Tuesday, April 16, 2013

A Morning on the Farm

I woke up to the strangest chicken noises in the backyard, it almost sounded as if they were trying to form a quartet in the coop. All I could picture was our three Peppered Chicken Sisters, sitting on their roost in a line each singing a different note, "BOOOp", "Baaap", "BOPE"... continually, with someone else, probably Puff, in the background making a beat with his constant clucking.

Puzzled but not alarmed, I walked to the bathroom, almost stepping in what I immediately concluded to be chick poop. And there was Egor, our little hunchback chick, who could only run in circles to the right as I tried to catch him, because of his disfigurement. I picked him up scolding him, as I walked him to the brooder (which is in our living room). Placing him in the brooder I noticed only four chicks, and the brooder light out. What? I looked up.

All I saw was chickens, miniature chickens, all over my living room walking on the rug, peeping on the tile by the sliding glass door, sitting on my coffee table.

I yelled to Jamie, "WE'RE HAVING A CHICKEN EMERGENCY!"

I spent the next fifteen minutes catching/finding the chicks scattered around the downstairs as Jamie cleaned up the chick poo in the bathroom and got himself ready. Counted the chickens, we were missing a few. I quickly made Hubby his lunch as he searched and found the missing banty sleeping in a shoe. I sent him off with a kiss, then spent the next 45 minutes hunting around for more chicks and droplets of chick poo, cleaning them up. I changed the brooder light and counted them....13... I know we either had 14 or 15.

I then woke up my nature girl, who I knew could help me, she who is normally not an early or sunshiny riser, was very compliant. She quickly determined the little salt and pepper chick was definitely missing.
We hunted around and even prayed for the little thing. Nature Girl finally found it in big brother's room. She asked me, "next time we have a chicken emergency -- please wake her up right away next time, because she is an expert chicken catcher and finder".

So now there are 14 found chicks, I hope that's all we have, I wish I could remember.


Update:
Two days later,  our fifteenth chick was found alive and happy to be rescued. The kids heard the chirping coming from behind the couch. So we did have fifteen.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Late Winter Update

So here are some things we've been up to lately.... As we wait for spring to finally come our way.
 
Little G found my button box. Its always hours of fun when its out, the boys like to drag magnets through it and pick up all the metal buttons, the girls like to find pretty colors. She spent a few days sewing buttons on socks and stuffed animals. Little Buddy's bear previously known as Bub the Bear is now known as Buttons the Bear.


After a year and a half with my wood cook stove I finally made
my first successful loaf that wasn't burned.
I had to take a picture.
 
 
 
I love this girl's style
 





Little Buddy has been wanting to cut and glue everything lately. I am constantly picking up little bits of paper and the scissors are all missing, all the time.
 




   
A fairy house
He loves these shape blocks



We tapped our Maples for the first time in 6 or more years. We loved it, it really became a family event too. March usually drags on as we wait for spring but this year it passed by rather quickly as we got out daily to trudge in the snow, breath the cool air, collecting gallons and gallons of sap.
Its truly amazing to see the sap flowing like a springs coming from the trees.
 
The trees of the Lord are full of sap. Psalm 104:16









All in all we made about 3 gallons of syrup! I am blessed. We could actually still be collecting with the weather being so cold every night but we are sapped out! 
 
Making maple snow candy
enjoying the snow candy!
 
Our little hen, Omelet, got herself a little clutch of eggs and has been diligently brooding. Unfortunately, some weren't fertile so they were removed, one got crushed, one must have been tucked under a wing and accidentally dropped in the snow, and yesterday a nasty old crow came by and attacked her and her nest. She only has one sad little egg left. I hope it hatches for her.

 
We also had eggs incubating inside during the month of March so between turning eggs 3 times a day and collecting sap we were very busy indeed. A week ago we had 21 fluffy little chicks hatch for us.
We sold one and a few died, we now have 17.
 

 
Getting to name them is the best part;  Chipidee, Motor, Rocket, Esmerelda, Dandelion, Basil, Rusty, Fluff, Puff and Fuff, Oscar, Princess, Mint, Brownie, Yellow, Stripe and Egor.


 
Egg coloring for Easter, one of the favorite holiday events of the year.
 
 
 
 
 
Now I know despite the cold weather --Spring is on its way our pussy willow tree is blooming!
 
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