Chase and Chicks

The baby chicks went out to play again today as it was warm and nice enough. Chase came out too as he has been really good with them inside, so we watched him around them outdoors. He is used to baby chicks as this isn’t our first rodeo with chicks, but we always watch the boys with them anyways.

Today Chase showed he is the protector of them as he is of the other girls.

At first the chicks weren’t sure of this big creature walking around them. But soon made friends with Chase and used him for a little cover…

Chase was very protective of them even when they went near hubby, he was still right there watching them.

It was a cute site to behold and the baby’s had so much fun outside you could tell.

But eventually they got a little chilly so it was back inside to get warm under the heat lamp and take a nap.

Snow Dogs on the Hunt

Our boys love to play in the snow especially when you are out with them. They love to run in any wide open space and find new places to explore.

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Our Chase is pretty intrigued when he is around any barn and is always trying to sniff out the critters. He is usually on high alert during these times not wanting to miss a thing.

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The have enjoyed the snow now that it isn’t so cold and windy, yet now the snow is almost gone and the grass is showing, so there probably won’t be much snow for them to play in tomorrow. That’s okay because warmer weather means more hiking and walking on trails. Do you have any favorite trails or hiking spots near you that you or you and your pups like to go?

Garden time… almost

This past week hubby and I were pretty busy. Hubby has been working for weeks to chop up a big tree we cut down for fire wood. We are trying to clean up the yard, get things shaped up in the chicken coop, planted a few flowers that have needed to be put in the ground for a while, and tilled the garden.

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The chickens have been kept out of the garden all winter and they were anxious to get in and peck around.

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They seemed to have a blast digging in the newly tilled dirt…

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And they helped me by turning and moving the dirt all around…Plus it is a hoot and a half to watch them freak out over the new space…

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Baxter wasn’t too impressed as he just laid around, half watching the chickens freak out, and mostly sleeping in the warm sun. (It was nice that day.)

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I can’t wait to put seeds into the ground and see them come up. Until then there is hay on the garden to keep the weeds from coming back that I worked so hard to pull and “weed out” 😉 . Hope you have a great weekend!

Time for Snow Fun…

Good morning…. Chase is ready for more snow fun today. He can’t wait to be out again today playing and having fun.

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(Who can resist this face that says “mommy let me play in the snow”) The plan is to finish inside chores and in between take snow breaks to let him run about and play. I am sure Baxter will join him some of the time. Today should be full of snow adventures.

First Snow…

We had our first snow… it was so pretty.

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It started last night and went through early this morning.

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After work today I took the boys out to play and enjoy the snow.

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Baxter has new boots as he is getting older and he gets colder quicker then he used to. At first he wasn’t sure of them, but then he got used to traipsing about with them on.

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Chase is a big lover of snow and he loves to race about and see how fast he can go then stop quickly and turn to race the other way.

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I love to take the boys out and let them play. They are now resting and recharging for more play time in the snow tomorrow.

Twas the day before Christmas…Christmas Eve

Twas the day before Christmas my parents had arrived and we were busy baking, cooking, playing games, listening to Christmas music, and doing all sorts of Christmas activities. The boys were under our feet much of the day, but at one moment I noticed they weren’t.

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I guess they decided to go wait for Santa… I probably should tell them that Santa comes down the chimney not though the front door on Christmas Eve 😉  

Belated Labor Day…

Sorry this post is late USA, but I spent my Labor day with hubby and the boys hiking and spending good quality time together…

Boy are way in the distance running up under that big tree in the middle of the picture.

Boys are way in the distance running up under that big tree in the middle of the picture.

We had one of the best hikes we have had had in a while. Beautiful scenery, not too hard of a hike where we couldn’t talk and enjoy the scenery, but hard enough we got a decent work out. The dogs had a great time and when we stopped to rest they couldn’t stop smiling.

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It was a fun and blessed Labor Day… so for give my lateness… Happy Labor Day!

Snow Dogs

Our boys love the snow. Especially Chase… Chase would stay out in the snow with us as long as we would let him. But usually we make him go in every so often as his poor paws gets caked with snow so we make him go in to warm up. In the 3 feet of snow we had a couple weeks ago it was a constant fight to make sure he had areas to go out and walk/run in when we went out to check on the chickens.

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As the snow was going down and we were going outside more we dug more and more paths for the boys to go down and have places to move and roam.

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Chase being a bit of an explorer kept trying to go over the snow and make his own paths…

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It didn’t always work out for him as he would get a little ways, sink into the snow, and sometimes get stuck…

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Then he would come back onto the paths with his big brother…

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And run to catch up with him…

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Who was happy to stay on the paths…

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Any they would keep wandering down another path.

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They are so cute together and good brothers 🙂

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.?

 

 

Beauty Filled Day

Our little piece of God’s land had some nice weather today and earlier this week. It was nice enough that the dogs laid in the yard and not in the shade of the porch.

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Baxter kept trying not to look at me when I was walking around checking on the chickens and snapping shots of him.

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He used to pose for me, but anymore he seems to just tolerate my photo obsession. some days though he will still pose and look handsome for me 😉

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Usually Chase helps me with the chickens, but today Baxter watched them for me while I checked out their coop and collected eggs.

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I am going back to work Monday after almost three months off after my surgery and complications. I have mixed feeling because I have loved being home and being a homemaker. Everything is so organized and clean, just the way I like it. But I know I have to go back 😦 Maybe some day God will bless us with a baby and I can stay home with them.

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But until then my boys are my babies and I love them 🙂

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