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
Well it’s started out to be a wet,soggy and cold day today. I think it was only 50 degrees when I went out to feed and water all the chickie babies this morning.I have come to realize one thing, I do not like to take care of chickens in the rain and mud! I’m still not feeling to great, I have the worst headache and then having to go out in the cold and wet just makes it that much worse. But enough complianing, I still love my chickie babies and it looks like the weather is going to start clearing up today, until at least next week sometime. Maybe it will give all the birds a chance to dry out and get more comfortable. I guess we were just not prepared for this much rain so fast. I never realized how our backyard could look like such a pond before. On a good note Nick finished the new coop and the boys helped him get it set up in the backyard. I just have to put some pine shavings and hay in it to get it more comfy for the chicks. Last night instead of going into the new coop, they went in the doghouse, which is where the bantams have been sleeping, but I just left them in there and we put the bantams in the coop. Hopefully tonight we can get them in the right spots. I’m starting to get a little perturbed too about some of these hens. In the Peta group 2 have laid eggs, one hasn’t laid at all and one has only laid 1 egg, the other one has laid almost everyday. I just need to figure out who the layers are. Belle hasn’t laid an egg yet. I’m thinking she just might be old. And Pricilla has only laid 1 egg. One of the bantams has laid 2 eggs and that is it. I got all these birds so that I could start breeding them, but if they are not going to lay any eggs I guess I will sell them. I will give them some more time, with the new adjustments to a new home and all and it’s still early spring. Maybe they are not getting enough light. But if they don’t start producing soon it will be culling time.There is actually one little bantam roo (HArry) that I wouldn’t mind getting rid of now. He is very annoying. He swacks and crows all day long and gets his girls all crazy too.I still have Peanut Butter that I could put with them. I will just have to see. My nerves are shot, between the rain, being sick and all the noise I think I just need a nap.
Humble yourselves before the Lord, and He will lift you up in honor. James 4:10
This is Peta and Katness
When will this rain ever end? I know it’s crazy to wish the rain would just quit, because in another month we will be praying for rain, but give me a break already. It figures that now that school is done and we have more time in the afternoons to get stuff done outside it would start this endless raining. I did get enough of a break in the rain yesterday to fix Edward and Belle’s pen and fix them up a better spot. I also got to mow the backyard and Grason mowed the front. I transplanted some more marigolds to some big pots to put on the back porch because someone told me they helped with the bugs. I sure hope so because the bugs are driving me and my poor chickie babies nuts. I sprinkled some seven dust around Edward and Belle’s run area and it seems to be a little better. They were in much better spirits this morning. Edward actually started crowing again, so that’s a great sign.
I moved Peta( my black sex-link roo) to the backyard this morning and put the bantam’s in the playpen. I kept the barred rock chicks inside today because of all the rain. They looked miserable last night when I brought them in and I don’t think they liked the hail we got. I felt bad because I couldn’t get out to them sooner, but they were all huddled up together keeping warm and as dry as they could. The rain storm we got last night was just horrible, I don’t think there was any way to stay dry.
I’m still a little concerned about Elvis. He has still not came out of the coop. I threw him some food in there last night and I am going to take him some water before I leave for work today. He’s a very strange bird and he doesn’t make a sound. After we put the girls in the backyard with Peta this afternoon, I think I will put Elvis in their pen so at least he can eat and drink in peace. It’s a good size pen too for just one bird so he will be able to move around a bit. All Nick has to do to the new coop is put the door on and move it to the backyard for the 4 sex-links, then it will be time to start working on a coop for the bantams. We are going to make them a small A-frame type that we can move around some. Because they are such small birds they don’t need nearly as much room. Well it looks like it’s starting to clear up for a bit, better get to work. Because of all this rain I have gotten bronchitis and I feel awful, but the day must go on.
For nothing is impossible with God! Luke 1:37
This is our bantam Roo, Harry