Every evening right before the sunset the roosters and hens are aroused by the smell of jasmine in the air. They remind me of “West Side Story” they are either going to be lovers or fighters. These two want to tango…
I know you all know the story of the train that could, but the rooster belongs to us. Our little rooster is a bantam. That last couple of mornings he has crowed. Oh, it is so cute! Just this evening after my husband came home, he was telling me he saw the little rooster crow. Then my husband started crowing like a rooster. All the sudden the little guy stood on a rock, and took a deep breath, stretched out his neck and crowed in front of us. We laughed so hard because we could see how much he was pushing himself. Here is our rooster…
Our big baby dogs Cane Corso (Italian Mastiffs) love to play. A few weeks ago, as I was outside taking care of the other animals…the girls tore up their pillows. Usually, one of them rips a cushion, and then there is one cushion for the two of them. Instead of going out to purchase yet another cushion there are usually a couple of weeks between the one destroyed and a new one. Here is the guilty party walking away from questioning about the pillow.
Here is an update of how our chickens are growing.
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.
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.
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.
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…
We got a new sidewalk. A meandering walkway to allow access to cars.
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.
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.