A family farm

Friday, July 1, 2011

Eee Iii Eee Iii Ooo

A little snippet of my chores duty as of this morning ... after having 2 little does born yesterday, buying 2 adult does and about 25 chickens (about 13 of which are roosters) ...

Get up and throw some barn clothes on
Grab scoop of cat food
Go to chicken coop and get the chickie water and the chicken water

Then I take a walk around the garden to the barn

See how my tomatoes and beans are growing?
Then it is off to feed Juno and take care of the goats

After I water the goats and give them sweet feed and hay, I get to drop water off back by the chickens and deposit the scoop for the cat food back in its bag and get in the shower to go to work!


Mountain Woman said...

Oh, I love your babies!!! Last year, I had the same problem with an overabundance of roosters. Thanks too for helping me identify my mystery chicks. I appreciate it!

Deck said...

Wow! I think you're my first comment since I started blogging again in February! Yesterday I sat down with the computer and looked up the breeds of the roosters I just purchased. 8 of them went to the auction this past Saturday. I pretty much just broke even, but the noise level and tension in the hen house is better. It was a good deal. I still have 6 more to get rid of. Most of the hens that came with the roosters will also be sold. There are a couple that I would like to keep. We'll see how good of egg layers they are. I have two cochin roosters, 2 bantam roosters and 2 I'm not yet sure of. With what I purchased in the lot, I have at least 6 Brahma hens, a couple of ISA Browns (they are usually good layers) and an Ameraucauna mix (she's white with Ameraucana style feathers, but she has a regular comb - Ameraucanas have the pea-comb).

Anyway - Identifying your mystery chicks was fun! I knew I had seen the bluish-grey one before, and the long-legged one with no real rump was pretty easy. There is only one "rumpless" chicken breed. That one is a little rare. And, like I said, we have an all-yellow chick (it's still growing and still very lively - and after 2 weeks, I'm more hopeful that it will make it, but it is undersized and underdeveloped as of yet - the smallest in the bunch) - and that chick is all Ameraucana.

I like reading your blog. It's nice to hear about the struggles and joyous moments others experience on their farms. Your weather is similar to my Michigan weather - long winter this year, occassional heavy rains, etc. I wish we had more acreage and woods like you, but we like our farm. I'm looking forward to getting to know you more through the blogs. Thanks for posting!