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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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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!

Sweet Potato Wealth   6 comments


In the spring I had two large sweet potatoes left over from a friends garden that never found their way into some delicious meal. The potatoes made slips so I mounded up some dirt and planted them.

I decided this morning to see what action was going on beneath the soil. I laughed in delight when I unearthed my very first sweet potato!

 

 

I gathered around eight pounds of lovely sweet tasties. I added a little more soil and gave the plants some water.

 

 

I am may just bake a sweet potato pie today!

 

 

Enjoy your day!

 

 

 

 

 

Walk On Wednesday   Leave a comment


So many photos with not enough time to capture each.

 

The produce from the garden makes me smile. I love the green bean with purple stripes! A little bean cross-pollination happened.

 

 

 

 

 

Enjoy your day!

 

Bugs, Blossoms and Butterflies   2 comments


  Blueberries are in high demand among all us around the patch.

 

  

 

  

 

Our butterfly bush is a favorite plant in the yard.

 

  

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

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