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
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
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!
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.