Tho we don't have laying hens at the moment I wanted to share with you a wonderful blog that is a guide to raising chickens. It's The Happy Chicken Coop and the author of this blog has some really wonderful writings on how to keep chickens and recently blog posts on how to keep chickens in the winter. Check out this link The Definitive Guide to Keeping Chickens in the Winter. If you are wanting to get chickens or have chickens and want to learn more about raising them check out the links.
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I thought it was busy enough around here with sugaring, we just stepped it up a notch with the arrival of 50 chicks.
It's four weeks until the chicks arrive and we can't wait. We've decided to get meat birds for our freezer, we are starting off with 30 birds. It's so exciting, and we have a lot to do in the next four weeks to get ready, plus sugaring is starting up and we have to get ready for that as well...whew! Lots to do :)
We have been wanting to get animals here but with traveling so much we figured that we just couldn't do both...BUT...we have found out a way to do that...(insert BIG grin)
First off it's chickens so stay tuned for what's to come.
Do you ever sit down to do a post and the pictures you want to post just don't go together?
Once again I am trying to knit a pair of socks. For some reason I have trouble with the heel or for that matter just knitting "a" sock...SO...I decided to take a sock class over in the next town, and guess what I did. I forgot about the class...I didn't show up...I missed the first class...I'm telling you I think I'm losing my mind. I called up the shop and the owner who is the nicest young lady and I say young because she's waaaaaaaaaaaaay younger than me :) Anyway, I went to a morning knit-a-long last friday and I got the pattern and she started me on the sock. Not that I needed help getting started, the help I need is when I get to the doggone heel. We'll see how this sock goes eh?
I love bird watching. I love to sit by our patio window and watch to see what types of birds will come to the feeder. I filled the feeder up sometime in August and would you believe that we had no birds come to the feeder for about a month.
On my day I mentioned that I was bird watching. While I was sitting there, along came a bird I hadn't seen yet since moving here. Well the other day I was able to snap a picture of it, and lo and behold it looks like it was an Eastern Bluebird.
As always the Black-capped Chickadee's are regulars at the feeder.
Speaking of birds. One of our hens laid an odd looking egg. This egg has no shell. Any of you chicken owners out there have any ideas as to why this happened? I would love any ideas...Thanks!
Company coming today. So it's going to be busy around here for the next few days and then we head to Illinois after they leave to get some things out of our house. Because the new owners are moving in.
You all have a wonderful weekend and if you don't see me here the next few day...I'll see you next week.
I dreaded the day when the hens would start moulting. Hazel is the only one who is yet. She just looks so pitiful and she's not laying any eggs right now which is a bummer.
When Lauren and I got back from our girls weekend Jim and I took a walk through the woods. It's getting pretty thick on the ground with the fallen leaves. It's like a blanket of leaves on the ground.
We have some color in the woods.
The path looks pretty neat covered in leaves.
I'm getting confused if it's really fall or if summer came back. It's been pretty warm here the past few days. I can't complain too much tho, because before you know it the snow will be flying.
You all have a wonderful day today.
The day has finally come when we've set the hens free. They are now officially free range chickens. Not that they weren't before, it's just now they can roam all over the place.
They weren't sure what to do and they stuck by each other.
Jim picked up Buffy and tossed her out into the field.
We have hawks here and we were a bit worried about that, and right away we heard one up in the sky. The hens took cover in the tall grass and trees. I don't think we have too much to worry about that. Their instincts took over.
This spring we are planning to get more chicks. In that batch I want my rooster. So, the next project will be to make a bigger chicken coop.
We have had a busy time with the grandkids. Today Lauren took them to the town pool to swim. Tomorrow it will be closed for the season. While they were gone that was when we set the hens free.
Now it really feels like a farm with my hens roaming free.
Our Buff Orpington was sitting in the nesting box laying an egg tonight when I went to gather the eggs. Talk about perfect timing to have my camera in my hand.
There were a couple of eggs in the other nesting box. The two clean eggs are the fresh eggs. The two dirty ones on the right are actually ceramic eggs. A few months back Jim found the remains of an eaten egg. So, to stop that very bad habit we added four ceramic eggs, two in each box to help break the habit. We had to write "fake" on the eggs because they are so real looking. The grand kids love to check for eggs and they know if it says "fake" on the egg they can't take it.
We had a bad scare with our dog Sadie yesterday. I took her to the vet yesterday morning for her yearly check up and shots. The place I go to is a first come, first served basis. So, you usually have to plan on being there for a couple of hours. By the time I got home it was after lunch so I gave all three dogs their heart pills and sat down to have some lunch. After lunch I did a few things around the house before I started thinking about dinner. I needed to make some laundry soap since we were totally out and thought I could get that done before starting dinner. I got everything I needed measured out just as Lauren came home from school. I sent her to the store to get something for me, but as she was walking through the breezeway she yelled to me that something was wrong with Sadie.
I dropped what I was doing and went running to see. I couldn't believe what I saw. I'm sorry I didn't get a picture and later I could have, but I just wasn't thinking about documenting it on my camera at the time.
Sadie eyes were almost swollen shut and her nose/snout was twice the size of it's normal size, and you could tell that she was having a hard time breathing. I panicked and yelled for Jim who calmly suggested that I call the vet. The gal at the vets right away asked if she had shots today, and I said yes..."Bring her in she's having a reaction". I'm so glad that we were around when this was going on. I hate to think of what could have happened. She was given a steroid injection and a benadryl shot. I then had to give her a dose of benadryl about 10:00 last night and she got 3 doses today. She's back to normal other than being a bit sleepy from the benadryl. Talk about a scare.
I did end up finishing the laundry soap, but dinner was take out pizza.
It's going to be a bit more quieter around "daily yarns" for awhile. Our son graduates from college on Saturday and Sunday we'll be helping them move to Texas. So, I'll probably be MIA for awhile. I'm not sure if we'll be bringing the lap top or not. But, I plan to take lots of pictures along the way.
I'm going to put the comment moderation back on while I'm gone. I hope you all have a wonderful week and I'll see you when I get back, hopefully with some wonderful pictures to share with you.
Where did the week go? I can't wait to show you the finished weaving product when it's done. But first I need to get some Shout color catcher sheets to wash with it.
No pictures on the camera lately. I've been so busy that I don't seem to be taking pictures anymore. I can't seem to find time to even work on my knitting WIPs.
The count down is 23 days until we are on the plane to warmth.
We are getting eggs and I'm not really sure how to clean them without washing them. I've read that you really shouldn't. We try using a soft cloth but it doesn't always do the trick.
Sorry for more egg pictures it was the only thing on my camera. But, look past the junk on them, don't they look like Easter eggs?
Suzanne over at Chickens in the Road had a post today about freezing eggs. Which I did not know you could do (shows you how much I know). The photos of her eggs are always so nice and clean. So, I asked her how she cleans them and YES you can wash them.
Tonight is anything night for the ones who live in this house. Anything night means that you can have anything you want for dinner because I'm not cooking. We are heading up to Milwaukee to have dinner with some friends. There's nothing like having wonderful friends to visit with.
I've made a couple of new dishes this week but of course I didn't take any pictures so you'll just have to take my word that they were good.
Nothing else to blog about right now. So, I hope you all have a wonderful weekend.
We ended up with 4 eggs yesterday morning. When I pulled this one out of the nesting box it was still warm.
I ran to get my hair cut so Jim made his breakfast and had a surprise when he cracked open the green egg. A double yoke inside.
Our first eggs found this morning. The green one was found in the nesting box and the two brown eggs were found in the dusting pan. I'm not sure how we are going to get them from laying there and not in the nesting box.