Funny Chicken Story-

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I love my girls so much! I love watching them eat bugs, and I am glad they are getting along for the most part!

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If you can’t tell they got some watermelon- and this momma needs to clean the coop and give them some grass!

My girls actually make less of a mess with crumbles than pellets.

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Growing so fast! My little barred rock is always the one who is curious and comes to me when I open the coop to check on them and refresh the food and water!

wp-1496275828862.jpgThey were a little hot! And I am so glad their feathers are coming in- soon they will get to taste some freedom!

Funny story here- we got home really late one night after going to Tooty’s rehearsal for her dance recital. I was going through the efforts of feeding and refreshing water for all the animals. I looked into the coop and got the egg for the day- and then wondered where my teenage girls were. It was 9 pm, dark and I was working by a head lamp- I happened to look up and all I had was fluffy butt in my face! I am so glad I did not get pooped on- it would have made the story better- but it still would have sucked!

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This is how the girls roost at night! And let me say this- they scared the bejeesus out of me!

What kind of chicken is that?

So we took all 20 babies out of the coop- and I took a picture of each one- you will only get to see a few- but I was interested to see what I ended up with since I have sold, added, and couldn’t tell the day old babies apart!

wp-1496094126712.jpgThis is a White Jersey Giant baby- I have 3 of these.

wp-1496094115846.jpgThis is I believe a Rhode Island Red- I have 2 of these gals!

wp-1496094108530.jpgThis is my Buff Orpington- I have 2 of these gals!

wp-1496094099250.jpgThis is my rare breed- it has 5 toes- and a little bit of feathers on it’s legs- I am not too sure which one this is!

wp-1496094092103.jpgThis is a Barred Rock- Tooty wanted it- we have 2 of these gals!

wp-1496094069888.jpgThis is my Aracauna/Americauna- I have 5 of these- and this is the one I definitely want more of! I love having colored eggs!

wp-1496094061209.jpgThis is a White Cochin- I have 5 of these feather friends!

 

Enjoy! How are your chicks?

Garden Update- May 30

This is usually a picture heavy post. This weekend I got the front bed weeded and got the pots moved. In the process I found that squash bugs decimated one of my squash plants. I am sad- but I got rid of the plant and check the others- so far so good. Although they are a little flooded from all this rain! We also added a sprinkler system so its easier to water, and I got the others in the ground! Enjoy!

This is the volunteer pumpkin plant- and apparently I have some volunteer tomato plants too!

wp-1496093958268.jpg Look at that cherry tomato harvest! This is the one plant that is doing well! I will have to plant some more next year! We only have the one!

Part One update

It is definitely growing and making me happy! I have some work to do this weekend though before I leave on vacation!

Chicken Coop Additions

So we had bought a chicken waterer that had nipple waterers on it. The girls did not like it at all- they had a harder time learning how to use it. So while at Tractor Supply I saw the cup waterers. We are going to do a PVC one with the other coop since there is no where to hang one. If there is one thing I worry about with animals- it is water!  There is 2 to a pack, and so we bought 4 to switch out the nipples on the bucket. One of the holes split the bucket- luckily we had another bucket to use! Hubby drilled the holes and we got the bucket ready!

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It just involves the girls pecking at it. If it wasn’t summer I would remove the other waterer so they could learn to use the other- but I am paranoid. On the package it states to remove all other water sources- and they will learn quickly how to use it. I think we may have to move it to another spot- and see if they will use it there! Right now it just gets pooped on!

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I scrubbed the other smaller waterer and feeders so I can leave some extra when we go on vacation. I do have someone coming to take care of them- but I will worry less if there is more for the babies and the girls to use! Scrubbing these was some work- but I will have to scrub the bigger ones this weekend. I don’t want my girls to have yucky stuff!

DIY- Goat Hay Feeder

Hubby and I have been talking about a hay feeder for the goats, and finally got one built!

Pinterest is where I get all my good ideas y’all! So to whomever originally posted this- thanks! I have to give credit where credit is due- this is not my idea- I just executed it!

