Saturday, July 31, 2010

All in one place finally....

No you aren't lost, I finally just merged both blogs.....and in the process added a slightly new look. Enjoy.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Enough with the rain already....

I am pretty sure the pics tell the story....That would be Jacob catching Bluegill minnows, and yes that's the driveway righ next to him there. The good news? The water table is being restocked...LOL

More Chickens????



The phone rang at about 8:30 am this morning to let my loving wife know she had a package at the post office. She knew what it was before she even answered as we were expecting some new arrivals. 26 baby chicks awaited her at the counter. I must say I am really happy with the "Chicken Coop Assortment" we ordered from Murray McMurray Hatchery. It is nice to see their service hasn't changed since I last ordered from them over 20 years ago. From the looks of the assortment we have quite a few bantams in the bunch, some Top Hats, and possible even an Old English Cornish. So now the garage has 51 chickens in it. There are the 3 week old "Drama Queen Chickens" or Cornish Rock Cross meat birds, which are drama queens by the way. They cheep at everything, they go crazy at feeding time, and when you change the water they act like it is the last water on earth. But man o man will they taste good in about 4 more weeks. Then there are the 26 new chicks. They are already establishing a pecking order, and yes the boys have had them in the house as well already..... So Chicken time continues. I will say I am going to have some Super Compost come fall though, and a freezer full of chicken, as well as fresh eggs. Heres a Pic of the 3 week old Drama queens:

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Hopeless....

I am, that is. I went to the library tonight and what do I check out? A new Best selling thriller? A Mystery? A good history book? No, I check out exactly 4 books. Storey's Guide To Raising Rabbits, Storey's Guide To Raising Chickens, Raising Chickens, and Back to Basics. 
Now it's not that I don't know how to raise rabbits or even chickens for that matter, heck I have done it for most of my life. But, I am always looking to learn new things, ideas, tips, tricks, as well as different feed mixtures, housing ideas and record keeping. I have read both of the Storey guides in the past and they are phenomonal books. I am having some issues with a non breeding Clifornian Doe (rabbit), so I figured there will be something in that book to help her and my male rabbit out; he really is trying, she just won't cooperate. LOL...I am not gonna say it...lol.
 As far as the chicken books I figured a quick refresher wouldn't be a bad idea. The Back To Basics book is also awesome. Everything from site planning for a country homestead to candle and soap making, to raising and butchering livestock to...well you get the idea. Just a really good all around country living book.
So, I have to admit I am hopeless. I find myself thinking more and more of how I can make a really good living out in the country. I find myself debating going back to school for something Agriculture related, or even maybe for Vet Technician. I don't know. Am I crazy? Nahh, just in love with country living and country life. I love taking time out of chores to find the tree frog that is croaking in the garage or chicken coop. Of watching my boys land fat bluegills from the pond, or watching the night sky from around the campfire. Hell, I even enjoy shoveling poo and cleaning rabbit cages. And to think, when I was a kid on the farm, I didn't even know just how good I had it......God Bless!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

The chicks have arrived....

I know, I know, I should really be posting pics, but that will not happen, and this is why. If I take pictures, then someone out there will use the word "cute" (which they are) and then I will probably feel guilty about eating them (Which I will not). The growth in 2 days has been nothing short of amazing. The white wing feathers are coming in, and the little guys and gals eat like crazy. The boys have been doing a fantastic job of cleaning the make shift brooder, feeding them, and keeping fresh water available. This weekend we hope to finish the new improved coop, and run, so we can at least get the laying hens in. I still have to get some wood for nest boxes, but all in do time. It is also time for Jersey Woolie, as well as the Californian to be bred again, which should provide some money or more chickens and of course some meat for the freezer. Be good to one another!!!