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June 18, 2014

What a great day. It’s gonna be another scorcher though. It’s really hard to get garden work done when it is so hot, but things gotta be done right? Yesterday, Hubby and I stacked up several more tomato plants, they are getting huge already and we have tons of green maters just waiting to turn red,or yellow. I also potted up about a dozen to sit around the yard and on the porch. I planted another dozen or so the other day in the garden. I also pulled all the broccoli out,it was starting to send up flower shoots, go make room later for more cabbage and lettuce, for a fall crop. My peas and squash plants are also taking off like crazy. I figure I am going to have quite and few things to sell in a few weeks. I am going to church camp next week as a counselor, and I am hoping things will be ready to go by the time I get back. It’s going to be hard leaving for camp this year. With the chickens and this huge garden, I just hope the boys and Nick can keep up with everything that needs to be done. Silly me wasn’t thinking and I have about 20 eggs that are supposed to hatch on Monday. Yep the day I leave. Duhh….. I am going to have to teach the boys and Nick what to do with the new chicks (if any hatch) and stuff. I’m just going to have to trust them. The boys are actually on a mission trip till Thursday, so all the teaching will have to be done over the weekend. Keep your fingers crossed all goes well.

Let all that I am wait quietly before God, for my hope is in him. Psalm 62:5

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The Silky Chicken

(new coop Nick built for the silkies)

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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

Chicken Waterer

Chicken Waterer

This is the new chicken waterer for the Jungle Room

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 13, 2014

Man, what a wet and nasty day we had yesterday. Thank goodness I got a lot of stuff done in the morning. Looks like today might be the same. I’m going to try and get outside and mow the backyard where the chickens are before I go to work. I thought that they would keep it down for me, but that must have been wishfull thinking. I also think I am going to have to move Edward and Bella. They got out of their coop (carrier) yesterday and stayed in the same corner all day. I was pretty worried about them last night. They didn’t eat or drink or hardley even move all day. I don’t know if they are sick or what. I did notice that there is some poison ivy where I put them so I am going to move them today. I don’t know if that’s why they didn’t move much or what. They didn’t even get back in their coop last night, just spent the night in that corner. When I went out this morning they were standing up and Edward did eat something, so I am hopeful. It might just be them getting used to a new place. I guess time will tell. I would just hate to loose them, they are beautiful birds and very docile. I just hope they are okay.

Elvis is sort of the same way. I have not heard him make a sound. I put him in the run last night with the other birds and Foghorn chased him around for a bit, but he just ran and tried to hide in a corner. They did let him into the coop to roost last night, so I am hoping that is a good sign. He didn’t come out of the coop this morning when I went to let them out, but I think he was just waiting for everyone else to calm down. He is a very calm bird, and of course beautiful. I just love him. I’m hoping maybe Libby can show him at the fair this year.I still have to get her registerd with 4H, I’m hoping it’s not too late.

I tried putting the baby barred rocks in the run yesterday but the bigger birds just bullied them and one got pecked a few times, so I moved them back to the playpen, hence Elvis’s trip to the run.It seems to be going better.

But let us who live in the light be clearheaded, protected by the armor of faith and love, and wearing as our helmet, the confidence of our salvation. 1 Thessalonians 5:8

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This is Edward

May 8,2014

What a day. Got up early this morning to go and take my psychology final. I am now done with school for the semester. Now I just sit and wait to see if I will get selected for the LPN program. I’m praying that God will provide the way for me if this is what he wants me to do. It sure is a warm one today, yesterday was too, but I am not complaining. I would rather it be a bit warm than cold. I am so over the cold. But the bugs are getting awful. Last week I could sit out on my porch everyday and watch the chickens, now I can barely walk out onto the back porch. While I was outside just now I swallowed a bug and one got in my eye, and I was only out there for a few minutes. I got our tiki torches out and I’m going to put the off stuff in them, I hope that helps get rid of some of those pesky bugs. I’ve got to much to do outside to be run in by the bugs.

