ithildin
22 September 2012 @ 04:57 pm
 
Just cleaned out the chicken coop. And I managed to do it without my brother catching me till I was almost done. He gets all ruffled when I try and do the stuff outside he thinks of as his responsibility. But he has the whole acre to take care of, I figure the least I can do is clean out the chickens. Hot and sweaty now, but the girls are appreciative of their nice clean digs.

Earlier, we went to the nursery and got two trees: a Silk Mimosa tree and a Black Locust. Also one more Oleander. The Black Locust was a big one for 50% off, and the description sounded pretty. We're trying to slowly replace the non native invasive trees on the property, so these two trees will be the first replacements. Really looking forward to having a mature Silk tree!

And, my brother identified the insect bite on my leg. I've had it since Tuesday, and it still itches, plus, what was odd was the bruise above it. Apparently, it's a Carpenter Ant bite. He and his coworker were bitten during the course of their work a few weeks back, so he recognized it. The fire ant bite last year wasn't nearly as bad.
 
 
ithildin
22 September 2012 @ 04:57 pm
 
Just cleaned out the chicken coop. And I managed to do it without my brother catching me till I was almost done. He gets all ruffled when I try and do the stuff outside he thinks of as his responsibility. But he has the whole acre to take care of, I figure the least I can do is clean out the chickens. Hot and sweaty now, but the girls are appreciative of their nice clean digs.

Earlier, we went to the nursery and got two trees: a Silk Mimosa tree and a Black Locust. Also one more Oleander. The Black Locust was a big one for 50% off, and the description sounded pretty. We're trying to slowly replace the non native invasive trees on the property, so these two trees will be the first replacements. Really looking forward to having a mature Silk tree!

And, my brother identified the insect bite on my leg. I've had it since Tuesday, and it still itches, plus, what was odd was the bruise above it. Apparently, it's a Carpenter Ant bite. He and his coworker were bitten during the course of their work a few weeks back, so he recognized it. The fire ant bite last year wasn't nearly as bad.
 
 
ithildin
18 September 2012 @ 08:37 pm
Pinterest Update  
So it's been a few weeks since I signed up on Pinterest, and surprisingly, I've found it very useful! There's lots of people I've come across who keep chickens, and it's been a terrific resource for chicken research. I've found all sorts of helpful hints, health, first aid, bio-security, coop and run ideas, just a wealth of knowledge. For that alone, I'm glad I joined.
 
 
ithildin
18 September 2012 @ 08:37 pm
Pinterest Update  
So it's been a few weeks since I signed up on Pinterest, and surprisingly, I've found it very useful! There's lots of people I've come across who keep chickens, and it's been a terrific resource for chicken research. I've found all sorts of helpful hints, health, first aid, bio-security, coop and run ideas, just a wealth of knowledge. For that alone, I'm glad I joined.
 
 
ithildin
18 September 2012 @ 08:28 pm
Autumn Is Here  
We've been in the low to mid 90s for the last ten days, and next week, it will be in the 80s. The days are getting shorter, and it's time to think about any trees or such I want planted before winter. I'm thinking a silk tree this year. Last year was another aspen. Looks like the only peppers to do well this year were the pablanos - looks to be a bumper crop! They still have 4-6 weeks of grow time, depending on how fast the temps drop this year. The pomegranates are almost ready to pick, though a lot of them split with all the rain we've had this summer. But the chickens love that, because they get the split ones - which they love.

Speaking of the girls, they're all laying now, and even though we have many nesting boxes, they all insist on using the same one. Opened the back of the coop a few weeks back to find two of them sitting practically on top of each other in the favoured box. I go down between 6:30-7 every morning to let them out, and then Nin gives them their morning treat before she goes to work. In the evening, before it's their bedtime, I bring them fruit or some sort of treat, which they expect - when they hear my screen door slide, I start hearing the clucks and as I walk down the path, they're craning their necks, watching me. I'll have to see if I can get some pictures one of these days.
 
 
ithildin
18 September 2012 @ 08:28 pm
Autumn Is Here  
We've been in the low to mid 90s for the last ten days, and next week, it will be in the 80s. The days are getting shorter, and it's time to think about any trees or such I want planted before winter. I'm thinking a silk tree this year. Last year was another aspen. Looks like the only peppers to do well this year were the pablanos - looks to be a bumper crop! They still have 4-6 weeks of grow time, depending on how fast the temps drop this year. The pomegranates are almost ready to pick, though a lot of them split with all the rain we've had this summer. But the chickens love that, because they get the split ones - which they love.

