Sunday, June 30, 2013

Wow ... its been over two months since I posted

So a lot of things have changed here in the last two months.  We have each had birthdays, we have had a couple gatherings at the house (Keurig House Party and Easton's Birthday).  We gave away six of our hens, got rid of eleven of our roosters, and have lost 4 of our littler birds to predators.  We have also added a couple new additions ... two kittens ... Tang (our boy) and Gizmo (a little girl) ... they are brother and sister and all kinds of chaos!  Here are some pictures from the last few months.

I hope everyone is having a good summer so far ... we seem to be running in a hundred different directions ... but that's what makes life fun!

Monday, April 22, 2013

Chore Day

Today was a chore day around our house ... my hubby was working out of town last week and on night shifts ... when he got home yesterday (Sunday) he really just wanted to sleep, so today became Chore Day! 

While the hubby was away last week we had a boat load of chicken drama ... we are going into our third spring with chickens and the last week has been worse that the last two years combined.  It started with one day (Thursday?) when I went out to take pictures of the littles and noticed I had a dead French Black Copper Marans hen in Coop #1 ... so I had to deal with that.

Later that night when I went to put the chickens in Coop #1 away I notice that the RIRs were literally pecking out the feathers of our two remaining French Black Copper Marans hens ... so I grabbed both of the hens and they have been living in cat carriers (isolated) until we could make coop changes today.

Then on Saturday night I went out to put the littles in Coop #3 and found their heat lamp was burnt out (it is still freezing here at night!) ... and for the life of me I couldn't find our extra bulb (of course I couldn't get a hold of the hubby since he was working) ... after lots of drama and phone calls I found out one of my hubby's relatives (who lives less than 5 minutes away) had one so I didn't have to run 20 minutes to town at dusk with the 4 year old in tow.  Thank goodness for family.

So today was about making changes.  First thing first my husband had to get rid of a rooster (Charlie) as he was very aggressive towards my little man and myself.  Then all the Coops were cleaned and the bedding changed.  The littles who had been in Coop #3 were moved in with the year olds in Coop #2 (all seems to be going well so far).  Then the two French Black Copper Marans were moved into Coop #3 by themselves so that they can rest and grow their feathers back.  The babies in the house were moved into the partitioned "nursery" in Coop #2 also so that we have a clean brooder for Hatch #4 (scheduled to hatch this coming weekend - if all goes well!). 

The boys also managed to get the remaining 4 fruit trees planted today which was a great accomplishment since the weather is suppose to be in the 70s this week and the hubby is starting long shifts again tomorrow (at least on days this week!).

Little man and me did get outside this evening though and took a few pictures ... I love how he takes his little camera with him and snaps away ... maybe I'll have to do a blog post featuring his photos ... hmmm.  Here are some of the flowers and trees growing around here:

I hope everyone had a great weekend and enjoys the coming week.

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Friday, April 19, 2013

For Sale --- Hatch #3

We currently have 9 "straight run" FBCMs x Rhode Island Red chicks (from Hatch  #2). Chicks were hatched in our incubator on 4-4-13 from our current stock. Dad is the French Black Copper Marans and the mommas are one of our eight Rhode Island Red ladies. They will still need to be on a heat lamp and have only been fed Buxton Non-GMO Chick starter. Please let me know if you are interested ... would would like to find new homes for them before our next batch hatches next weekend (our original plan was to keep them ... but hubby thinks we will end up with too many!)

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Just a Spring Day!

Well, the weather in northwest Oregon has not been very pleasant over the last week or so.  Over the weekend we had extreme wind gusts  - which knocked panels off of my new greenhouse (at least they didn't break).  Lesson learned to make sure we have enough clips to secure it!  However, today is a different story ... I woke up to a sunny morning! 

Here are some photos of the day:
Some of the 6 week old chicks (I opened the door to their run ... but some stayed inside!)

More pics of the 6 week olds

The big girls and Zeke were happy to get out and about
Our Peach Trees are starting to bloom.

Flowers waiting to be planted (hopefully this weekend!

And here's a current photo of our week old RIR x FBCMs (they are pretty shy at this point):

I think that is a pretty good summary of whats going on here ... we also put a new batch of eggs into the incubator on Monday, so we are waiting our 21 days again!  I am thankful that this is our last batch of the spring!  We put in 41 eggs (15 French Black Copper Marans, 6 Easter Eggers - from blue shells, 6 - Easter Eggers - from green shells, 7 - Olive Eggers, and 7 - RIR x French Black Copper Marans) ... I will keep you updated when we candle next week as to what i fertilized!  I'm hoping to sell these chicks as I don't feel we really need any more!

Hope everyone is having a good week!

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Monday, April 1, 2013

Flowers ...

Today in the mail I got a box that contained 12 wave petunia starts.  These will end up in my hanging basket under the eves along the front of my house.  I'm so glad that I have a greenhouse this year to get them going in.  Last year I got a little over anxious and a frost took out most of my hanging baskets.

Also, in my Easter basket at my mom's house she put seeds, so those need to get in the greenhouse this week.  There was 30 Anemones (blue, purple, white, and pink), a package of Sweet Pea, Knee Hi in mixed colors, and a package of Autumn Beauty Sunflowers (my mom thought she had went with a shorter variety, however, when reading it looks like they may get up to 6 feet tall.

The last few days have we have had wonderful weather.  The "littles" from Hatch #2 have got to spend sometime out in the run since its been in the 70s.  Here are a few pictures of our changing beauties!

I also locked down the incubator today.  It has 12 viable eggs in it ... we will see how many (or if any hatch) ... check back I should have updates on the hatch on Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday!

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Sunday, March 31, 2013

Happy Easter!!!

I just wanted to stop by on this busy, busy weekend and give you a quick update.  The greenhouse was finished on Tuesday afternoon.  Wednesday I planted tomatoes and Thursday I planted a few peppers and parsley.  I can't wait to get some more seeds going!!!  Here is a picture of the greenhouse!!!

I also wanted to show you how pretty farm fresh eggs can be once they are dyed.  My little man and his cousin dyed them at my parents house yesterday.

I hope you all have a great weekend and I will have another post early in the week!!!

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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

More than just Chickens

The past few days have been focused on additions to our little "farm", but these ones don't need to be fed or watered.  The first addition was that we went out to my friend's nursery and picked up 6 fruit trees.  My husband received these as payment for doing some welding for her.  We ended up with 3 -Oregon Peach Trees, 1 - Honey Crisp Apple Tree, 1 - Gala Apple Tree, and 1 - Bartlett Pear Tree.  We are very excited to get these in the ground ... it will be a nice addition to our current trees (2 Bartlett Pear Trees, 1 Plum Tree, and 2 Apple Trees) ... hopefully in 10 years we will have a nice little orchard going.

Our new trees.

Our little man also helped this weekend dig up my dead Bluebird Hibiscus Tree that was in between the walk ways up to the house and planted a new one in this space.  I'm hoping that this one survives ... they are so pretty.  It would be a great addition out my kitchen window.

Little Man digging up my dead tree.

Our last addition over the last few days was that my husband and father-in-law started construction of my greenhouse!!!  I am very excited ... I can't wait for it to be up so that I can start planting.  It is 10 x 12 feet, which should be a nice size.

Construction of the Greenhouse.

I hope everyone else has had as exciting last couple of days as we have here.  I will post more pictures as spring progresses and we get plants started and our little "farm" cleaned up!

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