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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

June 10, 2014

It has been so crazy around here lately. I think the summer lazies have started to kick in. There have been days where I just didn’t feel much like doing anything. I did however get a great crop of lettuce and broccoli out of the garden last night for dinner. And I had 2 baby chicks hatch yesterday morning. Still waiting on the other 17. I did hear some peeping, so I am keeping my fingers crossed. My first hatch went so well, I am really hoping this one does too, but it’s day 22, so I am starting to get worried. Hatching eggs can be stressful. Scarlett is still sitting on her eggs, hers are supposed to hatch next week, I am truly hoping some of those make it. I would love to see what kind of momma she will make. I’ve heard silky’s make awesome momma’s. After the next couple of hatches I might take a break from incubating, but it’s hard. It’s eggciting to see what you might get. I’m going to have Nick start on some more coops. That way we can start separating them and keeping the chicken yard more in order. They have taken to coming up on the porch and I really don’t like it. They poo everywhere and I have to wash down the deck everyday. Tonight I will be hopefully planting a couple of rose bushes around the pool if it doesn’t rain.

Well here’s hoping everyone has a productive day.

Thought they stumble, they will never fall, for the hand of the Lord holds them by the hand. Psalm 37:24

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The newbies

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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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 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

May 16, 2014

Good morning from the Brewer Homestead. The sun is shining (finally), the roosters are crowing and the baby chicks are peeping and chirping happily behind me in their brooder. I took the barred rocks outside and decided to let the banties and sex-links run together today. The two roosters had their dance and I think everyone knows their place now. I stayed outside with them for awhile just to make sure, but I’m pretty sure the backyard is big enough that they each can stay on their own side and be happy. I was surprised at Edward this morning, he jumped over his fence into the pen with Rhett and Scarlett and they did a dance. I had to go in there though and break it up and put Edward back in his pen. Rhett is a lot smaller and I do not want him getting hurt. He is my beautiful silkie rooster and him and Scarlett are making me some beautiful babies. I candled all the eggs in the incubator last night and they all have veining except for the polish egg, even the banty egg had veining so I am super excited. The 2 eggs that I had been keeping in my homemade ‘bator are really cool, you can actually see the chicks forming now. They only have a little more than a week before lock-down, I am getting super nervous about that because I want to be sure and do everything right. It would be so cool to know that I can do that, actually hatch chicks from my very own chickens. It’s the grand circle of life and the miracle that God has given us. I was just thinking this morning how lucky we are to get to see God’s miracles and handy work everyday. As I was walking through my garden I could see the peas growing up through the ground, the lettuce and spinach seeds I sowed a few weeks ago are starting to pop their heads up through the soil and the colored peppers that I had given up on long ago have finally popped up through the dirt. I have so many tomato plants I am thinking about setting up a table at the end of the drive over the weekend and trying to sell them. I have 70 in the garden now and I probably have at least 50 more. I just don’t have that much room. I’m already going to have to figure out where to put all the peppers. I might have to come up with a new place for the beans. We also have to get the corn and squash and cucumbers in the ground this weekend. That will be on me, because Nick has to keep working on some new coops, and of course there’s Cole’s golf match tomorrow and a birthday party on Sunday. I guess we will be getting up with the sun both mornings. Which is fine, I get up at 4 am both days to do the papers anyway, guess I just won’t be laying back down. I don’t think we have any plans for tonight, so hopefully we can get started. So much to do, So much to do. But it keeps us ALIVE!!!!!

You can make many plans, but the Lord’s purpose will prevail. Proverbs 19:21

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The M&M twins: Meriada and Madilyn

May 6, 2014

What a beautiful morning on the old Brewer homestead. It’s going to be a great day. The sun is shining brightly and the forecast is calling for another beautiful warm day. I got the chickie babies outside this morning in the playpen to enjoy this great day. I am trying to get them out there as much as possible, because they will be going outside full time in just about another week or so. The “12” were very interested in the babies this morning. Especially Gwendalyn, she’s my silver-laced wyandotte, she was looking at them kind of motherly and making sure they were ok. I have them in a pen in the middle of the backyard so the others can see and here them, they just can’t get to them. I like to be carefull when I introduce new chickens to each other because you never know if the older chickens will accept the new ones and I do not want anyone getting hurt. When I first introduced Rhett and Scarlett to the “12” it was not harmonious. Rhett and Scarlett bullied the others, that is one of the reasons I have put them in their own pen, they don’t seem to mind, but they do not like it when one of the others gets in there with them. I don’t know what is going to happen when I get some more silkies to introduce to Rhett. I am hoping to keep them all together and breed them. I just hope Scarlett doesn’t get to jealous.I would love to have some little silkie babies running around. I still have 3 eggs in the incubator, but I’m afraid they are not fairing well. One looks like it is cracking and I have had a terrible time keeping the temp and humidity stable, and I forgot to turn them last night. This is just the first try though and I don’t even know if the eggs are fertile or not. Because I bought them at an auction I really have no idea how old they are, I’m sure they are still young though, maybe just at laying and reproducing age, so it might take a bit. We are going to Dinky’s again this weekend and I am hoping to get some fertile eggs and maybe even some older birds to start laying me some eggs. Nick and I talked about it last night and we are going to turn the back yard into a breeding area. We are going to section off the yard into different pens, that way we can put 1 rooster to maybe 4-5 hens into each pen and each pen will have the same kind of chcken, that way we can get some pure breed chicks. It’s hard telling what we will find at the auction, but I am hoping to get some polish and frizzles, they are the cutest looking birds and popular too. I would also like to get some Rhode Island reds and maybe brown leghorns. But I guess we will have to see. I guess you could say I have caught the chicken bug. I sat up reading all last night about chickens, I love the different magazines I have found at the library and I read all kinds of blogs and stuff. One of the websites I like the best is Backyard Chickens. com, if you have a question there is an answer on that site. You can really learn a lot. And it just gets me that much more excited.

Trust the Lord always, for the Lord God is the eternal Rock. Isaiah 26:4

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