Monday, February 20, 2012
On one hand I feel that I should apologize for not checking in this past week. On the other hand I was so busy that things couldn't be helped. I suppose you could call this an update on the progress of our little slice of "heaven". At this point I'm thinking that any and all things I'm getting ready to tell you is almost "bragging". It's been one hell of a good week.
The weather is the only thing that hasn't been co-operating. Dreary cloudless skies that spit out cold wet precipitation regularly. I know we need the rain. Boy do I know we do, but things need to dry out enough for us to get the fertilizer (horse poo) worked into the soil. The forecast looks good though and we just need a few days of sun and we should be good to work the garden. Anyway.... it's coming on time to plant around here and I'm getting "itchy". I know that this year is probably going to be a learning experience and the soil needs to be "conditioned" but I still have some pretty high hopes for a good garden season. LOL Mars says that if we plant all that we have planned - something is bound to come up! Now THAT is a positive attitude!
I have news! Really big news! (well for us it is anyway) We are now officially raising chickens. Sweet, yes? I don't know what kind they are but I'm prone to guess barnyard mutts, courtesy of our neighbors. He's been telling us that when we are ready he'll be more than happy to give us a few chickens. Well, finally, last night was the night. After a wonderful cookout of some awesome Mexican food (authentic bwt) we went out to the barn and proceeded to do some chicken rustling! We had taken a cage down to transport them in and before long we had our very own chickens. Now, I might remind you that part of the "deal" with the chickens was that we would take a couple of roosters off his hands. I took him literally at "a couple" and we came home with two pretty roosters and 4 hens. Of course he was quick to tell me that we could have more roosters whenever we want them. They don't butcher anything down there so there seems to be quite a few plump roosters that might need a "hot bath". LOL
Anyway.... we brought them home and they settled in pretty well. They have been free range chickens till now, so they weren't real happy about the pen. They were looking for an escape hatch.... I'm sure they will settle in soon though. Its not like chickens have very much grey matter!
This morning when I went out to feed them I just had to stand there looking and grinning. We finally actually have our own chickens. Out of our "plan" for our little set up this is a real big deal. That makes 2/3's of our livestock in the barn, so to speak. Coming soon... Goats!
Anyway.... There have been several other big things ( to us) happening around the homestead and I promise to try and post more frequently. We've just seemed to be on the road alot this past week, which isn't really what either of us like, but what with getting ready for the chickens to come to their new home and grocery shopping and working on the things around here and ... and... Yeah, you know what I mean!
I have lots of things to share with you guys and a cool give-away coming up soon to so stay tuned....
Oh, and anyone want to venture to guess what kind of chickens these are? I'm clueless. BUT I know one thing.... one of them left us a pretty green tinged (kinda) egg this morning. Can you believe it???? Our first EGG!!!! I'm a danged chicken farmer now!! :D
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