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Thursday, June 30, 2011

My Peeps

I've been absent for awhile, but I just couldn't tear myself away from the sunny skies, rocking on the swing, and enjoying my peeps! They are growing so fast, and the differences are noticeable every day. This little barred rock I call Matilda, (she loves to be cuddled!)
and this little silver laced wyandotte my niece named Olivia, seen at 2 weeks,
are now 5 weeks old.

My Golden Laced Wyandotte, yet to be named, at 2 weeks,
strutting her stuff at 5!

Gracie, the New Hampshire Red
is turning into a beauty, along with her rooster partner, George.
And remember Precious the Auracauna?
She's quite the head turner at 5 weeks!
Sweet little Bella, a Buff Orpington taking a nap at 2 weeks,
is a true "Bella the Ball!"
My niece has sworn she will make a movie and call it "Woman who Stares at Chickens", I swear that's about all I do!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

A River Runs Through It

Our property that is! This evening we had a terrible bout of bad weather come through our area, funnel clouds were spotted just a short distance from our home, large hail, and rain like I have never seen. The result was this.
Robin and the triplets waded through water up to their knees and calves.

Jacob is standing at the side of the drive way, this water ran right over and created a rapid on the other side.
Robyn is taking pictures also, this is between our yards.
And of course, a beautiful rainbow always greets at the end of a storm. This one was no exception!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Now for Something for Fun!!

This is so hilarious, I wouldn't believe it if I didn't see it for myself!


Sunday, June 12, 2011

New Digs

By Friday afternoon, my kids were finally able to move to their coop. Thank God, because my bathroom that morning smelled like a giant brooder! They're quite happy as you can see, and even today the difference in their size is quite noticeable!
Precious, looking at the camera, is very inquisitive, and always looking my way. She also likes to preen the other girls. She loves the top roost already, and spends much of her time perched high. So far, she has developed such a cute, entertaining personality!
They are all enjoying the roosts though, warming themselves under the heat lamp.
Sweet Bella, posing for a photo op!
I won't bore you with tons of pictures, just updates now and then on their growth and beauty as the mature. But, when that first egg is laid, watch out!!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

My Babies are Home!

This week, I spent at my brothers, and picked up my baby chickens! I started out in the fall saying I would get 6 chickens. Then, it went to 9. When we placed our order, I ordered 10. Well, today I came home with 13! Twelve pullets, (baby hens,) and one cockerel (baby rooster). They took the 3 1/2 hour trip very well. When I got home, I found the coop window not finished, and the electricity not run, which really put me in a bind! So where are my babies? In the bath tub!
I have six different breeds, this little girl is a Golden Lace Wyandotte.
This is Bella, a Buff Orpington, roosting on the side of the box, their temporary home.
This little one is a New Hampshire Red, and will be a beautiful red color when all her feathers are in. I also have the same breed for my rooster! He'll be quite stunning!
The chick with the mottled face is a Silver Lace Wyandotte, and the little black ones in front of her are Barred Rocks.
Meet Precious. She is an Aracauna, also known as the Easter Egg chicken, as her eggs will be different colors and look like they've been dyed. She was the first one that caught my eye with her red feathers down her head, and her big eyes that look like they have eye liner on them. Tomorrow they will be able to go in their coop, Ken was on my bad list when I got home and couldn't put them in as planned!
Another good note, tonight I got to talk to Toby without him running, and after sitting outside on a log for almost an hour, talking to him, he finally approached me an allowed me to pet him, all then time with his purr I have missed so much, and eventually, was able to pick him up. I tried bringing him in the house, but he got scared a bolted when we were almost to the door. But the first hurdle has been jumped, now I know he'll be back in soon!
Now to start catching up on all of your blogs, that I've missed over the past few days!
It's good to be home, though I'd still love to move up there!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

So, How Did Toby Do!

Wonderful!! The neuter was an instant and total success. No more spraying, no more howling all day and night, a total momma's boy, a perfect angel!
But!!
And a big one! Toby escaped. We couldn't figure how he got out of the house, til I found the bottom corner of the bathroom screen had come lose.
Now, he lives in the wood pile by my craft room window. He's scared to death of me, and went totally feral. You'd think he never had human contact. It breaks my heart, but he's totally content to be outside. All I can say is, at least he has his shots and has been neutered. Other than that, there's nothing else I can do, but love him from a distance.