Our First Trip Outside

Our First Trip Outside

Chickens, Our Homestead
I planted an entire 4'x16' bed of strawberries I got from my mother's neighbor who was clearing out his strawberry bed for the winter. They do multiply, "you only have to buy them once", my grandmother used to say. So while I was out there all afternoon, I thought it would be a good time to get them outside for some sunshine, get them out in the fresh air and let them stretch their wings. I wish I could have taken a better video, they hop and jump so fast and you never know what is going to get them going... it's hard to capture the moment. But they had so much fun and I had a blast watching them. I sat down for a break and just laughed my…
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The baby chicks get a new home

Chickens, Our Homestead
This will have to do for a bit. We're not making really great progress on the chicken coop. Red is still in the chicken run and I don't trust the dogs to leave him be. The babies are so small, they can escape through the chicken wire. I'm going to have to use smaller wire around the bottom so if we have baby chicks later, they will be safe and sound inside the run. Still in my small living room. Last time, in the spring, we only had five, this time, there are eleven. This is going to get old really fast. LOL! [caption id="attachment_2880" align="alignright" width="300"] box of chicks[/caption] The heat makes the smell stronger, faster. At least they are safe from the dogs and cat. Strider (the cat)…
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Time for new chicks!

Chickens, Our Homestead
Guess what my mother informed me she found while perusing my favorite ag store today? BABY CHICKENS! in the fall no less... I was really torn. Starting baby chicks in the fall... getting them grown up enough to face a cold surly winter. Should I? Mr. Red is so lonely... he needs some more of his own kind. What is a rooster, without hens? So, I go home, I research the city statutes that I had left the girls to do last time we bought chicks in the spring. Sure enough, they were right. We are allowed twelve birds. Only one can be a rooster... well, that is accomplished well enough, so I bought eleven chicks. Once again, hoping for the best. If you'll recall, that's what we thought we…
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Mooooooom! Can we get some baby chicks?

Mooooooom! Can we get some baby chicks?

Chickens
Okay. So I moved to town. I sold out... through no real choice of my own (long story) I moved from out in the country with five acres and a large home to a small town. Yes, we are large enough to have a 'Wal-Mart' and we recently even got our own Lowe's store... wow. But Atwoods is still my favorite hardware/garden parts/camping stuff/ all around urban homestead place to shop. And they also happen to be the only place in town that sells baby chicks in the spring. My daughter and her high school friends tagged along while I was shopping (yes, clothing store, around the corner from where I was headed). But somehow they ended up with me at Atwoods. And I took these girls shopping with me…
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