main coop~the pour

Well the main coop is starting to take shape.  The foundation for the floors and walls went together nicely.  The lumber we got from a neighbor who has a small sawmill.  Our neighbor came and helped with the pour, which was very nice of him to take time away from his own work on his farm.

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Here we are doing the finishing work on the cement.  I've not done any cement finishing work ever so it was fun doing it.  It reminded me of icing a cake, that's the only way I can describe it.

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After the forms had been stripped off and the cement was cured enough Jim got some dirt from our property to put inside the coop.  We are going with a deep litter method in the coop, so that explains why we didn't put cement throughout the chicken coop.  The cemented area is going to be where I will be keeping the feed and any supplies that I will be using for the chickens.

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It's been a lot of fun helping out with the construction of the coop.


i'm ready for warm weather

I can't wait to get these babies outside and in the ground, but it's way too early and our temps have just been so cold.  It's the middle of April and I'm still wearing my winter coat...UGH!  I am so ready for warmer weather.

Melons

Squashplant

Plantstand

I spied an owl hanging out in the back pines today.  At first I thought how neat, so I snapped a quick photo and I mean quick cause the photo came out a bit blurry.  But there was nothing neat about it, this owl was sitting there high up in the tree with it's eye on our hens and rooster who were in our yard free ranging for food.  I didn't figure it out until I spied the hens and rooster hiding under our lilac bush, so quickly we hurried outside to get them back into their run and coop area where they were safe.

Owl

The local nursery opened up for the season today and we headed over there before it got too crazy, we were the only ones in the nursery which was very nice.  We got exactly what we were wanting to get for our garden this year, more herbs, tomato and pepper plants.  We do grow a lot of our vegetables from seeds as well as the starter plants.

Nursery

I have a feeling that growing our own food and raising our own meat is going to be the norm for a lot of people.


todays happenings

I don't usually use sugar in recipes, so when I find a recipe that uses not only maple syrup, but only has 4 ingredients in the whole recipe I just have to try it. These are called Blue Dory Cookies. I have to say these are a pretty good cookie. I did cut the recipe in half, figuring that we didn't need to have 40 cookies around the house tempting us.

Maplecookies

Are you getting tired of seeing eggs or chickens on the blog yet? LOL...Today Jim found the tiniest of eggs in the chicken run this morning after letting them out of the coop.  It was the absolute cutest egg I had ever seen.  I did crack it open and the whites were there and just a little bit of what was the yoke.  I had researched why it happens that a hen lays a very tiny egg and it just happens.  One website called it a fairy egg.

Small egg

Still on our lock down over here.  Just read tonight that we had one death in our county.  I'm not sure if it was related to Coronavirus or not the details of the death are not released yet.  It's starting to hit pretty close to home, especially when we live in such a small location.

Stay healthy everyone.


buds

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The buds on the lilac bush are starting to pop out, finally some really good signs of spring, unfortunately we are expecting some snow tonight up to 2-4 inches, so I'm not sure how that's going to affect the buds.  I am so looking forward to warmer weather and getting the garden ready for planting.  I have some herbs growing and my melons and squash are doing great.  But with the predicted snow coming and cold temps staying for awhile, it's looking like the garden will have to wait a bit longer.


the natural way

The chickens that we adopted didn't seem like they were in the best of shape when we got them.  I don't mean that they weren't taken care of, it's just that there were so many hens and roosters that I believe it was too much for them.  We have gathered almost everyday an egg or two, but the other day one of the hens Carmel, finally laid and egg.  Though it was pretty small compared to Vanilla Bean whose eggs are very large, I was so proud of her.  Carmel was in pretty bad shape as far as her feathers go, because this breed doesn't move very fast she was getting hit hard by the roosters.  But here on our farm she seems pretty relaxed and they all are settling in pretty good, even the rooster.  I have figured out how to deal with him and I think he's figured it out that I'm not another rooster and that I bring food to him.

Small-big

I have been reading Lisa Steele's blog Fresh Eggs Daily since getting these chickens and chicks and I love her approach on raising chickens.  Lisa ferments her feed that she gives her chickens, so I started some and yesterday I was able to give some to our chickens and they loved it.

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Eatingfeed

These chickens we got had mites so I have been working hard at getting rid of them and Fresh Eggs Daily had some really good tips and ideas on how to deal with them. 

Growing herbs around the chicken coop, run and even putting herbs in the nesting boxes is something I plan on doing and herbs are so good not only for the chickens but for my cooking as well.

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I totally love the idea of raising our chickens and chicks in the more natural way.  I don't consider myself a natural freak so to speak, but I do like knowing where my food is coming from and what my food (meat) has been eating and eating eggs is no different.