Speaking of the girls, they're all laying now, and even though we have many nesting boxes, they all insist on using the same one. Opened the back of the coop a few weeks back to find two of them sitting practically on top of each other in the favoured box. I go down between 6:30-7 every morning to let them out, and then Nin gives them their morning treat before she goes to work. In the evening, before it's their bedtime, I bring them fruit or some sort of treat, which they expect - when they hear my screen door slide, I start hearing the clucks and as I walk down the path, they're craning their necks, watching me. I'll have to see if I can get some pictures one of these days.
 
 
ithildin
25 July 2012 @ 07:14 pm
My Babies Are All Grown Up!  
Opened the coop this morning, chickens tumble out, bend over to put brick in front of door, and see....EGGS! Granted, three broken eggs, as they were laid in the stampede ground, but eggs! When I came home, we found one outside under the shrubbery. We have taken photos. So proud :D
 
 
ithildin
25 July 2012 @ 07:14 pm
My Babies Are All Grown Up!  
Opened the coop this morning, chickens tumble out, bend over to put brick in front of door, and see....EGGS! Granted, three broken eggs, as they were laid in the stampede ground, but eggs! When I came home, we found one outside under the shrubbery. We have taken photos. So proud :D
 
 
ithildin
25 July 2012 @ 07:14 pm
My Babies Are All Grown Up!  
Opened the coop this morning, chickens tumble out, bend over to put brick in front of door, and see....EGGS! Granted, three broken eggs, as they were laid in the stampede ground, but eggs! When I came home, we found one outside under the shrubbery. We have taken photos. So proud :D
 
 
ithildin
28 April 2012 @ 02:40 pm
Chicken Housing  
Ariel view of the chickens part of the yard.


And now, the living space.... )

Pretty snazzy!
 
 
ithildin
28 April 2012 @ 02:40 pm
Chicken Housing  
Ariel view of the chickens part of the yard.


And now, the living space.... )

Pretty snazzy!
 
 
ithildin
28 April 2012 @ 02:40 pm
Chicken Housing  
Ariel view of the chickens part of the yard.


And now, the living space.... )

Pretty snazzy!
 
 
ithildin
26 April 2012 @ 06:57 pm
Chickens  
Remember what they looked like a few weeks back?

Well....


And... )
 
 
ithildin
26 April 2012 @ 06:57 pm
Chickens  
Remember what they looked like a few weeks back?

Well....


And... )
 
 
ithildin
26 April 2012 @ 06:57 pm
Chickens  
Remember what they looked like a few weeks back?

Well....


And... )
 
 
ithildin
01 April 2012 @ 02:44 pm
Chicks!  
Well, technically they're pullets, as their feathers are coming in, but, chicks! We decided to add to our agricultural pursuits and raise chickens for their eggs. We eat a lot of eggs, and free range ones, which I prefer for reasons of health and humane farming practices, are expensive, and getting more so. We have the room, brother is building the coop, and we have lots of left over fruit/veg from the orchard and the garden for them to eat. So yesterday, we went up to Cedar City and got chicks. We're starting with six, and we can add more next year if we need to.

From the front, the bigger one and the one next to her are Gold Sex-links - Cinnamon and Nutmeg. The two black ones are Australorps - Poppy Seed and Pepper, and the remaining two are Rhode Island Reds - Cayenne and Paprika. Yes, they're Spice Girls! They'll be in the brooder for 4-5 weeks, then outside to the coop. They're pretty darn adorable.
 
 
ithildin
01 April 2012 @ 02:44 pm
Chicks!  
Well, technically they're pullets, as their feathers are coming in, but, chicks! We decided to add to our agricultural pursuits and raise chickens for their eggs. We eat a lot of eggs, and free range ones, which I prefer for reasons of health and humane farming practices, are expensive, and getting more so. We have the room, brother is building the coop, and we have lots of left over fruit/veg from the orchard and the garden for them to eat. So yesterday, we went up to Cedar City and got chicks. We're starting with six, and we can add more next year if we need to.

From the front, the bigger one and the one next to her are Gold Sex-links - Cinnamon and Nutmeg. The two black ones are Australorps - Poppy Seed and Pepper, and the remaining two are Rhode Island Reds - Cayenne and Paprika. Yes, they're Spice Girls! They'll be in the brooder for 4-5 weeks, then outside to the coop. They're pretty darn adorable.