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June 11, 2014

So the ground is wet and the sky is cloudy. It seems harder to get up and get going on days like today. I’m sitting here trying to think of what I can do today. I really need to weed the garden, but with it being so muddy outside I think we will wait till later today.I’m hoping that the sun will come out and at least dry things up a bit. Nick is going to get started on some of the new coops later today which makes me excited. My hatch for this week did not go well. Out of 19 eggs we only got 2 new chicks. I must have done something wrong, but for the life of me I can’t figure it out. I did everything the same as last time. I am just going to have to monitor the temps a lot more closely I guess. I am also going to get a small fan to put in the bator. Someone said forced air can be better than still air. I guess we will just have to see. It really bums me out though because I had some black copper maran eggs I was excited to see what the chicks would look like. I opened one of the silky eggs yesterday and it looks like it stopped developing early. I really need to research the candling method, maybe then I will know early on if something is wrong.

Love covers a multitude of sins. 1 Peter 4:8

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May 12, 2014

Wow! What a crazy weekend. Went to Dinky’s Friday night for my Mother’s Day chickens and came home with 25 new chickens to add to my ever growing flock. But I say, I am done for now. These little boogers are a ton of work. I just got to come in after almost 2 hours of trying to get them all feed and comfy this morning. It was raining most of the day Saturday and of course yesterday was Mother’s day so i just finally got a chance to put up a small pen for 2 of the new chickens so they didn’t have to spend anymore time in their carrier. I don’t like to keep them pinned up to long, I like them to be able to get out and forage and stretch their wings and stuff. I also set 10 eggs in the incubator Saturday night. I am so nervous and excited about that. I have 7 of Scarlett’s eggs and 1 from my new polish cross and 1 from a bantum cross. It will be interesting to see if anything develops from those. 2 of Scarlett’s eggs that I had in my homemade incubator did have some veining so I am hoping maybe they will survive, but I’m not sure, I forgot to turn them a few times and trying to keep the temp and humidity stable in the homemade thing was difficult. I guess we will see their approx. hatch date is May 24. The others is May 30. It’s really exciting.

Now because we have so many new chickens, Nick and the boys have to make several new coops and runs. We have a group of 4, they are sexlinks I think, big beautiful birds, that Nick is building a coop for now. I actually was out there cutting and measuring boards too. I want to try and keep the different breeds separate, to make breeding easier. That way I will have some idea of what I am going to be getting. I put several pics on backyardchickens.com to find out what some might be and it looks like most of them are some sort of mixes, but I do have a full polish, old english game hen, and a roo and hen that are langshans. The others I’m not to sure about. If anything they will produce eggs.I have already gotten 5 or 6 in just 2 days. We will have to keep our fingers crossed. I did get some cute polish tophat chicks, and a necked neck chick and a few others I think are easter eggers. Unfortunatley¬† the necked neck did not make it. I guess the other chicks didn’t like him because they pecked him to death. It was so sad because he was very cute. I didn’t realize they could be so agressive. But everyone seems to be doing good today.

Give thanks for everything  to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Ephesians 5:20

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This is Elvis, my new polish rooster.

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-