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Farm Life

The ducks and chicks are keeping me pretty busy. The ducks, well, there is no easy way to say this…they stink. Every couple of days we have to change their bedding. They gobble down the water, and I think they spit it at each other when I am not looking. The chickens are not as stinky, and we do change their bedding once a week. We have clipped the wings of the first batch, and we are going to YOUTube the next batch that we clip. The dicks are super high maintenance too. WOW! I have to give them fresh water every couple of hours. They look so cute as they cuddle up to each other when I go change their water too. I will have to get some photos. Every time I go out there to “just take photos” I have something else I have to do for them. UGH! The person that said “Farm life is relaxing.” did not farm.

 

Terreni D' Oro Chickens

Terreni D’ Oro Chickens

We also have been changing the chicken coop area. The chickens are not big enough to stay in their house just yet, so they stay in the garage…ya know, like all businesses start in a garage our little farm is starting in the garage too. We have added posts, or I should say my husband and the children did all the work for adding the posts around the chicken area. We also added some bushes, and trees so the chickens would have areas to look for insects. We want our chickens to be happy California chickens. I went to Lowes, and got a cute arch to add to the chicken area. We will put the arch where the wisteria is, and allow the wisteria to grow up and around the arch. The wisteria reminds me of Piedmont, California. Piedmont, is where we spent many years up north. I hope to post a little more often now that life is a little more organized, and I am back on a schedule.

Rockridge Chickens at Terreni D' Oro

Rockridge Chickens at Terreni D’ Oro

Growing Chicks

It has been a week since we purchased our chicks. I can’t believe how much they are growing. I check on them several times a day. Make sure they have fresh water, and they have fresh food. I really am not a bird person, but I really like the chickens. We will see how I fair once they try to fly around me. I want to show you how much they have grown.

Sleeping chicks

Sleeping chicks

Chickens Are Here

February 26th we bought 10 chickens. The next day I left for a trip to San Diego for a blogging conference. While I was gone, my family went out and purchased 10 more chickens for a total of 20 chickens. My husband confessed that he has some more on order…Baby chick

New Sidewalk

New Sidewalk

We got a new sidewalk. A meandering walkway to allow access to cars.

Coming Together

We have the three chick coops in place. The 26th is when our local farm stores will have some baby chicks. We have also ordered our worms for composting, the first batch baked. :( We also have bees that will be here soon. The bee box will be here first, and we have a little home for it. Since it needs the right combination of warmth and shade.

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Chicken Neighborhood

So, we got our other two chicken coops. Now, we have a total of three chicken coops. We could have a total of 24 chickens with these three coops. We want the chickens to be comfortable. Next up, is making the little neighborhood for the chickens. We are going to fence the area in, and allow the gate to be opened for them to bust out of the hood to visit other areas.

When we went to pick up the chicken coops we took our trailer to slide both of them in, but they wouldn’t fit. We had to pick them up one at a time. Since we are all OCD, they are all lined up, and ready to put in a more permanent location.

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Cloud Porn

Today we had a little bit of rain. The aftereffect of the rain was the beautiful clouds throughout the day on the ranch…

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Piggies

Today, I finally saw the illusive pigs that people talk about here in the country. I was driving on the beautiful curvy road, and right on the hill by one of my favorite homes there was a HUGE black pig. As I was taking in the experience, and feeling proud of my little country moment there were three more pigs in the road right in front of me. OMG! I was so excited!!! One little ruby pig kept running his little heart out, and would leap into the fence, then bounce right off the fence. I am sorry, but I thought it was funny. I could not wait to tell another person that I saw the pigs. I tweeted about the experience, since I did not see any people for a while.

I did get to share my experience with the family at dinner time this evening. I can’t help it…it was exciting to see piggies in the road. LOL!

Ranch Work

We have been working hard here on the ranch. There are always lots of jobs. I recently purchased some chimes for the trees around the house. I just had to have something new in the yard. I even bought some “kinetic sculptures” for the yard. Mind you, we have no grass, we are waiting for the landscape designer to start his work. That will all begin on Monday. My husband has been hard at work making the driveway turn circle. He has also plowed the 42 acres. We have taken up all the old fencing too. Like I said…We always have stuff to do.

We are so excited about the pipes going in, this means that I get to have the fountain that I have been wanting so bad. It will look so nice in the front. I will have to take some photos this weekend.

Alright, I got to get my calendar in order. How is your new year?

Country Problems

Today, as my daughter and I were coming home we saw two little dachshunds coming down the mountain. We stopped, and the next several cars behind us stopped. Two girls grabbed the little brown one, but the little black one with a collar and shiny tag ran down the hillside. We tried to catch the the dog, but could not get to it. It is a pretty steep hill. By the time the black dog disappeared there were at least 5 other cars full of people that had stopped to help us find the little thing. 

Every single car that came by us stopped to see if we were ok, and asked if there was anything they could do to help. The girls that caught the brown dog kept him with them. My daughter and I went to the near by ranches to tell them to watch out for a small dog just in case it came to their house. None of the ranches had anyone home, or at least if they were on the property they were not at their main house. 

Once we got home we told our neighbor the story so she could call any neighbors that might know who the small dogs belong to in the area. My hope is the poor thing can hide from the wild animals, and find a home that can help. 

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