Thursday, June 18, 2009

Chickens are a lot of work

Yes they are. Fresh eggs are tasty, and maybe one day we'll have fresh chicken in out pot pie. I guess that will make this up front effort worth while. I must admit that I actually enjoyed the work I put into the chicken house. Ha - what a deal, I got to do the sawing and drilling and my husband had to do all the hard stuff! My wimpy hands have a hard time bending the wire and stuff, so I used the power tools while he did the wire work. It was a good team effort and the chickens thank us. We're glad they like it! The scary part of this whole thing is that we need a lot more of these to comfortably hold all our our new chickens. The hatchlings are still in a small tractor, and the Australorps are still in bins on the porch. We have the wood to start on the next tractor, and after that we get to do another, and another...


Here is a picture of our first of many chicken houses.

Ok, technically that's not our first. My husband built one (a different type) last year our first white leghorns. This is just our first new one for this year's chicks. We have decided it was pretty easy to build and are planning on sticking with this design for our future creations.

Fun, fun, fun!

Plum Delicious

Ok, I'm going to try to post a picture at last! We planted a couple of flowering plum trees a few years ago and thought that's what we were going to get - ornamental flowering trees. What we were surprised to find out is that not only are these trees very pretty, they also produce lots of very tasty plums. I may need to learn out how to make plum jelly.

Here is a picture of the plums still on the tree.

And here is a picture of the plums we picked last night. They are just waiting to be eaten.

Care to join me for a snack?

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Back at last

I know it's been a while since my last post. No excuse, I've just been slacking off. Let's see, since then we finished our big chicken tractor and put the Easter chicks, Rhode Island Reds, and White Leghorns in it. Turns out that not all of the Easter chicks were males. We were told to expect that, but it seems that we got lucky. The hatched chicks are as cute as ever and growing big. They're in a smaller tractor. That just leaves the Black Australorps in a bin on the porch. No more chicks in the kitchen! Wohoo!! I celebrated the day we moved the last batch outside.

We had a major storm last night and the wind blew over the corn. It seems to be springing back up a little, so maybe it will be ok. The rest of the garden weathered it well. We have small cucumbers, squash and watermelon. The onions and radishes are ready and we go pull them up as we want to eat them. The beans and okra look good. A few other things are growing out there too. Seems we got a bit of a late start, but it's looking good!

Speaking of looking good, the blackberries and blueberries are growing like weeds too. We planted new strawberries and rasberries and they're both coming right along. The figs have figs, and one of the pear trees has pears. I guess that's better than it having peaches or apples, no? We even have a few plums getting ripe out there. Mmmmm, it's going to be good eating around here before long!

Well, that was a quick update of life here on the farm. I'm going to try to post more here, including pics of the place. Wish me luck!

The water's boiling, so I'm off to make my cup of hot. Goodnight all.