The date had us fooled. We thought it was the end of March. We thought it was time to plant peas and work on my new herb garden. Our friend thought it was a great day to come over and help put in our chicken door and fencing. But, in reality we got snow. More snow than we have gotten in the three and a half years we have lived here. Surprise! We got more than a foot!
This is Eleanor – so far I can tell the difference between her and Abigail and no others. Anyway, Eleanor is the scruffiest looking Americauna that I have. Isn’t she sweet though? She certainly cheeps loudly when she’s alarmed! They are growing. I thought I couldn’t tell because I pay attention to them so often throughout the day. But, today when we got home from church, I could definitely tell they have grown in the 4 days we have had them.
These are my raised beds. I resurrected them from a few years ago. I retightened all screws so they are ready to go. I am trying to contain myself this year. We’ll see… I have these two – another that is already in the garden saving the few bulbs of garlic I planted in the fall and a half one that has my strawberries. I am also building a permanent herb garden around the sawed off trunk of an old tree so if I can manage all that, I will feel very accomplishful! (I know it’s not a real word but you know what I mean!)
Our friends Kim and Midge went to Cackle Hatchery today and got our babies. Aren’t they cute? They arrived in what amounts to a shoebox with air holes. Inside there is a heating pad, a pad that simulates hay, a little green block of what is called solid h2o and baby chickens. In our case, there are 10 of them. They make the sweetest peeping sound! We set up their new home – a large orange plastic container, a heating lamp, a mason jar waterer, the hay pad and the warmer all settled nicely on some paper towels.
This was my Christmas present from my wonderful husband who has had to listen to me lust after my own chicken flock for three years now. I have read books and articles. I have looked at other people’s flocks, I have talked to friends with chickens. In short, I have been a bit obsessed about getting chickens. So – with a little push, disguised as a Christmas present, I am going to do this!