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Goaties need hay- and they don’t want it wet- or if it has touched the ground! I never knew goats could be so picky- mine are y’all- mine are! I tried to feed them corn on the cobb- they don’t like it. They don’t like strawberry tops either!

To make the feeder- we used an old plastic tote that was warping. It can hold 2 to 3 flakes. We nailed a 2 x 4 piece that we had laying around to the pallet wall- and then screwed the tote on. If you look at the back- it has a little of an angle because I need to be able to place the lid on and off- you don’t want the hay wet!

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It took a minute to figure out what it was!

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We absolutely love it!

2017 Goals- May Check-In

So on this post here, I listed my goals for 2017. We will probably be adding more as the year goes on- but here is April’s check- in since today is May 1st! Did you set goals? How are you doing? See the updates in red! Check out my progress- January Check-In  February Check-In March Check-In April Check-In

  1. Personal- Quit Smoking. It will save money and my health. This year I am dead serious on quitting smoking. I am also trying to make the switch from caffeine or other drinks to strictly water. That is a slow progression as I tend to get migraines when I lose the caffeine.
  2. Quail-Finish the quail coop. We did get started with the coop- but it needs to be finished. We are also looking at buying some more babies. I would like to raise and sell eggs/babies.
  3. Chickens- Build a bigger chicken coop- and get some more chickens. I have 2 separate breeds, and have not decided whether I want roosters or not. ( I have 28 chickens total now- and are planning some chicken coop/run expansion.)
  4. Gardening- Start an herb garden. Plant some fruit trees. Start some seeds and a small garden to manage so we can save more money. ( The garden is growing great- and I am learning some!)
  5. Small Home Organization and Projects- Organize the shed. Clean out the rest of our stuff from my in-laws. Declutter a lot of stuff. We have a few renovation projects to complete, which we already have the supplies for.
  6. Save More Money!
  7. Food Preservation- I got a gift card for Christmas- so I bought a dehydrator. We will start with that. I am also stocking up on canning supplies so I can start with some water bath canning. I have a flat top stove- so we have to look and see if our model will allow us to can, otherwise I will find something else to do. ( I did some canning for the first time!)
  8. Cook From Scratch- Right now I am working on getting rid of some premade things in the pantry, but we will start slow with that and making our own bread.
  9. Rain Barrel- Get the rain barrel set up. This does involve buying some gutter guards- but we have material to build a stand for it to sit on.

What in the world?

We have had so much going on lately! And the rain- oh the rain! It feels like it has been raining non-stop, and especially when I want to work outside. I have learned to work outside in the rain for some things! It is a lot cooler!

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That is the rain gauge, which has just been cleaned out since last Friday I believe. We have been trying to get multiple projects done- eventually! One small step for man! Right? Rome wasn’t built in a day!

This weekend should have been a long weekend for us- but hence I worked half a day Monday. Trash has to be picked up y’all! Hubby got to stay home with the kiddos the first half of the day. But the downside is, when we run a day behind- he will have to work this upcoming Saturday. 😦 It’s life!

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We finally took out the fire put, and made smores! It was nice to just sit and relax! Especially after a hard days work! It also meant plans for a permanent patio and fire pit for the future! YAY!

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Grass got cut- not after a fun story though! The belt broke- and kept coming off- which involved the hubby taking the whole deck off and looking at it. We bought 2 belts on Saturday after Tooty’s recital, and broke one on Sunday cutting grass. Tip for the wise- I will always have at least one extra belt for the mower now- so yes, we will go buy another one!

I don’t have any pictures from Tooty’s recital, but it was great! She had so much fun!

The modern amenities- internet. The internet went out on Sunday when I was going to plan and post out for the week! Kinda threw a kink in my plans! Turns out it was because a fiber optic cable broke in Atlanta- we are 2 hours from Atlanta- highway hours- how does that effect us? It did make me think how much we depend on technology though! We are needing to get away some! I do limit my time though!

I hope everyone had a great weekend, and I have a vacation coming up! So some relaxing time for me! YAY!

Until next time y’all, Keep It Simple!

Garden Update- May 22

It has been crazy hectic- with the end of school for my girls, and a dance recital- and it has been raining like crazy! The garden definitely is enjoying the fresh water- I hope!

