Thursday, July 30, 2015

Monday, July 27, 2015

High on Creativity, Low on Studying


Summer is whizzing by and I'm still in school. After 4 years of Metro I am losing interest and starting to care less about studying. After all is said and done I'll probably never find a job anyway. So, with that in mind, I took the time yesterday to do some of the things I truly love to do. First on the agenda was this cake. I have made very conceivable lemon/blueberry combo out there. Yesterday was a lemon/blueberry cake with lemony cream cheese frosting....yes, it was deelish! The night before I finished knitting my striped cardigan. I'm not sure why, but this was not my favorite project. I'm glad I persisted and finished it though, because I think this will be a go-to sweater this winter. I blocked it in the morning and set it in the sun; it was dry in record time. Last night I sewed on the buttons. Bam! There you have it...it's done. I cast-on my Versio sweater in the evening, I'm using Habu's cotton paper. The cotton paper is very similar in texture to linen. It's a little tricky to knit with, but not as tricky as the silk wrapped steel. Oy, I'll never forget that stuff... I added two new chickens to the group last week. I now have 2, tiny, no bigger than a pigeon or a Scooby Snack, Bantams. They are distinctly different in personality from my other three. The brown speckled Bantam with feathery feet is Ugg, for obvious reasons, and the beige colored Bantam is Queenie, again, for obvious reasons. They are a squawky pair, making the saddest cry when they are separated from each other.Queenie is definitely the bossy one, hence the name. My original 3 are doing a pretty good job of accepting them, and each day there is less and less division. The Bantams prefer to roost in the "rafters" of the coop. I think they like being up high and in tight spots. Pearl has decided that the rafters are a cozy spot and has been joining them at night. Pip and Dixie prefer the roosts. We had a hawk visitor the other night, so I've been keeping a watchful eye when the chickens are roaming in the yard, although Pip spotted the hawk looooong before I did. It was a frantic moment in the coop when the hawk swooped over my head. Shear terror and panic ensued with the chickens. Pip's attempt at hiding under the coop ramp was pretty funny. She did her best to cram her tubby self underneath it, but really only managed to hide her head. Had they been out of the coop, they would have been dinner for the hawk, especially the "Scooby Snack" Bantams. The last picture is of Pearl, Pip, and Dixie taking there evening stroll near the back door. Every night, around the same time, they parade up the flagstone path and peck at the flowers. After 30 minutes or so they trek on back to the coop to roost. The Bantams tuck themselves in really early, long before the sun starts to set, so they don't join the trio on their walk.
I have to throw in the last picture of ChaCha's paw. Her life has been turned upside down since the chickens came. Can you sense the neediness?

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Chasing Baby Bunny

I think there is a possibility that the hens and bunny could be friends...eventually. The hens seem to be venturing farther and farther from the coop. The routine at night is always the same; right before they head in for the night, they come up the flagstone path toward the back door. Although they never go beyond the first step. They peck for a bit at the Russian Sage, and the lilies, then head home. They are funny little creatures.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

The Wobbly Jalopy...

Our Gracie Jeanette has been struggling since Henry died, today,she could struggle no more. Of all our dogs, she was the one who was never any trouble..... Here are a few pictures of our Geege. She loved food, walks, "screaming" when we got home, sleeping under our bed on a pillow, being tucked in on her pillow with a blanket, snacks, and just being a dog.... The last picture was taken probably a year ago, on the Wabash. It's my favorite picture of her; our Geege.

Friday, July 10, 2015

The Inside

I guess I never posted pictures of the coop's guts, so here they are! I especially love the guillotine style run door, it works super slick! The nesting boxes are loaded with fresh straw, but it will be a while before those freeloadin' hens start popping out eggs. At least the boxes will be all set for when they start producing. 
The higher roost is maybe a bit too high for my two smaller chickens. My larger hen, Pip, uses it quite a bit, but I still think she prefers the lower bar, mainly because the other two like it low.


Thursday, July 9, 2015

Chillaxin

Since they aren't laying eggs yet, they could at least be earning their keep by eating a few weeds, instead they are chillaxin in the fresh mulch and eating melons. Such is the life of a chicken.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Done!!

Well, the coop is done. It is so fantastic, I couldn't love it any more.... Den, you are the best. <3 if Cha-cha would quit being a turd, life would be a little better. I don't foresee chicken love in her future though. It's a good thing Dennis buried hardware cloth everywhere, because I've already found evidence of digging. 


Sunday, July 5, 2015

Happy 4th of July

We were invited to a 4th of July party near Glenwood. I only took a few pictures with my phone, but I took quite a few with my camera. I'll post the camera pics later, so in the meantime here is a quickie look at this cool farm. I'm so envious...

Another Side Shingled, and An Angry Jack Russell

Denny shingled another side of the coop and installed a tin roof over the run. While he was doing the hard stuff, I was "busy" making a little wreath for the coop door. Our neighbor, Chris, has gobs of grapevine growing willy-nilly, so I took advantage. 
Our big problem is Cha-cha. She has been a barking, whining, neurotic mess since the chicks went into the coop. The chicks have slept in their new, and very swanky digs, for two nights now. Cha-cha has been feverishly pacing the coop and sniffing under the coop door since they moved in. Ugh. It's getting old already, and she shows no sign of easing up. I can't help thinking of the old "land-shark" SNL skit when I see this picture. Candygram!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

The Little "Cluckers" Have Moved In, Well, Sorta

The run is 90% done, so we decided to move the chicks into just that part, because they really needed more room to roam. They have long ago outgrown their brooder, and besides that, they were stinking' up the house! Maybe within the next few days they can completely inhabit the entire coop. We celebrated the partial move-in with a big ole pile of mealworms and a slice of watermelon. Ack!


Door for the Run Installed, Demo Included.

It was a "geek out" moment.

Monday, June 29, 2015

First Outing

Here are the "Peckers" enjoying their first outside experience.

Are We There Yet? Almost.

We worked on constructing the run all day yesterday. Wrangling the wire was a total nightmare.  Not only are the edges dangerously sharp, but that shit is completely unwieldy. The next step is to construct a door to the run and little finishing bits on the inside. 
The chicks made their first outdide appearance yesterday. Gracie, being the old geezer dog with dementia, was completely unfazed by Pip standing on her head. She never even flinched. Cha-cha, on the other hand, was another story.