I have been a bit behind in my posts. Just a quick update. My chicks are doing wonderful. With this unseasonal warm weather we are having they are all having a great time in the coop already.
The sad news I have is our 10 month old dogs ran away on Sunday. I have been using every spare moment I have to post to lost dog sites like http://www.animalhumanesociety.org/lostandfound. We miss them. If they weren’t such good bird dogs they would be safe and sound in their dog house right now but that goose was too good looking for them not to chase. Off they went leashes and all. For now their dog house sits empty waiting for their return!
Yesterday we loaded up the mini van with the grandkiddos and took a little road trip to Runnings farm store. We came home with 3 boxes of chicks. I can’t tell you who was more excited the kids or me. The kids each had a choice between Black Sex Link and Buff Orpingtonpullets. They giggled as the gal tried to catch the ones they each chose. I chose 25 Cornish Cross Broilers for meat. We went home with 31 chicks. 3 of each of the layers and 25 meat birds. On the way home the kids talked about names that they wanted. I reminded them that we shouldn’t name the meat chicks because it would be harder when it was time to butcher. They all argued because they thought they all should have names. My oldest granddaughter came up with a solution. The meat chicks would be named Dinner #1, Dinner #2 and Dinner #3… That way they would remember they would be eating the chickens when they grew up. Pretty smart huh? Well we all thought so. I had taken the large dog creat we have for our big dogs and took it apart so I had two halves. My dear hubby had cut plywood to be placed where the door goes. After a few tries he came up with my tripod to hang the brooder light from. We put the water and feed tray in and then the kids put in the chicks. All this was in the bathroom.
The windows were put in the chicken coop on Saturday. My dear husband just has to frame up the other side that will be the covered outside roost area. Then the run. I think this project is coming along nicely. I only hope raising the chicks will be as nice! How’s your projects going?
Our outdoor projects are coming along nicely. My dear husband finished his little barn. It is just waiting for some warm weather to be stained. It turned out to be a really nice size. I’ll have to get out and get some updated images for you to see. If your following this blog I don’t think you will even recognize the chicken coop. We decided to go over the outside instead of finishing the inside of it. My dear hubby added a steeper roof line for the metal roofing too. He wanted it to be a bit more rustic so he went into the woods looking for a couple of trees he could use as posts. He came back in ranting and raving about someone taking his trees. I couldn’t imagine who would steal our trees. When I looked at him bewildered he told me to come out and see. I found some boots and followed him into our woods. The evidence was clear. Beavers were clearing our land faster than we wanted them too. It was amazing they have built-in measuring tapes. The trees were gnawed into 8 foot lengths.
They had even started to drag them out to the pond. With the warmer weather coming all projects were put on hold. My dear husband revved up the 4 wheeler. He was going after his trees! No beavers were going to beat him at this game. We started to think of ways to protect certain trees from the beavers. We talked about using wire to wrap the trees in. My daughter remembered a pin I had pinned on Pinterest and thought it would be a great way to protect the trees.
I didn’t anticipate leap day being much of a day out of the norm but it really was. Up here in the northern part of the USAwe look forward to a snow day every once in a while at least. The day started out early with a recorded call from the school superintendent saying how school would be closed due to weather. After turning the TV on to check out the weather and road conditions you get to crawl back into bed to sleep in. As each kid wakes up they start to realize it is a snow day that’s why they got to sleep in. At breakfast the excitement starts to build as the discussion of what each kid wants to make in the snow first is voiced. It is like a bonus day, a free day, a day that doesn’t count. You get to do something you hadn’t planned on doing that day. Being this was the first snow day we have had since we move to our little farm I thought I should go out and check on everything. Our 15-year-old told me I would want my camera so I grabbed it on the way out the door. The snow was beautiful but the rain that came before the snow had turned to ice. Then that wet sticky kind of snow was on top of that. The branches sagged under all the weight. It was kind of eery for some reason.
Some were bending down to the driveway. Some had broken and were laying on the ground, shed roof and the fence. The very fence we had just fixed on Saturday. I closed the gate to the pasture and unplugged the new fencer. I didn’t want that to burn out again. I continue to walk down our township road and take images of the ice and snow.
windmill in disguise
Once back in the house it was time to start warming up by baking. The kids played outside for hours and had warm chocolate chip cookies when they came in. A day like this called for soup or stew so beef stew was made for supper with cranberry muffins.
warm cranberry muffin
The night was wrapped up by planting some sweet pepper seeds. That task reminded me that spring is right around the corner and the snow won’t last long.