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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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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 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.

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