This morning we soaked up the last of the warm sun before a huge cold front moved through.
Now it’s blustery and the low is 30 degrees. The entire 10 day forecast is cold and wet and blustery. How depressing.
But this morning, it was nice and warm. There were dark rain clouds filling the horizon with warm yellow sun filtering through and highlighting the bright green grass. Rosie was afraid to step in the wet grass with her bare feet. Ada ran into the grass and started smearing wet leaves and grass blades on herself while wigging her toes in the mud and laughing. They will be good for each other–one sister provides the caution, the other provides the adventure.
Finally Ada coaxed Rosie into the grass for a second. Then Rosie made Ada stop examining the dirt and stand up straight for a picture.
You can see Ada’s faint birth mark on her side across from her belly button in the right picture. I have been thinking it was dirt for about 10 months. I recently realized it wasn’t scrubbing off!
Tomorrow Tractor Supply is supposed to get in their new order of bantam chicks. I can’t wait to get some! I’m ridiculously excited.
I hate brooding chicks though, they are so messy and gross. They stink, and they produce a ton of thick dust that settles all over the furniture if you do it in the house. They have to be under a heat lamp around 100 degrees for quite awhile. I’m not sure yet what I’m going to do with them, considering the dismal ten day forecast.
I have a pen already built for them once they are a little bigger.
We added new doors into the side of it today so we can reach in easier. The right end of the pen is a little coop area and it has a big door on the front, but there was no door to the run part except through the coop and it’s too small for a person to crawl through. (Plus gross, I would not crawl through there!)
This is my chicken set-up. We have two 4×4 coops and they each have a pen attached to them, plus the bantam tractor there in front.
(This picture was taken from the middle of my yard.)
Their pens have mesh you can’t see in the picture covering the triangle openings of the roof, so they are predator proof for the most part. We have hawks, owls, raccoons, possums, weasels, skunks, a rare fox, and stray cats and dogs here that prey on them.
This Bradford Pear tree is in bloom now and it smells like fish, why? It smells like that every year.
Tractor Supply had these perfect wire egg collecting baskets on sale for $5!
See that dark colored egg on the upper right? Those are from my olive egger project! They are the third generation. I finally succeeded in making olive egg laying birds!
The grandparent chickens are cuckoo marans (dark brown gene) bred with easter egger (green gene), then the resulting hens were bred to a cuckoo marans rooster again. Their children are the olive eggers.
It’s hard to tell in this Hipstamatic photo, but the eggs are dark khaki with a hint of green, just like a jar of green olives.
I love this snapshot of Rosie. She’s carrying her stuffed dog, Scotta.
In case you are wondering, my yard has no grass. We put down straw to cover up the thick mud, and we put down grass seed every year.
Our yard had six foot high weeds when we bought the house because an older man lived here and he was too ill to care for it for a long time, so that killed off all the grass. We have these persistent weeds that come up in the summer, so it looks green and we mow it short, but the weeds die in the winter leaving just brown.
I don’t want to use chemicals because of the kids and animals, so…yeah. That’s why my yard looks like that!