Thursday, June 11, 2015

The Broody's

We've had three broody Iowa Blues sitting on a nest of around 45 eggs for a while. It started with just one, but the other joined in later. The first gal has finally hatched out 2 babies! Cutest thing ever. There might be more, but I've only seen two. They are so sweet popping out from under the mama. I'm so glad we let them set on the nest instead of taking the eggs.


We had three week old chicks living in the house when these babies hatched, so we decided to see if the mama would adopt them. Yeah, that didn't go so well. One was rejected pretty much right away and nearly got its neck pecked off. The second Tyler found shivering in a corner of the coop later that night. And the third was alone by the next morning, so they are all back in the house again.



Thursday, June 4, 2015

Favorites at 2.5 & 4.5







I asked the kiddos what their favorites of each of these things were, here's what they had to say.

Food
Mason - Mango
Finnley - Peaches
Elliot - Grapes

Color
Mason - Red
Finnley - Pink
Elliot - Purple

Drink
Mason - Water
Finnley - Almond Milk
Elliot - Almond Milk

Place
Mason - Grandma Jackie's
Finnley - Kid's Museum
Elliot - The Restaurant

Best Friend
Mason - Dad
Finnley - Grandma Kim
Elliot - Mason

Song
Mason - Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
Finnley - (screeched some made up ditty)
Elliot - EIEIO

To Play
Mason - Legos
Finnley - Candlyland
Elliot - Candyland

Animal
Mason - Zebra
Finnley - Pigs
Elliot - Zebra

Book
Mason - Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs
Finnley - Diego
Elliot - Dora

Dessert
Mason - Chocolate Cake
Finnley - Suckers
Elliot - Choclate

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Future Coop



Back view.


In front, where the runs will be.


We finally made a little progress on our future coop location. The coop the chickens and ducks currently reside in is one major patch job. The roof has a tarp over it to keep rain out, there are boards rotting off, the door is about to fall off, and the floor boards are uneven and nails are popping up making it very hard to clean out. We're lucky to have other buildings on the acreage that were used as hog houses over 15 years ago before my dad left that arena.
As you can see we have a lot of work ahead of us, but at least we have a start. We have a plan and the windows are covered with chicken wire, plus I got a bunch of weeds chopped down. We'll be getting a curtain to keep the elements out, like there once was before time took it's toll. The building will be divided into 4 separate pens so we can do some breeding down the road. There will also be an outdoor run for each pen we'll put in front of the building.
The kids had so much fun while we worked. They rode their bikes and ran around inside. They played school bus on the livestock chute for quite some time. It is awesome seeing your kids pretend in the same environment you did as a kid. Lindy and I had so many adventures on this farm growing up, and our kids are just dipping their feet in. There is so much they have yet to discover.