Well I left the chickie babies outside last night in their new brooder. I was so worried something would happen to them, I woke up to make sure they were ok at least twice. After what happened to the white rocks last week I can’t help but worry. We also lost 2 of our 3 bunnies. One broke out of the pen and the other one died. We have no idea what happened. He was alive and fine one minute and then when we got home yesterday he was stiff as a board laying in the bottom of the pen. No marks or anything. I’m very confused on that one. Poor Libby was heartbroken, I felt bad for her. We might get another one or two tomorrow when we go back to Dinky’s. I’m also hoping to get a couple more roosters and hens. I really want some bantams. I almost bought some bantam silkies yesterday at Rual King, but I didn’t. I would like to have a couple more that are not chicks. They take so long to grow and I am starting to get impatient. I want eggs now that I can put in my incubator to try and hatch some. I guess we will see tomorrow.

For I can do all things through Christ, who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13

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May 7, 2014

Good morning. It’s another beautiful day. The chickie babies are all happy roaming around the yard. The babies are in their play pen and Rhett and Scarlett have their privacy fence in place. All is right in the Brewer chicken world. I usually open Rhett and Scarlett’s pen in the late afternoon to let them roam a little more, but they usually don’t go to far from their pen.I’m finding out that chickens like to stay where they feel most comfortable and safe.They really are amazing creatures. I got some flower planting done yesterday. I got a row of gladiolis (which is my favorite) and some daffodil and tulip bulbs put in the ground for next year. I got several pots planted with summer wild flowers that I am going to place around in my new flower garden. Not a whole lot more to report. It’s finals week so I have been studying more than being outside. I will be so glad when school is done for the term. I will be able to totally focus on the chickens and rabbits and my garden. I want to study some more on breeding both chickens and rabbits. I’ve seen some terrible pictures and heard terrible stories about how chickens are handled and I want to help them. I want to raise them and breed them with love and care, not just for the money, but for the experiance of being close to some of God’s creatures. He is a wonderful God that has given us all so much to wonder over and be thankful for.

This is the day the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it! Psalm 118:24

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May 2, 2014

Well no new catastrophies to report. I think my whole family was in shock yesterday, but it’s time to move on and learn from our mistakes. This morning I put little bands on my barred rock chicks so that I can tell them apart. I have 6 and right now they all look so much alike it’s hard to tell. I’m sure once they get a bit bigger I will be able to tell them apart by their personalities.I did notice that one of them has funny looking toes, so she shouldn’t be hard to pick out later. I’m really excited today because this evening I get to go to my favorite auction place. It’s called Dinky’s and they have everything. It’s actually where I got my barred rocks and silkies a few weeks ago. They also have tons of other stuff too. I’m hoping to find some pepper plants to supplement mine and maybe some raspberry and blackberry bushes, I have one of each right now, but I’m going to need a lot more so I can make my jams this summer. I moved the rabbits to their new run last night, but I kept it in the garage for right now. I don’t want to put them outside until I get a hutch to go on top. I don’t want to loose them like I did the rocks. I’m hoping maybe they will have something like that at Dinky’s tonight too. I’m also looking to get a few more silkie hens. I would love to breed them, they are such beautiful birds. Scarlett has left me two eggs i  the last 2 days, which I’m hoping maybe fertile. I spied Rhett and Scarlett doing the humpty a few days ago. I have a homemade incubator I am going to use to try and hatch them. I am also going to get some fertile eggs at the auction tonight. I would love to be able to turn this into a small side business. Anything to help right? I’m hoping to start nursing school in August and anything will help. And I just love my chickens so much, I feel like I am part of their flock now. Nick almost finished the main coop last night. All he has to do is fix the roost door to go up and down and I am going to hang up some curtains and lights inside the coop and they should be ready to go in by the end of the weekend. I’m going to miss them being in the back yard, but I will have the Barred Rocks out there soon enough, and the Silkies are staying put, they do not like to share their space. I heard the worst squaking this morning and I ran out to make sure nothing had gotten in the fence, but some of the other birds had gotten into Rhett and Scarlett’s pen and they were going crazy. They are very territorial. I sure hope they get over that soon.Well gotta go, have lots to do today!

Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path! Psalm 119:105

 

 

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