Last week was hard for the blog.
I HATE complaining and I do not like when people throw a million pity parties. It drags me down.
With the things struggling here and feeling monotonous I felt like all I was doing was complaining. I had (and have) no real answers currently as I am SO new. I am learning literally every day.
I had to unplug from some people that are so far along that I feel so behind. Keep my headspace clear. My goals engrained in my vision.
I also have been spending a lot of time with my family and not necessarily all encompassing in the farm. I will never apologize for that, but this isn’t a family blog. I am not here to share about my trip to the park. It just makes it difficult to explain what is happening when things are going wrong and I am withdrawing a bit.
But I received an outpouring of love via Facebook and texts and messages. It hits my heart. Thank you for the reminder of why I am here and what my mission is.
My mission is to share my journey and hopefully capture some knowledge to inspire or help others.
I will try to focus on the PRESENT, not stress on the future.
The baby chicks are now 4 weeks old. Big Red keeps her chicks close by her and watches them very tentatively. She has gained respect from the rest of the flock and Darth Vader, the rooster, has begun to feed the chicks himself. It really is cool to see how these chicks flourish in their own environment. We have 10 chicks – 8 are from the original hatch of 11.
I believe a majority of the chicks are hens. SO FAR I think I only have 3 roosters. I can handle that.
We also have 5 chicks and a duck in a brooder indoors. When they go outdoors they cower and hide. The brooder chicks barely scavenge for bugs compared to the outdoor chicks. I am learning how to have the momma hen successfully take in the hatchery chicks as her own – and I will have a more successful time next time. I added a few chicks under the momma hen after a few days – nearly a week – and she denied them after a day. The chicks I added the first day were accepted, even the one that is a week older than all of the rest.
My ultimate goal is to NOT have a brooder in my house anymore – unless it’s for a duck. 🙂
Speaking of broody hens – apparently it’s contagious. Our two Cochin Hens went broody. Little brats. They stopped laying eggs and are committed to their nesting box. I might lock them in the run a few days to break them because they are not getting the hint. I have taken them out of their boxes like 5x a day and even closed them off. They still go back the first chance they get.
They say broodiness is contagious. I am down to 3 egg layers – one of which is a duck. MAN I cannot wait until these chicks start laying…. in five months. :/ hoping that putting Rachel & Monica in the run will cure the broodiness.
One of the best things I love about keeping roosters and drakes are fertile eggs.
On two occasions this month I have been able to trade fertile eggs for infertile eggs. My friend had a broody hen and is not allowed to have a Roo, so I traded her eggs and now she has some to hatch! 🙂
The same situation happened for ducks this week and now I am able to offer fertile duck eggs.
The best thing I love about people who are intending to ‘homestead’ is that they are (mostly) willing to share. Whether it be knowledge, goods, services, or what have you, everyone is so kind.
I love planting and growing vegetables and fruit, but my passion is with the flowers. They are so beautiful and smell amazing.
I am no expert in either HOW to grow flowers or how to plan a majestic garden, but I love to explore.
I toss some bulbs, seeds, clearance plants or plants people are trying to split into some dirt and see what they need. Some need extra TLC, some just need to be told they’re pretty and they grow. It is fun to see what plants grow and how they grow, and the character they give the garden.
I have also taken a hankering to garden shows that explain how to create a ‘flow’ in a garden space.
Maybe when I am 50 I will have a beautiful garden that will look like a magazine. For now I am learning and I love it.
This’s past weekend was memorial weekend, a weekend in which we enjoy at a family lakehome. Many people cannot fathom doing that with kids or pets. Not to toot my own horn but I have two kids and 33 ‘pets’ and still manage.
It’s all about planning. Planning food, water, shelter, bedding, and maybe even a set of eyes to make sure all is well.
I plan on launching a whole post about the steps we take to make sure we do not lose out ‘away time’ even though we care for so many animals.
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From the farm,