The snow, ice, and cold are getting to me us. And sitting in Arizona with bright sunshine and green grass popping up in the ditches isn't helping any! I keep sitting here thinking that when I get home I'm going to go out and start digging and planting! And then I slowly come back to reality, the reality that there is 3 feet of snow coving my gardens right now... ugh! And I'm betting with this last storm that has rocked the nation, a good share of you feel the same way! We've all been stuck inside for way too
Can you believe it's November already? I am SO not ready for what is to come... I've been doing a lot of walking as of late, looking at our property, taking in the smells of fall, the crunching of leaves under foot, and enjoying simple outdoor pleasures while I have my chance. Yesterday was a beautiful day. Sadly I spent most of it running around town getting groceries, going to an eye appointment, picking up Rosie after having her water pump replaced and new steer tires put on, then finally dropping off my wagon
I have been meaning to post on this subject FOREVER, but as usual, life gets busy, and I forget. Since we were out cleaning the coop on Sunday, I finally thought to grab some pictures, so I could show off where the girls and boy live while it was fresh. Our coop is within our big barn, and there are two rooms for the girls to move around in and get away from each other especially in the winter when they could not care less to go out of doors. Notice we have a bench in the large area since this is one of both
I see life here on the farm at a week at a time, but those are always staggered by a week in Rosie, that takes me away from the action. The growing. The change. Just a few weeks ago they were babies. But then, after one week gone my babies look like mini full grown hens. I am in love with them all, but the Buff Orpingtons I just want to hug and squeeze since they are so fluffy and squeezy looking. Henrietta is another favorite of mine. I just love her colors, and I do believe the name fits her
So yesterday I decided the ducks & chicks had probably seen enough of their confined quarters so, between Hubs and I we brought them outside for an afternoon in the sunshine and grass. The chicks took to the outdoors like they had been there their whole short life. The ducks on the other hand weren't too sure, especially when our older girls came up to see what all the commotion was about. I wasn't sure how my girls would feel about the new babies, but they didn't seem to care one way or another. The chicks were
I'm happy to report that we have new additions to the farm! Since we are down to our 5 older girls and only an egg or two a week if we're lucky, Hubs and I thought it was time to add to the flock. We now have 2 Black Swedish ducks, 3 Buff Orpingtons, 2 Austalorps and 3 Barred Rock hens. I have been working with them since they got settled in and now have them eating out of my hand. The ducks actually will sit down in Hubs hand and eat without any worry at all. I usually let my animals actions name
http://youtu.be/-dXJ6TXwMgQ This is Henny Penny one of my oldest girls. While we were enjoying a beer she jumped up and helped herself to a few sips of Hubs drink. It didn't seem to go to her head, and we did not let her drive anywhere.
There are times, I get asked why I don't have any flowers in my planter on the deck. To which I have to answer, the girls have to take their daily dirt baths... Even though there are umpteen acres around here to take dirt baths on. And they are so good at sharing! And getting our deck full of dirt once they shake the dirt off... Hope everyone had a great weekend!
What a glorious day! Even if I woke up to rain spattering on my window, it was rain, not snow. And the Robins were singing their song, which sweetened the deal even more for me! My girls have been out. Not all of them today, actually I think I'm going to have to lock them out of the barn for a few hours tomorrow (especially the lazy ducks) so they learn that they have a job again and need to work just a bit on this farm. This is Red. She is from the first group of girls I ever purchased many, many years ago-like 6 or