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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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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

April 29, 2014

What a beautiful day at the Brewer homestead. I love waking up to the sunshine and my Rhett crowing his little head off. Every morning I start my day pretty much the same way. I start a load of laundry, then it’s time to feed the animals. I feed the “12” first and let them out to free range in the back yard. Then I get Rhett and Scarlett out of their coop. They make such a racket till I get there. This morning Rhett actually let me hold him. He wasn’t to sure about it at first, but once I started to talk to him and pet him he calmed right down and acted like he liked it. I think I am going to try and hold him at least once a day, that way he will get more and more used to me. I’ve read that Silkies are supposed to be a docile bird and I’m hoping that  will be true of Rhett and Scarlett. After I take care of the birds in the back yard, I go out front and feed my Shiz Zu Chewy. This morning he had tangled his chain all up and  I had to untangle him. I’ve really got to figure out a better place for him. Maybe build another fence or something. I hate to see him chained up. But until the main coop is done the chickens have kinda taken over his yard. And he goes nuts when he sees the chickens. I then open the greenhouse to get some ventilation going. I don’t think we are going to have much left in there pretty soon. I planted almost 75 tomato plants over the weekend so it pretty much cleared things out. Although I still have about 50 more. I think we are going to have to plow up some more land. Then it’s on to feed and water the rabbits. Skittlles, Twix, and Oreo. Libby takes care of them mostly, but I always check to see that they have fresh food and water. Then it’s time for the 22 white rocks. These birds are literally going to eat themselves to death. I can’t wait to get them outside into some grass. They have went through a 50lb bag of chick feed in a week. and boy do they make a stink. I think I’m going to have to clean their pen tonight when I get home from work. I keep all their bedding and poo to put on my garden, so nothing goes to waste. But these birds just amaze me. They grow bigger everyday. Some of them are going to make us some good meals in the future. Then it’s back to the house to take care of the babies in the brooder. Our six barred rocks and our newest additions, the two guineas. They are not nearly as much of a handful as the ones outside, but there is not as many of them. I try to handle each one of these each day to. I really want to have friendly birds that love me as much as I love them. After caring for the babies, it’s finally time to feed myself and relax over my daily devotions, my time with the Lord is very important to me and I love to just sit quietly with Him and my birds!!!