Rain and Chicks

Hello All

Hope everyone is having a great week and have good plans for the weekend ahead. We have been dealing with a lot of rain this week, but trying to get the babies out in between the rain…

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They just love getting out and are growing so fast. Enjoying having these babies in the house 🙂  (on a sad note we lost one of our 2nd batch girls the buffs… but moving forward with the new little ones ). Sending out sunshine and blessings your way!

Chick Adventures

The baby chicks have been getting out more now that it is warm enough and are learning many new things. Sometimes they learn together…

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And other times one or two will get brave and venture a little further solo before running back to the group…

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But they are never to far from me yet…

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Because Chase will herd them back if they do go to far…

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They are learning how to peck at the ground for food…

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And how to pose for the camera…

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It’s a fun time with them and will put you in a good mood watching them learn to be chickens 🙂

 

 

 

Growing babies

Its been a fun experience so far with these girls. Each batch of chicks we have had has been slightly different in the way they interact with us, interact with each other, and depending the season how much they get out and how early.

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These girls like to pair up a lot. But which two are together usually depends on situation and who is doing what. I think this also has to do with number… there are only four of them. Before now the fewest we have had together is 8 and usually get 10 at a time.

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Each is starting to get their own personality and each has her own coloring which makes for a pretty batch of girls. One is very light in color… (she is always primping)

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Another more medium brown… (she likes to sleep and is passive with the others)

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The last Ameraucana is dark brown and black mostly in color… (she is the leader)

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And the other girl is our brown egg layer so she is all back with little spots of white… (she is all over the place and likes to be second in domination)

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Over all they are a fun bunch 🙂

 

Guess What…

We got new baby chicks… (yes mom we did 😉 )

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It wasn’t planned really as we thought we were done for a while with chickens, but these girls are addictive. A friend of ours at church was getting some and offered to add to his order because he was getting a kind I always wanted… Ameraucana ‘s 🙂

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So meet our three girls the Ameraucana triplets…

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And here is our other new girl as we decided to go ahead and add a new brown egg layer. So here is our first Barred Rock baby…

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They are sweet birds and less skittish then the last couple of batches we got. So we are excited to add to our flock.

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If you think chickens are not addictive… I beg to differ 😉 The proof is above 🙂

Snow to spring and back again …

That last eastern snow storm got us  Monday night into Tuesday.

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Since we knew it was coming our way we did prep work around our place. Secured the chickens and got a couple flock blocks set up plus extra water, covered up the tractors, moved the generator, and filled up the bird feeders as we like to provide a spot for the birds in the snow to get food.

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There were quite a few birds that showed up…

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All three boys liked watching the birds, the two pups from the door and little Grayson from the window…

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We also enjoy watching them. You see a hierarchy just like you do with the chickens… interesting to watch.

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I also like to see the little birds find ways to get to the good food and fool the bigger birds.

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Provides some good entertainment on a snowy day.

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If you got this snow I hope you stayed safe and warm. I was lucky this time, hubby did the shoveling and snow blowing and I got to be inside cooking and baking. I think I got the better part of the deal 😉

 

Snow, Bird, whatever that was…

Our little Grayson has a few perches in the house that he loves to sit in. During each season he has different things to watch and he will use one perch more then others. Right now he loves this one as he can see many things. He has recently been enjoying the snow falling…

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Watching the birds fly from the tree right below this window or the chickens in the yard.

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And sometimes I am not sure what he is seeing, but it sure keeps his interest.

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Its entertaining watching him be entertained by all the things he sees. It’s also cute to hear him make little noises with different things he sees and watch him sometimes try to go after something, only realizing he can’t get it when his paw swipes the glass pane of the window. I think he is calmest though when he watches the snow… but I can’t blame him that’s when I am calmest too 🙂

Coop Cleaning…

Last week we finally got a nice enough day to clean out the chicken coop. This means we rake, shovel, and scrape out all the old hay, shavings, dirt, and whatever else is in there. In it’s place we disinfect ( in a way that doesn’t hurt the chickens) and while that is setting in we clean out and spray down the boxes and get anything we can out into the sun light and spray it off with the water hose.  Once everything is as clean as we can get it we put down fresh hay and new shavings in the boxes.

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Our girls always love scratching around in the new hay and seeing what they can find. Its like a kid on their birthday playing with the box. Its funny to hear their happy noises and see them explore. Even the dogs try to go in and check it out (if we would let them).We rearranged things some this season to give them more space inside incase they have to stay in with the winter weather.

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Chase is always a good supervisor for chores that take a while. Baxter is happy to sit on the porch and sleep.

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I’m glad we got this chore done and have the girls already for the winter. One chore down… many more to go 😉

Best Part of Snow

There are many things you can say about snow… its cold, its wet, its messy, its too deep, its too hard to see when it gets going good… You could say all these things, but why not also see the positives? Why not see the beauty? In our recent 3 feet of snow I could have seen many negatives and at times I think the biggest negative was being sore from digging out, but looking at the picture below I see something else…

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I see the beauty in the snow falling softly. I see the birds using the snow as cover to come to the feeders and eat. I see quiet in the middle of a busy world (yes I know you hear quiet, but I can remember the quiet from this picture). I see the trees holding up all the snow powerful and strong. I see a beauty that is not in our world at other times. Snow can be calming, it can be relaxing, it can relieve stress, it can stop a world that is always to busy, to stressful, and to overworked. It reminds us and sometimes makes us slow down and remember that in this world where we live, we need to actually live. This snow gave hubby and I time to do a little living… living by loving on our pets, spending time together, getting some things done for us, taking some time to really rest without worrying about what was not getting done, watching the snow fall so peacefully at times we couldn’t help but to sigh and let ourselves relax. Snow can give you a different perspective and a different view of your own world.

“And the peace of God, which transends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus”

-Philippians 4:7

Birds in the Snow

Our birds have been enjoying our bird feeders that hubby has been trying to keep full.

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They have been on the feeders and under them where they had dropped some of the seeds.

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We have had different kinds of birds, but mostly these small little birds and robins.

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They also have been under some of the trees I think eating berries and things that have dropped off of them.

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They have been keeping the kitten entertained as he watched from the window.

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I am glad our trees and feeders have kept them safe and fed in all this bad weather.

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Yahhh for cute little birdies 🙂

Chickens in the Snow

I had a comment about chickens in the snow on my last post that inspired me to share about my snow dare devils. I know most chickens will avoid the snow and not even think about going out in it. I have a couple of chickens who take the risks even in the 3 feet of snow they had to get out…

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And take a look around…

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And get stuck…

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Chase saw this one was stuck and decided to help her out…

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I guess it freaked out the chicken and she tried to get out of the snow as quick as she could…

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So we do have a few chickens who will risk frost bite to explore, but usually they go back in quickly and we usually don’t let them out to protect their feet, wattles, and crown. But when they have been cooped up for a day or two we open the door for them to be able to get out if they want as long as it isn’t too cold or windy. But usually only a couple take us up on it. So today while it is still overcast and windy; after this ice and snow they will stay in and stay warm.

What do you do with your chickens in the snow, bad winds, ice, etc.?

 

 

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