Right Now, I am….

SO happy that it is sunny today! At least this morning. We’re supposed to get rain later though.

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The bees are just lovin’ this bush- I don’t know what it is but I think it’s a relative of honeysuckle. That’s kinda what it looks and smells like, except it’s not a vine. Anyone know what it might be?

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Hoping to get some of this fabric I just ordered sewed into scarves. There was a sale on Fabric.com on chiffon and I got 12 yards of it. I can’t wait to have a bunch of pretty scarves! I’m making some for my mama and sister too.

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Enjoying watching the kids play with the chickens. They have so much fun with them! And mostly the chickens don’t seem to mind.

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This is Tweety, our sweetest rooster. He has a twisted beak and his eye is kinda deformed but he is just the sweetest thing and loves to be held. He and Ellie are good friends.

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This is one of our newer baby chicks- I think it’s like 5 or 6 weeks old. We haven’t handled them as much as our first batch and they are way more skittish. We’re trying to hold them a lot now to get them less afraid of people because they are HARD to catch right now!

Glad the kids have this cute little water table that we got at a yard sale. They have so much fun with it! I’m also glad that they can move it around by themselves and set it up so I don’t have to. It gives a busy mama a break for a few minutes.

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Until they start throwing water at each other… ๐Ÿ˜‰

I hope you all have a lovely Friday and great Memorial Day weekend!!

Chicken Coop Update

Hi, did you have a nice Resurrection Sunday yesterday?
We had a lovely “linner” (lunch/dinner) of ham, mashed potatoes, asparagus and salad and then watched movies and a bunch of my sibling’s friends came over and we played games well into the night. It was really fun!

Today, I thought I’d update you on our chicken coop progress.

It’s still not quite finished- we need a roof and to put up the chicken wire enclosure, but there are four walls and we’re able to put the little chickies out during the day. ย There is a chance that they could be eaten by a passing hawk or eagle, but since the dogs are usually outside and chase away anything that might be lurking around, the chicks are fairly safe.

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This is Daisy, peeking over the board we put in the doorway of the coop to keep her out and the chicks in.

My mom and dad had some beautiful cedar shingle siding left over from when my grandmother had the house built, so we used that for two sides of the coop. It looks so pretty!!

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The walls made out of poles had pretty large gaps in between them, so we nailed up boards over the inside to keep out drafts and rain and possible predators. Some of them are old signs from around the Island that my great- grandfather found and brought home a long time ago. (This land has been in my Dad’s side of the family for generations.)

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The chicks are going to be five weeks old tomorrow- it’s amazing how quickly the time has gone!

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They are looking more like real chickens now instead of babies.

Only 15 more weeks before they start laying eggs! (only 15…haha)

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The kids are enjoying holding them, as you can see, and I love watching the chicks peck around in the dirt and hop and fly and play-fight. Chickens are so lovely!

Do you have chickens? What is your favorite thing about them?

We Have Chickens!! (again)

Yesterday, the chicks came in at the local farm store and we just had to go and get a few.

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Or…

Seventeen.

Yep. Seventeen.

We have the chicks under a red bulb heat lamp to help them stay calm and not peck each other.

We have the chicks under a red bulb heat lamp to help them stay calm and not peck each other. And of course, to keep them warm. They have to be at 95 degrees for the first week.

We planned on getting an even dozen- with us buying six and my mom and dad buying six, but then my mom (who loves babies of any kind) decided that if we ever move out and take our six chickens with us, she still needed a good-sized brood so she wanted ten chicks instead. And then we miscounted and an extra chick somehow made it into the box.

So we have seventeen baby chicks and boy, are they adorable!

As far as breeds go, we have Australorp, Buff Orpington,ย Rhode Island Red and Barred Rock chicks- all great laying breeds and some are dual-purpose for meat birds as well, although I don’t think we’ll be eating any of these. Unless like six turn out to be roosters or something.

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Ethan holding either an Australorp or Barred Rock- they’re hard to tell apart at this age!

We made sure to get organic feed so that we’ll have healthy chicks that haven’t been fed GMO grains and in turn, we’ll have healthy eggs once they start laying in about five months.

I’m happy because the feed is semi-local. It’s from Canada, but in British Columbia, which is only a few hours away and as the chicks get bigger and are able to eat larger grains, we’ll buy feed that is unprocessed, organic whole grain feed and is from Bellingham, WA; only two hours away! So we’re supporting local businesses as well.

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As soon as the chicks are big enough, we’ll let them free range around the yard in a semi-enclosed space, to gobble up bugs and grass and get great nutrition the way God intended- from nature! We have a lot of hawks and eagles around here, so the chicks will have to be under netting or chicken wire most of the time to stay safe. We’re hoping the dogs will also help protect the flock from getting eaten. So far they’re doing pretty well with the chicks, although Daisy tried to pick one up in her mouth. She wants to mommy them, but she’s not too gentle about it! Our dog, Lucy is really protective of the chicks- she remembers the smell from when we had our chickens in Memphis and knows not to eat them. Bailey, the puppy doesn’t seem to care about them. She took one look and then walked away.

The kids sure are having fun with the chicks, they want to go check on them all the time, but we make sure the chickies have enough down time that they don’t get over handled and the kids are not allowed to go in to see them without an adult. I don’t mind checking on the chicks, I think I’m having just as much fun with them as the children! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Maybe I”ll do an upcoming post about how to take care of baby chicks, for those who would like to get a small flock and are not sure how to start. I’m by no means an expert, but this is our second time around with baby chicks and I’ve found lots of great resources on chicken raising. I’ll include some links and tips to get you started, at least. ๐Ÿ™‚ Leave a comment if you think that is a good idea.

Hope you have a great Thursday!