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
Man, I am still wanting to put May when I type in the date. I think I am still shocked that it is June already. Me and the kidos got out in the garden this morning while the weather was still kinda cool. It was actually nice not having to keep wiping off the dripping sweat, but alas we must now go back out. Hopefully it’s not to bad. The air conditioning just kicked on not too long ago so hopefully it won’t be too hot. I don’t think it will be, the high is only supposed to be around 78. I can handle that.
I decided last night that I had better make some grow-out pens for some of the younger chicks. I noticed yesterday that the bigger ones were not letting them eat too much. So this morning Cole and I set up a grow out pen for the 4 younger and put the younger bars in the pen with Scarlett. Even if it is just long enough to eat at least they will get something. That way I can also keep feeding them chick starter/grower for a few more weeks. I don’t like the older birds eating it because it is to expensive, they need to quit being so lazy and start foraging more anyway. They have plenty of room, and God knows there are plenty of bugs, 😦 Anyhoo this project about trying to see who is laying and who isn’t is starting to irritate me a bit. I know I have a few that are pretty much laying every day. I guess the ones in the pens will just have to stay in them a few more days, or at least till they lay an egg. I want to get this under control and soon.
Well here’s to another day at Chick Commander Farm. 🙂
You must not have any other god but me. Exodus 20:3
This is Baby, she has spradel leg and crooked toes. We are trying to fix her.
Well it’s started off to be a very soggy day. We had an awful storm pass through this morning at 3 am, because the thunder woke me up. And it looks like it’s going to be a wet,wet day. Although this is great news for the garden, it’s not so great for my Chicky babies. I hate to see them out there sloshing in all the big puddles, but I guess they don’t mind to much because they don’t really even try to get out of the rain. They have a huge porch they can get under but they seem to like to just keep going about their business of foruging and running around. some of my wee ones did get a little soaked yesterday, so we are keeping them inside for today. I have 20 eggs going into lock down on Saturday. I am so excited to maybe getting some more chicks. I will have to probably sell some of these guys though. Nick is going to have to get busy working on some more coops too. They are a bit crowed at night and I want them all to have plenty of room. The rain is actually helping right now with the flies. I just cleaned the coops on Saturday and they already need to be cleaned again. The flies are awful, but I have found a few ways to try and help keep them down a bit. I am going to try them today and I will report back on how things go.
Hope everyone has a great and productive day.
We love each other, because He first loved us. 1John 4:19
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
This is Bonnie Blue….. (Rhett and Scarlett’s first born.)
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
My bountiful harvest
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
The Jungle Room
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
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.
R I P
There is so much to be done this weekend and I am beginning to think it’s not gona happen. Nick is off at Cole’s golf meet and I haven’t even got started today. We went to some yard sales this morning and didn’t really find much until the last one right by our house. I got some fencing to make me some tomato cages, some pvc pipe to make some waters for the chickens and a rabbit cage for Twix. That is the first thing I am going to do. Get Twix in his new cage. Then I am going to try ans start tilling the garden. I just hope its not too muddy. If I can’t do that I think I will transplant some of my tomatoes into bigger containers and try to sell them by the roadside. Grason and I put the little bantams into the run with the “12” this morning and peanut butter ( the other bantam rooster) man did they go at it. I didn’t realize just how small peanut butter is, but Harry is actually a lot bigger than him. The bigger roosters, Foghorn and PutPut acted like nothing was new. They didn’t even care that a new rooster was introduced to the flock. Maybe it’s because they are still kinda young, I’m not sure. They aren’t even crowing yet. Hopefully we will have some better accomadations for all of them by the time that happens. It’s just funny seeing this tiny bantam roo chasing the bigger ones. Well time to get to work. Have a great day y’all.
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
The M&M twins: Meriada and Madilyn