Hens and Hay

We put new hay in the coop the other day…

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Our girls go crazy for new hay in their coop…

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This white one kept looking at me like “thanks lady for the hay”…

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I sat down in the hay with them for a while…

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Some of them dig down though the hay and all you see is tails in the air 😉

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This was also a first for the adolescents and babies and they seemed to just enjoy it as well.

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It was a fun and entertaining time in the coop.

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And it didn’t hurt it increased our egg production a little. Happy hens= Happy eggs 🙂

 

 

 

 

So humid… animals not happy… people not happy either

The last 3 days it has been so humid that when I go out to take care of the animal or work in the garden I come back in looking like I just stepped out of the shower.

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The chickens are lazy and not laying eggs much. The dogs are lazy inside… Not the dog days of summer because the dogs don’t like the humidity either 😉 But on the up side if the weather man is actually right for once then it should be cooling off (a little) next week. If your in this heat and humidity I hope you are finding ways to keep you and your animals cool. (Quick idea: chickens and dogs love cantaloupe and watermelon 😉 )

Then and Now

I thought I would share the photos of the two new sets of birds we got this year. I have been looking back at them over the last few months.

Remember these 4?

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Then they grew some…

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This is them now 🙂

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All incorporated into the big flock. They are still learning the ropes and finding their place, but they have been out for the last 2-3 weeks now full time with the big girls. 🙂

Remember these babies? We seemed to have just got them (we got 8 and lost the one)…

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They started to grow and explore…

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They started to get out some…

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They are now getting out most days when it is nice weather to hang out…

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It is one reason we get spring birds is to get them out sooner and get them used to being near the big flock. Lets just hope when these join the big flock they will do well. Have a blessed week!

Happy Memorial Day 2017!

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Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering the people who died while serving in the country’s armed forces.The holiday, which is currently observed every year on the last Monday of May, was held on May 30 from 1868-1971. It marks the start of the unofficial summer vacation season, while Labor Day marks its end. Many people visit cemeteries and memorials, particularly to honor those who have died in military service. Many volunteers place an American flag on each grave in national cemeteries. Memorial Day is not to be confused with Veterans Day; Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving, while Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans. (info from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Memorial_Day)  

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Today hubby had to work this morning so I worked around the house, got the 2+ month old now chicks out into their outside pen for some fresh air, and did a few things around the house. My boys were on the porch watching me work and usually sleeping…

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Once hubby got home we did some more work in the yard, grilled out a late lunch, and are going for a lovely drive later with the boys. Its so lovely here today 🙂

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Our gratitude to those families who have lost loved ones in the line of duty. To all: I hope you and your families are having a pleasant and beautiful day!

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 🙂

 

 

 

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?

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.

Fall brings Thankfulness

We have one tree out by the road that always is so pretty when it changes colors. We love this tree as it signals fall and is just pretty to look at.

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It also reminds me that Thanksgiving is on it’s way and it helps me to remember what I am thankful for.

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Even when it seems thing aren’t going your way, things could always be worse and there is always something to be thankful for.

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My boys are ready and waiting for Thanksgiving. They tried on their bandanas and have picked out a prime spot to watch the family eat.

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The boys are just two of the many things I am thankful for this Thanksgiving. Hope you are going to have a happy and blessed Thanksgiving, no matter what your plans are.

Wish… Deferred?

Have you ever had a wish or do you have a wish… a wish that is so deep down in your heart that you are afraid to say it out loud? A wish that you have wanted so bad and long that you stop saying it out loud and keep it buried inside. Something you have prayed for and hoped for that it seems impossible at times, but others times the hope pops up when you least expect it.

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I have had a couple wishes like this and for a long time I moved between thinking I should give up and then times I know God can provide. Recently I have come upon the idea of thinking of these secret hopes and dreams as delayed. God can provide our hopes and dream when they are in line with his plan for our lives, even when they seem impossible… but sometimes I have figured out in the mean time there are things I can do to prepare or to improve during periods of wait.

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Many times we may think of our unanswered dreams as a yes or no thing… but there is the “wait” option. And during the waiting time we can improve ourselves, our lives, our perspectives, our families, our faith. Its not always easy or fun, but it is possible and often it helps to have purpose during times of wait. It also may be just what we need to be doing to be our best when our dreams do come 🙂 Do you have secret hopes in your heart? How do you cope during periods of wait?

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