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…
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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…
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 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.
Yep! This Saturday we are getting our first chicken coop. The kids are super excited about the chickens, and I am too. The chicken coop has a glass floor. What? A glass floor? So, I am learning so much about country life…Why would you want a glass food? Well, it is easier to clean out the chicken coop. The one we purchased in big enough to walk into with no problems, and I don’t even have to walk inside to get the eggs. There is a latched box that holds the eggs. Yeah! I am so glad I don’t have to go into the coop and try to take the eggs away from the chickens. I am not sure if I am frightened about them flying around trying to peck me for the eggs or what it is. Well, it will all be unfolding soon. Once we get it all set up, I will post some photos.
Here we are at 178 days our family has been living in the country. To be more precise, living on the Central Coast. We just love it here. The kids love their schools, and are doing well in school. I have been managing all the property, and our little 42 acre plot is starting to take shape. We got rid of the fences, that did not fit what we are wanting to do with the land.
Now, we are at the planning stage of how each of the landscaping pieces are going to fit into the acreage. We are going to have bees, and chickens soon. Our chicken coop should arrive in a few days, and then we will order our chickens. Yes, I am still a little fearful of big hens, and any feathered creature flying around my head. My hope is that since I will know these creatures when they are young I will get over my Ornithophobia.
Now, since we finally growing I am going to be posting more about the ranch on “Terreni D’ Oro”, and more of my personal delights in life are going to be on my http://contessagrigia.com