Sunday, May 17, 2020

New Additions and Saving Seeds!

We placed an order for baby chicks and it took nearly 2 months to get them. Never have we had to wait so long for baby chicks!  When they came in we picked them up and moved them into their new home ... separate from our adult chickens.

Aren't they cute? (They are all Buff Orpingtons.)

Here they are checking out their new home.  As I took each one out of the box, I stuck their beak into the water area to give them a taste which encouraged them to drink.  We have thoroughly enjoyed watching their antics!

I've also been harvesting seeds ... collard seeds and multiplying onion seeds.  Both were from plants I grew and let go to seed for the express purpose of saving seeds for future growing.

We are keeping an eye on tropical storm 'Arthur' off our coastline.  Hurricane season doesn't officially start until June 1st, I hope Arthur doesn't turn into a hurricane!

Our high temp today was 83 degrees with rain showers.  We're supposed to get rain off and on for the next 3 - 4 days, which means we'll have to get creative to get the projects done that we have planned for this week.

Until next time ...

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  1. Aww your baby chicks are so cute. I used to love watching the chickens. They are such funny critters
    Hope Arthur doesn't turn into a hurricane. I think we are supposed to get rain every day this week.

    1. Kathy, we have rain forecast for several days this week for us. I'm just hoping it's not all day long, every day.

  2. Oh, they're adorable! I know very little about raising chicken. We can't keep livestock where I live. But I am curious about it. How frequently do you need to get more chicks? How long are they good for laying before they are too old? And what do you do with your older chickens once they reach the age of no longer good egg producers? Is the meat still viable or are they too old to be good for eating? Or do you just let them live out their lives until they pass away? I have no idea how long a chicken lives. Sorry for all the questions. I didn't grow up on a farm, but I was a veterinary technician for over 10 years. I wonder how hard it would be to raise chickens if we ever moved somewhere we could keep them.

    Well, last week we continued to have stupid cold weather, including snow. I hit the end of my patience with waiting for normal spring temps, and really wasn't in the mood to read about how wonderful someone elses garden was doing.

    On Thursday, we finally had a "sunny day" with somewhat warm temps. I insisted we get out for a walk. My daughter chose to go ahead on her own, while my mom and I got the dog ready to go. I took one step off the front porch and rolled my ankle over...hard! Family tried to tell me to "walk it off", but I insisted I needed to go to the hospital. I wasn't sure how much damage, but it had a feeling there was definitely damage done.

    At emergency, I was screened for Covid19. Because I answered yesterday to 2 questions (both symptoms are common for other issues), I was flagged. Xrays and Covid19 test later, I have a broken ankle, with a walking cast on, and my family is officially quarantined for 6 days until the test results come back.

    Despite my "gimp leg" (as my husband calls it), the weather FINALLY warmed up to seasonal temps and I was able to plant almost everything in my garden. I planted green and yellow bush beans, pole beans, 2 tomato plants and 2 red pepper plants my mom picked up at a garden centre, butternut squash, more carrots, beets, pie pumpkin, cucumber, romaine and leaf lettuce. This week I will be planting zucchini in pots, and may pot up other things as I decide along the way. The peas are all coming up nicely, some radishes have sprouted and I think I see a few extremely tiny carrot and spinach sprouts. The strawberries and raspberries are also growing nicely so far. I still have lots more seeds, too. So if things don't grow or are harvested, I hope to replace then with more seeds, so we can get lots of food from our garden this year.

    We also celebrated our daughter's 17 birthday this weekend. She's autistic and had a hard time with not having her best friend here to celebrate with us. But we did the best we could considering the current circumstances. I think she enjoyed and appreciated what we did do, but change and isolation is hard for her. We are all looking forward to when the girls can hang out together again!

    1. Rhonda, Bless your heart, you've had a time of it! I surely hope things improve greatly for you. It's good that you were finally able to start planting your garden.

      As for the chickens, we get new chicks about every 2 - 3 years. When our laying hens start getting around 4 - 5 years old and start laying less we replace them. Sometimes they die of natural causes along the way. The older ones that survive get butchered and preserved. Sometimes we let the hens set and hatch their own baby chicks, but we didn't this time because we want to have pure Buffs and we have a few older ones that are not. This is what we do, others may do things a bit differently. I hope all this makes sense.

  3. Oh how sweet they are! It is raining here this morning and we are also hoping that Arthur behaves himself.

    1. Lana, the rain is supposed to start here this evening so we've been working, working, working outside trying to get as much done as we can before it starts.


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