So much rain that part of the tree by the garden got hit in a storm! I thank God it did not fall the other way and hit the garden!

 

See that! So glad! We will have to trim it down and move it- even though it is on the neighbors property. We have a few trees that draws the lines in our properties. I am glad the hubby trimmed that tree the weekend we tilled the garden! It may have not went that way had we not done maintenance!

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Cherry tomato plant is doing wondermous! We will have some more to harvest soon! Look at it blooming like crazy!

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I am not sure which herb got planted in the green pot- what do yall think it is? This is what happens when you forget what you planted! OOPS! Better luck next time for this gal!

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Grow garden grow!

Big Boy Tomatoes- look at them coming in! Hubby is so excited for these 2! I will be staking more soon!

Summer squash! What am I doing wrong? It is slow to bloom! I think I may trellis these!

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These have to go in the garden soon, and I have to remember what is what when I plant them in the garden free space!

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Watermelon is growing like crazy!

Red and green bell pepper! Look at that pepper on the left side, and I have a baby on the right!

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My lone banana pepper plant is growing tall!

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the 2 biggest Okra plants, I have 2 more in there. I need to get some more planted!

I am going to try for some more seeds, but I am worried that it is too late! Any advice?

By the way- check out my voluntary pumpkin plant from where the chickens ate pumpkin before we moved the coop!

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Ain’t Life Grand!

#SorryNotSorry

I know my grammar Nazi friends and myself included hate that title- but like my hashtag states- Sorry, Not Sorry! I am so excited y’all! I got nominated for the Blogger Recognition award! Makes me feel so loved, and to know that my blog actually has readers!

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I was nominated by Our Oily Homestead. This is an awesome blog, who right now has a Fun Fact Friday column all about chickens! And we all know I love my chicks! This one will get big y’all!

THANK YOU SO MUCH! I APPRECIATE IT! YOU ARE AWESOME!

So to start it off- I started my blog less than a year ago to share my Homestead journey. We are a hot mess y’all, hence the name. It started more as a personal journal to keep track of all we had going on- and has leaned into leading my way into my urban mini-farm. I love DIY and being frugal, and we are trying to lead more into self-sufficiency and green and healthy living ways! I forget everything- being a busy mom- so this was a glld place for me to keep track- and apparently people like reading it! Who knew? I am just glad I don’t scare anyone away! #reallifetruths  If y’all have been following me awhile- or if you are new- just know I don’t sugar coat- and homesteading can be glorious and beautiful- but it has trials and triumphs. That is what I post!

I am fairly new myself- so the best advice I can give is-

  1. I work a normal 8 to 5 like most of us do- so my first tip is to pre-write and schedule your blog posts. I take an hour or so on Sunday morning or Saturday evening and write a few posts for the week- and schedule them out. It has helped with time management and the stress! All of the biggest bloggers even do this- some people have months planned out- me I fly by the seat of my pants- so it is weekly planned!
  2. Have fun with it and be honest! I write like I would be having a conversation with you, like we were sitting on the porch just talking. Some may not like that, but I find it the best way to read. I want to see the good, the bad, and the ugly. Everyone has trials and tribulations but above all remain positive! We have too much negativity in this world! Be you!

My nominations (These are some people I have followed for awhile- and think if we were friends- we could sit and talk for hours- or work alongside each other great!)-
New Garden Homestead I love following this blog- some great recipes- and garden updates! Easy to read and honest!

Sprout & Sprig They are updating an old farm (How amazing is that opportunity) and have 40 acres! So jealous! But a great blog to follow!

Llewellyn Homestead Let me tell you- this year- 3 bags of trash! Crafts, gardens, BEES (I eventually want to step into this avenue), and going green! An all around great blog!

 

For those nominated, here are the rules for this award.  Keep the love going!

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  2. Write a post to show your award.
  3. Give a brief story of how your blog started.
  4. Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
  5. Select (up to 15) other bloggers for this award.
  6. Comment on each blog to let them know you nominated them and provide a link to the post you created.

 

Thank you to all my loyal readers- all my blogger friends, I feel like I know you! Keep on reading and keep on blogging!