Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Late Summer Garden...

Bringing the garden inside: fresh flowers on my windowsill and we enjoyed our first harvest of corn last night! I can almost feel fall in the air, and it feels good.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Chuckars Come Home

The chuckars, and two pheasants, still find their way home every night. We have come to expect them. Finn believes they are for his pleasure only and gets so very excited when he sees them. What a treat!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Clipping the Chicken Wings

"Golden Boy"

"Big Red"

"Jed the Half Breed" From what we can tell he is half Polish Crested and maybe Wyandotte? He is a small rooster, with such a pathetic crow, we couldn't bring ourselves to kill him.

Before we had the main chicken coop finished (still waiting for completed fencing before I show the final project) , 30 plus of our chickens lived in the barn. They liked it there, a lot. We didn't like the mess though, so as soon as Black Bart's "Hide Out" was finished, we moved the other chickens into their new, soon to be finished home.

Only problem? Some of the chickens REALLY liked the barn and wouldn't stop flying fences to return to the beloved space! Only solution was to clip wings. We started with the roosters and so far, only one hen has made her way back to the barn. After clipping her wings, she returned back to the barn again! What to do with her now? I'm not so sure. Black Bart may just receive another lady! Hopefully she will be happy with him in their new home. Time will tell!

We like our eggs fertilized, so we decided to keep as many roosters as possible for our group -about one rooster for every 13-15 hens. We are still a bit short of hens for that quota, but craigslist has proven helpful in our quest to obtain more hens.

We watch a lot of "Chicken TV"

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

The Garden Grows

...an evening spent in the garden, through the eye of my camera...

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Camping Does a Family Good!

Nothing like a quick family trip to the hills to bring everyone back together. Does a family good!

When we go hiking, you can pretty much count on the following happening: I get preoccupied taking photos of native plants, critters, or even weeds, realize my family has left me behind (again) and I hurry along to catch up. When I turn the bend, I find them patiently waiting. Oh how I love this sweet family of mine!

Friday, August 12, 2011

The Chickens are Finally Home!

Busy week! 8 of our 50 chickens can now finally settle into their new home! This coop sits in the view from my kitchen window, and that is the sole reason for its placement. Just beyond the coop, is our garden and beyond that -the hills. Doing the dishes ain't so bad! The rest of our many chickens are awaiting proper fencing and a painted coop. Although I'm sure they don't mind an unpainted coop or the fences as they are.

Everything used to make this coop was found on the farm or purchased at a "restore". Only thing bought new was the paint.

We are headed to the hills for a weekend get away, time to replenish the soul with some family time exploring!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Of Chickens and Coops

Chickens and coops -that's all that we have been thinking about, it seems. More than thinking about actually, "Black Bart" -the rooster above, and his ladies will be moving into their new home by the end of the week. Lots of chicken coop "re-fashioning" happening around these parts, hope to share the finished project soon!