So, the sad news we came home to last week was that one of our chickens didn't make it through the summer. Unfortunately, the coop they boarded in while we were gone didn't have a roof, and we hadn't clipped our chickens' wings. One of them flew the coop, and was never seen again. RIP Sammy.
The happier news is that the other three are all in good health, and began to lay eggs! The family presented us with our chickens' very first egg (carefully blown and preserved) and my daughter has placed it in a handmade felted "nest" on our mantlepiece. Each chicken is currently laying an egg per day, usually between 8 am and noon. My daughter loves to hunt for them in their pen and brings them in daily. We are all very impressed with our chickens.
In other good news, we're feasting almost daily one salads from our garden, peas galore, and I'm waiting for one strange squash to ripen enough to pick. (If only I knew what it was, and when to pick it!)
In very exciting news, my brussels sprounts plants have survived, and I believe I'll actually get to eat brussels sprouts later…
A couple of days ago I posted about our new chicken coop/run attached to our small shed out back. Since he was working on the building already - jacking it up and installing the coop and run - my husband decided to go ahead and just turn the rest of the shed into a greenhouse/potting shed while he was at it.
He took off all the wood along one wall, and voila! - an old set of windows we've been holding onto for about six years miraculously fit perfectly. Well, almost perfectly. Since the shed itself isn't exactly "square" anymore, the windows don't line up perfectly, either, but that's okay. The first of several greenhouses and cold frames we've planned, it's great to open up the space to put our tomato plants. Terrace can be a cloudy, raining place at times, and tomatoes here need a boost of heat that only a greenhouse can give.
There's hope for tomatoes this summer, yet. We had a number of cherry tomato plants growing already. For father's day I got hubby a beefsteak one. We'll see what we get...
We finally finished the chickens' coop and run. It's embarrassing how long it took to get that done, and even more embarrassing to admit how long our poor chickens lived in a cardboard box in my office!
But they're happy now, and I'm happy they're out of here. Don't get me wrong - I love my chickens, but the smell was getting a little intense! After much (much!) debate, we decided to hang our run off the back of the smaller two outbuildings that came with this house. That meant my husband had to haul out all the wood we'd been storing in there, and he figured as long as he was cutting holes in the walls, he might as well do a complete reno on the shed.
First he had to jack it up and level the building. Next he installed the "coop" part of the chicken coop inside the building and made a door to the outside. (I need to go back and get more photos, I'm realizing). We can shut this door up tight for nighttimes, then open it up again in the morning. The door opens down and acts like a ramp for the chickens to…
We finally got our baby chicks today! They are camped out in my office, which is now well over 80 degrees. I’m sweating, but they love it. They were exhausted when we brought them in, and kept falling asleep. Just like human infants, they get tired to the point where they can’t fight it anymore, and they sag…until they’re conked out.
I’m just learning to make movies with my ipad, so this one’s super-short!
Tell me what you think – what else would you like to know about or see. I’ve taken a ton of pictures, too, and will continue to do so each day so we can all watch them grow together.
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