Thursday, April 29, 2010

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Coyotes at 3 a.m.

Bryan and I awoke to the very loud yipping and barking of coyotes this morning at 3 a.m. It sounded like they were in the chicken house. Bryan jumped out of bed, threw on his sweats and grabbed his gun and out he went. Though by the time he did all this the pack was gone. Thankfully they did not get in the chicken house or the barn and all pets were present and accounted for this morning.
After the rude awakening, we decided to get a real start on the permanent electric fencing. Bryan began laying out the posts and running the wire. He now has 1/4 mile of wire run and will hopefully get more done if the rain holds off tomorrow.
In addition to the Serama eggs we got earlier in the week, we actually received 2 grown Serama's on Friday. Here 2 bits is facing off against Beetle, our Black Cochin. Both he and his hen Milly are fully grown.
Our 2 month old chicks did get out today, this is the second time they have been outside, and they seemed to enjoy it. I let a couple of the hens in with them to see how they would do, and it went well. Hopefully I will be able to integrate the 2 groups soon. We have Barred Plymouth Rocks and Silver Laced Wyandottes.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010


I am a little behind in posting, but Spring is here and RA is acting up, so time is not well spent. We finally had to pack up the bird feeders for the summer, the bears are officially awake. It appears that the mother and cubs are still passing through a few times a week. The date and time are not correct on the picture, this was taken last week. They weren't able to get the suet that night but came back a few nights later and it was eaten.
We did have some eggs arrive in the mail, we were given 7 Serama Chicken eggs, (I later broke one). They are now in the incubator, we shall see how they do. We will actually be getting 2 adult Serma's in the mail this week also. They are small chickens, very small chickens. My chicken house is getting over full.
I also found out that my 10 chicks from the local feed store should be in this weekend. Oh, what have I done.
I managed to get out and take pictures today of all the trees in bloom. I will sign off with some pictures.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Warmer days

This past week was nice, we are unseasonably warm and not complaining! We had a lovely visit from our Friend Eve and her daughter Sarah. We traveled together to China and have been friends ever since. The goats and dogs are getting on much better together, though the pups are really pushing to live with people. They are growing fast and thankfully no longer fit through the electric fencing.
I finally got one of the chicken tractors done, I like to call it the Frankenstein Chicken Tractor, it has me really re thinking the second one. The month old chicks did get outside for a little while but had to be put back in for the cold night. They are not fully feathered yet, so they have a couple more weeks of indoor confinement. It worked out well though, because we picked up a new rooster from the shepherdess who I got most of my goats from. We went to take a look at lambs and she offered a rooster as well. I have looking for a new rooster, it would appear that our rooster is a little to considerate to the hens. The goats are happy to be spending more time outside now as well. They almost have the routine down by now. I think the picture says it all.