Celebration Day After…

Hope you had a blessed and beautiful 4th of July or if your not in the US celebrating… We still hope you had a beautiful day! The chickens, dogs, and cat (from the safety behind our screen door) even had a nice day.

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The sunshine was nice and watching fireworks after dark on TV was relaxing and there was no traffic to deal with afterwards 😉 My kind of fireworks event 🙂

Middle 4 Chickens…

So in my last post I said I would tell you about our rooster… that we didn’t know and wasn’t supposed to be  a rooster. So our friends got us 4 chicks with their chicken order.

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They were supposed to be pullets. Well about a week or more ago now we were out in my garden trying to get it ready to plant. We herd a strange noise coming from the basement where we keep the girls. Hubby went in to investigate and no noise. He was coming outside again and there was the noise again. So back down he went and then I herd…. um honey I think we have a rooster! I about fell down… we have raised quite a few chickens and never got a rooster. But I guess there is a first time for everything.

Adolescent chicks

Rooster is on the right with the red crown.

 

So yes we have a rooster and his crow has gone from a sick sounding curdle to an actual small crow. We aren’t sure if we will keep him, but he is a handsome boy and so far not aggressive. And here he is…

Rooster

And he used to look like this when we thought he was a she… we used to call him diva because he liked to primp in front of the mirror but that’s when he was thought to be a she… 😉

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The weather is breaking some, so on the nice days we have been able to get the girls and guy out to play outside.

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They enjoyed being outside and on Memorial Day were outside most of the day in the warm sun. We made them a longer run to be in until we can incorporate them in with the big girls. So far the big girls check them out across the yard on occasion and these 4 check them out back, but they are still a distance away.

Adolescents

As they get bigger we will move them closer to the big girls until they are side by side with a fence in between.

4 adolescents

So with the new babies we have 15 big girls, 4 (as we call them) adolescents (they are 2 1/2 months old+ now), and 7 babies. So 25 total gals and one rooster. With 10 total breads. Its getting exciting here on our homestead. Chickens laying and other growing, garden in, herbs growing, etc. Busy and exciting time 🙂

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!

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!

Chase Swims

We are well into summer and since I’m feeling better from my recent surgery the doctor said I can try to get back into shape by waking some.  On a recent walk hubby and I took Chase to a park where he can swim.

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Now Baxter will have nothing to do with swimming so he just stood by and watched.  But our boy Chase had a grand time being back in the water.

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Hope your having a great summer. 

The chicken or the egg

While collecting eggs yesterday my husband found some weird ones in the nests. They were not very big and they were totally soft. Now we give our girls oyster shells they can eat as they want so we knew that was not the issue, so I went to look in the recent Chicken magazine by Hobby Farms as they just had something on this. The article said it could be numerous things like lack of calcium but it says this is cured by the oyster shells), it could be from newly laying hens (possibility), they said old hens do this also (we only have young hens), or it could have happened while the chicken was laying and got scared by a loud noise or other disturbance (possibility). So we had 2 of these and figure it may have happened before as we have found remnants of egg in the box with no distinct shell pieces. We are going to keep an eye out on this. If any of you have any ideas please share.

In better news today is a nicer day out.

The chickens are sure enjoying foraging after the rain…

The dogs are loving the nicer weather to play outside in.

 

Ten Things Tuesday… Ten Reasons I Love My Dogs

So I decided I wanted to set aside a day to be grateful and look at my blessings. So while I can Tuesdays will be Ten Things Tuesdays…

Today I will go over… Ten Things I Love about My Dogs

10. They are smart.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9. They humor me dressing them up.

 

 

 

 

 

8. They know when you need them and are always there for you.

7. They are funny to watch run and play.

 

 

 

 

 

6. They are good with kids.

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. They are protective.

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. They are good company.

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. They keep me active and love the outdoors as much as I do.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2.  They always greet me when I get home at the door with kisses and smiles.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1. All the Love

Shaping up…

It’s shaping up to be the first HOT day of the year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The chickens are getting ready by keeping hydrated…

 

 

 

 

 

 

The dogs are enjoying what is left of the cool grass…

Baxter in the grass, my dad in the background behind one of the new (well old) tractors.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My husband and I are off to run errands. I thought I would leave you today with a couple of pictures of the tractors my husband bought over the weekend (see yesterdays post https://seasonsgirl.wordpress.com/2012/04/15/look-what-my-h…d-brought-home/).

Look what my husband brought home…

You will never guess what my husband brought home from the yard sale’s this weekend… We have never spent this much at a yard sale before…

Are you ready for this?

Three Farmall Tractors...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It appears he got a good deal and he and my Dad had decided to use them as projects they can do together. Any one want to buy a tractor??? They all run and start. The smallest is a Farmall Cub and has a woods mower on the bottom. We spent the afternoon mowing the back yard with the Cub, I am pretty sure my hubby and Dad want to keep this one.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The dogs had a grand day as they got to ride to help us pick them up. The Farmall H (the biggest one) I had to drive back home from the guy hubby bought them from, while my Dad brought the other two home on a trailer I loaded them on to. The dogs ran all around the yard and made themselves tired.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So after Chase took a rest he spotted something and took off after it…

A fox in the field...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I didn’t know if I should call him back or let him give that fox a message our hens are not for his dinner…

At this time our chickens were enjoying a nice snack of grain in their coop oblivious of their protector Chase going after that fox...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We got him back, but not until after he had scared the fox off…

The sun set just as we got done with things and it was another beautiful one 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hope y’all had a great weekend. Have a blessed week 🙂