Chickie Update..

So the babies all have most of their feathers, and are certainly growing more and more every day. They will be needing more room soon! I took pictures of all the babies again this weekend, and am now figuring out coops and coop space.

These are my Aracauna/Americauna’s. I have 5 of them, and I am so dang excited about the Lavender colored one! I can’t wait to see them keep growing and see the different patterns.

I am thinking these are either New Hampshire Reds or Rhode Island Reds, I just can’t remember what was in the cage together when I bought them.

These are my 2 Buff Orpingtons. They are quite feisty too!

These are my White Cochins, there are 5, and they stay dirty! They are the tamest of the bunch so far!

These are my White Jersey Giants, there are 3. They are tamer as well!

These are my Barred Rocks- and they are the weird ones of this bunch. They spaz out when I go to do something in the coop.

This is my rare breed, and now that the feathers have developed, I can try to figure out what it is. I am thinking it is a Dorking. And I can’t tell if it is a male or female- it has no tail feathers yet- and has feathered legs, 5 toes, and the feathers are still growing on it’s head. So if you see something, and can identify let me know!

I am totally loving on these babies! We are trying to handle them more, so they are used to us.

Garden Update- May 18

This is picture heavy!

We were able to harvest some more tomatoes- we had another one but ate it on the burgers we had over the weekend. I also got some cucumbers- how exciting! Woot!

This is the volunteer pumpkin plant, the cantaloupe plant, the fava beans and their flowers, and the watermelon plants. It looks sad because I am trying to train it to spread into the grass not the tomatoes. Lesson learned, next year better planning! Oops!

All of the tomato plants, I think my potted ones besides the cherry tomato I am going to lose. I have to doctor and baby them back!

These are all cucumber plants, don’t mind the weeds, apparently they spread like everything else while I was gone! I will have to weed it this weekend!

The squash growing in the garden is great, although I do have to treat it this weekend, I can see some squash bugs! I think I may lose the other squash plant! 😦 The okra and peppers are doing great- I have 2 more peppers coming, and some buds on the other plants. The banana peppers are finally growing. I need to fertilize some this weekend.

The mint is doing well, so glad it won’t overpower anything. The basil is getting tall, I am going to harvest some this weekend. I am not sure what the little guy is, and the other one I believe is cilantro. He is growing quite fast now.

How is your garden? What are you harvesting!

One thing I have learned is to prepare a little better! And plan a little better!

 

Chicken Update

The total is down to 27 but the rest of the hens seem to be healthy as far as I can tell. We are going to try to handle the babies and handle the girls more so they can get used to us.

The babies are now getting to get outside some. We are figuring out which direction we are going to expand. They all have feathers now, and will need much more room soon!

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They have learned fast how to use the ramp!

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I will have to try to get some more individual pictures soon! The colors coming in are beautiful!

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The Golden Comets are definitely coming into their colors, and the Cherry Eggers are getting some black on them now!

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Spaz still runs them off occasionally, but she seems to be not as protective because we only have her left. There is one cherry egger that seems to not be scared, but these girls still flock together!

Goat Update

So the goaties have been doing well. My friend that I got the goats from has a pregnant doe- so I may acquire another soon! Although I do only want one if it is a female. I have gotten them used to me being in the pen, and almost have them coming directly to me. They don’t like crazy though! I am going to start having to halter train them so when it is time to trim their hooves I can do it. I love these guys, they are so dang adorable!

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This is the mom, please pet me!

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MJ has some gorgeous eyes!

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Kevin was pulling at my pants through the gate- he wanted me to rub on him some!

Want to win some seeds?

THIS  GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED- FOLLOW ME FOR ANOTHER IN THE FALL!

I am going to hold a seed giveaway! I am going to share some of my seeds from Mike the Gardener’s Seeds of the Month club!

So here goes the rules- I will be giving away a package of seeds. It will be random selection from a number generator. This giveaway is open until July 7- so for 2 weeks! You will have 24 hours to claim your prize or I will draw another name! I will be checking on all of these to make the list for entries!

1: You get 1 entry for following my blog.

2:You get 1 entry for liking this post and commenting that you did so.

3: You get 1 entry for posting a comment with a gardening tip.

Here’s what I am giving away!

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Good luck all! I can’t wait to see where I need to mail this too!

June Seed Shipment

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I am so excited for the Calendula, I have been reading some and can’t wait to plant this and harvest! This is one of those I have been waiting on! I can’t wait to see what I get next month!

Thanks Mike the Gardener- I love my little package I get every month! Something to definitely look forward to!

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Vacations are fun but..

It was great to have a vacation but i sure miss home. I love my animals and missed them so much, but i do feel more relaxed slightly.

Heres some more photos to enjoy… glad to be back home.

The zoo was small but amazing! Right after this picture we had to make a mad dash to the car, it downpoured!!

Im so glad for the memories!! And i got to spend time with my mom!!

Brief hiatus..

So i know i have not posted in awhile. We took a vacation, which was much needed for me. I miss my mini farm and worried about the status. Right now i am posting from my phone. Let me share some awesome pics, we are not home yet, but the hubby is taking care of everything i am sure. 

It is so peaceful, and i love the beach. Its been on and off again rain so we are trying to enjoy what we can and when.

Me and tooty on the USS Alabama, this was an interesting trip. Hubby and Sheldon enjoyed it the most I’m sure!

We went to Fort Morgan and walked around. It is very interesting and the girls had fun. 

Gotta go shopping right?

We have ate at some great places and i am enjoying eating seafood every night for dinner!

Until next time!

Chicken lice…

Violet had caught a huge case of chicken lice. That meant a huge cleanout of the coop, and spreading some diatomaceous earth and some pymethrin dust. The other hens seem to be doing fine, and are dust bathing in the new bath i gave them. This weekend will involve another huge cleanout, and refreshing the bath materials. I also have to check the other girls. In their dust bath, they have wood ash, diotamaceous earth, and a small pymethrin dust mix. 


This was definitely not something i wanted to deal with. And you can’t eradicate them, you just control them. 

Any tips? I pray you don’t ever have to go through that!

Garden update- June 7

Working hard in the garden these days..

The potatoes are doing great, although the storm knocked one or two of the plants over. I hope we get a good harvest.

I finally got my blueberry bush, raspberry bush, and my kiwi plant in buckets for now. A little late, but at least not wasted. I am hoping all the rain doesn’t ruin them.

The volunteer pumpkin plant is huge!

What is this? It was a volunteer plant.

Trellising is hard yall! Took me all day to get all this done. So worth it though, i will definitely plan better next year!

I believe this lil buddy is cilantro!

Can’t tell what that lil buddy is yet!

Got my first pepper yall! So exciting!

I hope hubby has been harvesting while i am gone. We’ve had cherry tomatoes so far, and now a pepper!

How is your garden growing?