Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Friends of a feather flock together

Look who came to visit us recently?!

Yup! This Mama turkey and her babies came to visit our chicken flock!
They must have sensed that Kevin keeps cracked corn in the garage! Aha!
Too funny! Before you know it, we'll have every animal in the world in our
backyard...we are pretty close already!


Thursday, August 13, 2009

SmartKnitKids Back to School Contest!

SmartKnitKids sells these really awesome seamless socks!
I will surely have to get some for the kiddies!

Right now, SmartKnitKids is having a back-to-school contest!
Check it out here:

Eggs ! Eggs ! Eggs !

Yesterday, I came home after work, nothing out of the ordinary....
Kevin came home about 10 minutes after...he gets out of the car and proceeds straight to the back of the house, to tend to the chickens.
While I am trying to put the kids' shoes on, I hear Kevin calling my name. I say: "What?", but don't hear a reply.
Finally, I let the kids go outside, and step out onto the deck. Kevin comes out of the coop with THREE eggs in his hands!!! Three small, brown, perfect eggs! hahaha! He says he found them behind the "nesting boxes".
It is a RED LETTER day indeed! "Too bad you can't eat them", I tell him. The entire flock is on antibiotics, for some cold-like symptoms, so the new chickens we got from the fair, probably had some of that medicine-treated water as well. It is recommended you wait a week or so after stopping the antibiotics, before you eat the chicken, or eat the eggs.
Nevertheless, this was a VERY happy occasion and the kids were VERY excited as well!

I cannot wait until this is an everyday thing, and we are in full egg-production mode!

Woo Hoo!


Tuesday, August 11, 2009

New flock

Life on the "farm" is unpredictable! After we lost our baby hens, Kevin bought more chickens, and we are slowly trying to figure out how many roosters our new flock has.
It's funny...some of the chickens look like they could be roosters, but it's still hard to tell. Kevin seems to think we have more than we'd really want, and NONE is what we really want. hahaha
We visited the Sussex county fair last weekend, and what possessed my husband to buy TEN more HENS is beyond me, especially when it is NOT recommended you add chickens to your flock.
The new hens are ready to lay eggs, of course I have yet to see any eggs being laid. haha
I think the new hens decided that they should be in charge because they are older. The pecking order is definitely getting interesting. These hens are BULLIES, I tell ya! They stand around the food, not letting anyone come near it. My poor Silkies are all huddled up in the corner, afraid to get pecked! One of these days I'll have to put my foot down and say: "Kevin, no more!". My husband is so determined to have a full flock of egg-laying hens, he doesn't stop to do research before acting on his "wants".

Anyway, here are some pictures of our new flock...these bully-hens better shape up and leave my Silkies, and everyone else alone! Or else, they are going to become CHICKEN SOUP!!!! haha