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Why Are Little Bees Getting So Much Attention?   Leave a comment


Why Are Little Bees Getting So Much Attention?.

Chicken Delight with Eggs   17 comments


In the past few weeks the hens have provided us with over two dozen eggs and counting. I have made egg salad and even pickled some eggs.

 

I had to take a picture of our first two eggs!

 

Great chicken friends

  our first two eggs

 

Pullet eggs are great for pickling. I am going to try lots of recipes and create a few of my own.

 

My sweet feathered friends

The ladies and Big Bird watch me pull weeds from the garden for their midday salad. Big Bird demands attention with his loud crow along with the fifteen hens clucking at me.

 

Henny Penny enjoying a bit of scratch feed

 

 

The ladies are so very loving and loud when announcing the arrival of the newest egg addition. I know I am to blame for spoiling them but I care not. They feed us, amuse us, are great alarm systems, provide organic fertilizers, etc.

So for more entertaining photos…    Little B-Tips curious about the camera

 

 

Mr Meowgo likes the egg a little too much

 

Our trusted feline friend is not entirely pleased with our new feathered family. He is very curious and does watch over them.

 

 

Two hens in the box and one on her way in

 

Although there are eight different laying boxes, the hens only lay in the one box that I painted the word egg on…can they read? Or maybe it’s the classical music playing on NPR?  As you can see, two Rhode Island Reds are already in the laying box and a line is forming.

 

Room for three?

 

 

Henny Penny must be in dire straits to crowd with two other hens in the same laying nest.  Three hens sharing  I came back to find three eggs a little later in the day!

 

Love birds

 

 

Big Bird making some noise

Big Bird loves his special treats of sunflower seeds and cooked brown  rice.   Big Bird is the sweetest rooster  He loves to eat from my hand.

 

 

Enjoy your day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Joys of Living with Chickens   19 comments


Our chicken house(wing)

 

Building a 90%  up-cycled chicken house is simple and fun.

 

 

       Another view of the chicken house

The Flock Grew We soon realized the five hens originally ordered turned into a 16 count!

 

We built an other wing for them to have the proper living space.

 

 

Peeps! @ day old chicks

 

Teaching the little chicks how to drink and eat was a breeze. We dipped their tiny beaks to the water and they drank with enthusiasm. Tapping my finger on top of their food was all it took for an eating session.

 

First night at home

 

Chick on warm brick

 

 

Chick snuggle

Brave growing chicks

 

 

Say is that a chick on you head? Our chickens are a bit indulged and it is fine.

 

 

Ladt Bird Tuck Tuck enjoys napping on my knee

 

 

Little Beak was the runt

Now Little Beak is a healthy 5 month old-young lady!

 

Chicks in June

Getting bigger

 

 

Yes they love ice water in the summer

 

 

Sleepy, night, night

 

 

Suprise we have a rooster that loves standing on frozen ice Meet Big Bird. He is our unexpected rooster with a fine character.

 

 

Fresh fruit is enjoyed by all

 

Big Bird and a few of the ladies

 

My sweet Lady Bird Tuck Tuck getting bigger

 

 

These two garden spiders has been eaten

Chickens are a lot of fun and well worth the effort!

 

 

Enjoy your day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Japanese Persimmons: A Magical Fruit   43 comments


Yesterday I tasted my very first Japanese persimmon. ripe Japanese persimmon

This colorful fruit rules! I have never seen such large persimmons. You have to taste one of nature’s best desserts.

 

Flesh of the Japanese persimmon

 

The tree bows to the ripened persimmons.   Japanese persimmon tree laden with fruit

Plump ripe Japanese persimmon

 

The ants can have this persimmon for themselves.

 

Low hanging fruit: the Japanese persimmon

 

Thanks to our vet for sharing his bounty of yummy fruit! Dr. John you rock!  Persimmons ready to eat

 

Dr. John and his staff have a neat office pet that allows me a photo or two.

 

Our vet's office lizard pet

Lucky little lizard!

 

Enjoy your day!

 

 

 

Do Onions Make You Cry?   30 comments


Me just being me has all manner of experiments in various stages in my house and in our garden as well. Meet Mr. Onion Face!

 

 

 

 

 

 

So after 10 days of having my Mr. Onion Face on the counter, it was time to take farewell photos before the trip to the compost bin. Plus the gnats and smell is not very appealing.

 

 

 

The rotting tomatoes adds a little flair to the picture.

 

 

 

 

 

Time for the next phase for Mr. Onion Face. Let me introduce you to Seymour, our compost bin. Goodbye, dear friend.

 

 

 

Enjoy your day!

Carrots with Personality   39 comments


We love carrots!

In addition to the health benefits of carrots, they also dazzle me. The carrots above look to be dancing under water.

 

 

 

Purple carrots are a garden novelty and taste great.

 

Lucca is a great little helper!

 

 

 

 

 

 

I found another neat carrot combo.

 

 

 

We have a few more carrots in the garden. I hope they bond before I harvest.

 

Enjoy your day!

Eastern Box Turtle Busted: Enjoying a ripe tomato   35 comments


Turtles are on the top of my list of favorite reptiles. We have many turtles living all around our little spot called home and apparently they love tomatoes as much as I.

 

He does not look very pleased to have me taking his photo but I cannot help myself from capturing great pictures.

 

 

 

He hung around as I gathered the ripe or ripening tomatoes. He hissed a little when I picked him up for a photo. I returned him to dine on the best of the tomatoes in my garden.

 

Enjoy your day!

 

 

 

 

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