Category Archives: chicken and farmy stuff

losing my way but finding other ways

Yes, I have been working through some personal challenges. The course I have been stressing about has totally rocked my world. Somehow – for the first time in my life actually – I have totally dropped the ball and failed to realize that I needed to register for an exam at least a month ago for this course. I have completely missed the deadline (and have until tomorrow now) to either sort it out or cut my losses. When I realized this the other night I totally freaked out at myself. How did this happen? How could I (the person that rereads instructions at least 9 times before starting, or checks the alarm clock at least 7 times before allowing myself to fall asleep) bugger up so majorly on one of my courses? Needless to say I have been sorely disappointed with myself but I have allowed myself at least to move forwards and focus on getting myself back on track.

UGH! I still can’t believe I did it!

Anyways, things have been happening at light speed. Last weekend I went down to Seattle to visit my sisterfriend (John’s sis), her hubby and their new bundle of joy, Adele. She is sweet as pie and I forgot how much I love holding new babies. It was too brief a visit, but it was great to just hang out, cuddle new babies and enjoy good company.

This most recent weekend I played in my first full contact scrimmage for roller derby. I was so nervous, slightly sick (today I am full-blown sick) but managed to have the best time! Our team won, I managed to get a few good hits in there and didn’t hurt myself (minus one pulled quad muscle).

My “baby” chicks are no longer babies. Yesterday John and I decided to put them outside for a few hours in a separate run, next to the older chickens we have.

Today it’s back to business!
Until next time,

-SM

Overworked and underskated

Lately it feels like all I do is work. We’ve had a bit of a break from rollerderby (not by choice!) due to scheduling conflicts with our spaces etc….and it’s killing me! I feel like I am in withdrawal from skating since it’s been a week now. I must wait until Thursday….a lifetime away.

Yesterday (while I was at work of course) John checked out a local farm trader bazaar type thingy. Basically a bunch of local farmers brought their new livestock and sold them to other farmer people. John brought me home a present…..

well four presents…..

 So now we have four babies and 12 hens. Our egg production is surprisingly decent considering our hens were free castaways. We average about 5 eggs per day – which is plenty for us and we can sell a dozen or so to friends every week.

The new baby chicks are a bit of a test run to see how demanding chicks are since we have 30 coming at the end of May. So far (and it’s only been 24 hours) they remain adorable and cheepy.

 Yay for baby chicks and lots of eggs!

The ladies are settling in

The hens are settling nicely – in two days we have gotten about 8 eggs (two broke – bummer!). We were pleasantly surprised they layed eggs since we expected a transition period due to the “traumatic move” we put them through and adjusting to their new home. We were wrong – they seem fine and this morning John and I enjoyed two eggs each with toast!

Success 🙂

Chicken Day

So my lazy, windy day went out the window soon after I hit “publish” on my earlier post. I was skyping with my sister and perusing Craigslist when I stumbled across an ad for a dozen or so free hens. I looked at the posting and it went up about 15 minutes before I read it, so I sent off a quick email.

Within an hour I was on my way to a nearby farm to load up 14 hens into the back of my pathfinder. A hilarious sight to see indeed. But the short story is, is that WE HAVE CHICKENS! And they were free! So far they seem quite content and curious with their new home and have successfully scratched at and plucked out the weeds in their coop.
So I’ve got 14 ISA Browns that I am hoping will lay some eggs once they settle in to their new digs.

Exciting stuff!

-SM

Chicken Business #2

As promised, the in progress pics:

It doesn’t look like much, but notice that lack of significant holes aka “ankle breakers” in the ground. All tilled up!

This is the inside where the roosts are. This will likely be the last time it’ll be this clean for a while…..

This is the “people” side of the coop – where lighting is dealt with, food, equipment and rat poison for now.

I’m kind of fixated on chickens right now, my apologies if I am boring you to death. But I can’t wait!

-SM

Chicken Business

I had two whole days off from work and roller derby this week. The sun was out (albeit very chilly out) so we began working out in the chicken coop. I will provide some “before shots” this post and some “after shots” in the near future.

This is the outside of the coop/chicken house: this week we worked on monitoring the presence of rats – gross. We need to get ventilator masks for when we actually have chickens in there due to the strong odours. I’m tossing around the idea of making a neat sign with a name for the house…..

One side of the run – very rugged and lots of pot holes, bones, and random eggs!

I’ve contacted a few local breeders for some chickens – the goal is by April to have them up and running. Can’t wait!

We also tackled some other outdoor chores this week including: cleaning out and around the pond that we have ( I am tossing around the idea of keeping some ducks and making a duck house – fun), and assessed our garden for what we will plant since we kinda need to get rolling on that.

I will throw some updated pics up soon!

-SM