Saturday, June 23, 2018

Long Time Coming!

It's been a long while since I've posted, actually years!  Well, I'm back with a whole new flock!  Pictures are coming soon!  None of the chickens that will be pictured are related to this flock.  The old ones are R.I.P and a new bunch has taken their place!

I lost my favorite rooster this past fall.  Spike was a Mille Fleur d'Uccle Bantam.  Many tears were shed for this little guy he was my everything!  I would love to get another one but I'm afraid that it would not be the same.

We do have some new chickens though, I ordered two Lavender Orpingtons which are just beautiful!
I also ordered two of my favorite breeds, a Silver Laced Wyandotte and a Golden Laced Wyandotte.  I named them Holly and Dolly. We did have a Chocolate Orpington but she passed away last week, she was a beautiful chicken!

I have babies out in my garage, I ordered Black Copper Marans, unfortunately, something got four of the nine. We have to reinforce the pen better so that doesn't happen again.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

The Coop

We have now had the boys for a little over a week, and they were not using the coop.  This totally frustrated me!!!!!  My hubby said that he has seen them in there but I didn't until yesterday!  I still don't think they are using it at night because I've gone out with a flashlight to check and they are no where to be found.  I guess I won't worry anymore seem to be able to take care of themselves through out the night.  Louie is still scared of me he sprints away when he sees me.

Blue on the other hand is warming up to me. I can get about 2 - 3 feet from him before he bolts.  I really think I can get him to come to me before the summer is over.  Louie, not so much.  He is so flighty.  I hate to tell them that they are going back when the weather turns cold I am NOT taking care of two coops in the winter!!!

Sunday, July 6, 2014

The Boys Are Home!

I got the coop done moved Louie and Blue to our house and they are doing fine.   I have one problem, they will not go in the coop they have been spending the night outside which worries me because they could get eaten by predators.  They have survived the past two nights and I'm hoping that we can get them to go into the coop tonight.  I can't believe they don't know how to walk up the ramp and go to bed at night!

We shall see how this goes....if they don't use the coop I might be forced to take them back and put them back in the mix and hope the pecking order is established with them on the bottom of the list, since they were the two bullies to begin with!  Only time will tell.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Finally Done With The Coop!

Finally I got the coop at work done!!!  I got the roost raised, the board in for pooping, and the sand on the floor!  Even got the nesting boxes put back in all clean and fresh, the only thing I have not done is get the curtains on the nesting boxes which will happen this weekend.  Now that it is getting hot out I will need to invest in a fan for the coop and make sure the chickens aren't over heating.  With the cool sand on the floor I think that they will be spending lots of time in the coop taking dust baths.....should be interesting to see what happens.  Now all I have to do is work on my own coop and finish it by the 4th of July so Louie and Blue can come home!

Hopefully they will like their new home especially the fact that they can free range!   Of course chickens are skiddish and will probably be nervous since it's a new environment for them.  Of course by the time late fall gets here it will be time to take them back to work and winter them there.  Should be lots of fun!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Homemade Orange Peel White Vinegar Cleaner

I found a cleaner for the coop and for the home over at Fresh Eggs Daily. Lisa is my go to source for all things chicken!  She has so much information on a variety of topics such as chicken, gardening, recipes and she also has her own shop at Etsy!

Here is Lisa's recipe:

Ingredients
Four oranges (or six limes, four lemons or two grapefruit or a mix)
Two cinnamon sticks
Two vanilla beans
 Bottle of white vinegar (or substitute inexpensive vodka)
Two canning jars
Spray bottle

I actually added whole cloves to my cleaner for the simple fact I love the smell of oranges and cloves!