perfect. I’m not sure how that works, I have heard of broody hens turning on their young once they are hatched and I don’t want that to happen. I guess I will just have to be Mama to all my new chicks. I have 2 eggs that will be going into lockdown on Wed. hatch day is supposed to be Sat. Let’s just hope all goes well. I also have another 12 to put in the incubator tomorrow. I love the excitement of hatching eggs. I just hope it works out. Check out my new page: All My Chickens. It’s the drama of chicken life.

“For God is Spirit,so those who worship him must worship in spirit and in truth.” John 4: 24

Blanche 2014

Blanche 2014

RIP Sweet girl, your beauty will be missed.

May 18, 2014

Today is a very sad day. I lost my first chickie baby that I was really close to. Blanche was my easter egger that I bought when she was a few days old. At first I didn’t like her because she would always peck at me when I went to move her to clean the brooder. But after she got in the backyard she was one of the ones that would always run to greet me and eat out of my hand. The sliding door on the coop malfunctioned this morning and she happened to be in the wrong spot. It’s very sad, because I have become very fond of the “12” and she was one of them. I guess I shouldn’t get so attached, but they are becoming like my pets. I love most all of them and it just kills me that one got hurt. I will be working on that coop door today and making sure any further doors are safe and sound.

Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you. 1 Peter 5:7Image

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Sweet Girl