Late Summer Update

Our little piece of God’s earth is trying to keep up with the change in weather from bouts of rain to dry humid heat. The grass is good when we get some rain and the chickens love all the bugs…

Chickens

The birds are still having babies and one mom has taken over our smaller birdhouse…

birdhouse

Inside I am trying to keep up with the housework and animals coming in and out. Chase and Grayson are always under foot trying to be “helpful”. But I do love their company.

cat grayson

Its almost our favorite month… September. Hope you are doing well wherever you are 🙂

 

 

A look back cat

I was going though some old pictures last night and came across ones of baby Grayson…

Grayson duck

He had his 3rd birthday this month and I can’t believe he used to be this small…

Baby grayson sun

Any could fit in one of my hands when we first got him…

Baby grayson

He was such a small and snuggly little baby…

Grayson Christmas

And he has grown to be a long lean cat who isn’t really that big, but is pretty long 🙂

Grayson Big

He’s not super snuggly anymore except when he first wakes up or wakes you up in the early morning hours… but he is loveable, fun, and zany at times and we wouldn’t trade him.

Summer grass

I am so glad that the summer grass has come in and the chickens have plenty of fresh, green, healthy, grass to forage in.

Chickns grass

Happy chickens=healthy chickens=good eggs 😉

Happy Happy Chickens!

The grass is back, the tress are coming out, the flowers are blooming, and the chickens are happy.

chickens

Yet its either hot and humid or were having thunder storms and tornado warnings… I am not sure what season to call this, its not spring, or summer… I think I will just call it crazy!

Back to business…

The snow is starting to melt and the girls are enjoying getting back out to forage

americana chicken

They are enjoying being out in the parts of the yard that are free from snow

white chicken

And finding bugs that are coming out now that the snow is melting

bard chicken

I am happier because I am getting more eggs

chicken

They are much happier now that they can be out in the yard roaming which is what they are used to.

This looks a little more like spring…

A few weeks ago my friend and her father got a new mama goat and her two kid goats.

baby goats

A little boy…

baby boy

And a little girl…

baby girl

They are so cute. I just love baby goats. They are probably one of my favorite, if not my favorite baby farm animal.

baby goats2

Come on how can you not love this face…

baby male

They got them to keep in with the chickens to help with flying predators, like hawks. My friend’s family also has a couple year old cows…

cows

And a big flock of 21 week old golden and silver laced wyandotte chickens…

chicks

They only have a few acres but do a lot with them. I am hoping spring will come soon, the grass will come back, and the warmer temperatures will come for our chickens sakes. 😉

Snow and Ice

We had more snow and ice today. Not a lot, but enough to make the girls go back in after they were just enjoying their first day out out of the enclosed coop run in over a week due to the snow, bitter cold, and wind.

We did put new hay in the coop to add some warmth and they got some goodies so that helped. Hopefully they can get out in the next few days. Despite the snow we did get the boys out for a little hike. They had a great time running and being dogs. Hope your staying warm and cozy where ever you are.

After Christmas

Happy belated Christmas and New Years. We have been quite busy and I let this blog get away from me. Maybe in 2018 I’ll be better about posting. Hope your having a a great start to 2018! 😁

Thoughts and Prayers

My families thoughts and prayers continue to be with those in Texas and Louisiana affected by the hurricane. We have also added the people of Florida to this list.

white flower

I have family down there including my dad who is on his way back up here. As some of you know who have been following my blog for a while, my dad is paralyzed from below the chest. He finally agreed to leave so he could be safe. We pray if you know people down there they left and are safe as well. Thoughts and prayer with Texas, Louisiana, Florida, and any other states that may be impacted by these horrible hurricanes and the tornados happening because of them.

Sad News

It’s official… we have a fox 😦 We have been pretty lucky here that predators usually stay away because the dogs are in with the chickens off and on all day and until bed time). The smell of the dogs and us usually keep them out of the fenced in area we have for the dogs and chickens. But not this fox… Sunday night we went to lock up the girls and found this one missing…

other girl

We looked and looked and never found her. We assumed we had a predator. Well Tuesday morning we woke up and two more girls were mulled… Luckily hubby found them (or what was left of them). We found out it was our old girl…

old girl

And my only blue egg layer that had been gotten…

blue layer

I was pretty upset this predator got my blue egg layer (well I was upset about all- never fun to have chickens die like that). We predator proofed our coop and the area more, and had to finish in a bad thunder storm. Then Tuesday night before we let the boy out we would check the area. About 9:30pm I went to open the back door so the boys could go out and a fox shot out from behind hubbys grill, down the back porch steps, and across the yard. By the time hubby got there the fox was in the neighbors field. This fox must go he’s too bold and I can’t have him killing my chickens. I am praying he doesn’t get anymore.

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