Chicks

I am truly becoming a small farmer.  Well, what I would say is a small farmer.  We have recently added chickens to our little farm, and it is so much fun.  Right now they are just a couple of weeks old, and I am very new to raising chickens.

I have been doing a great deal of research and am learning a lot.  We have the chicks in a bin in our garage with a heat lamp, food and water.  I will keep them there until they are a bit older and it is a little warmer outside.  We clean the bin daily, and that gives the kids a chance to hold the chicks.

We are starting to get the outside prepared for our chickens.  I put together a chicken coop, and we have a spot set up for the coop and run.  I don’t know if we will let the chickens have free range of the property just because of our dog, but the area for the run is very large and there are only three chicks (for now).  I think it will be plenty of space.  I am hoping to start working on the run this weekend with my husband.


I also have a lot of ideas and ambition for these chickens.  I have started a compost pile, in hopes of having the chickens help to compost and I can use it in the garden.  And, of course, we are looking forward to the eggs.  I can’t wait to be able to go out to the coop in the morning and collect eggs.  It is going to be fun.

I didn’t realize how much I would enjoy having chickens, but so far it is great.  On warm days I let them hang out in the coop, and they are fun to watch.  My dog is not so sure about them, and he wants to get closer to them but I am keeping them well protected.  The children enjoy watching them and holding them.  I just hope their enthusiasm continues as the chicks get older.  We shall see how this new adventure goes.

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Starting the Garden

Now that I live on a decent bit of land, I am able to have that big garden I have always wanted.  Of course, I do not have a very “green thumb”, but I am going to give it a try.  A couple of weeks ago we bought a greenhouse from Amazon, and it is a pretty good size.  My hope is that starting plants in the greenhouse will help them to be more successful.

On Easter Sunday my daughter and I put the greenhouse together and planted a lot of seeds into starter planters.  We worked the entire afternoon and had a lot of fun.  All of the planters fit well and we managed to fill up quite a few shelves.

 

I was watering the plants every other day, and despite the crazy cold and wet weather we have been having, the greenhouse was keeping the plants very nice and warm.  This weekend, however, we had a disaster.  There has been a lot of hard wind in our area, and a huge gust managed to knock over the whole thing.  All of the planters fell and dumped their contents.  I was so shocked and devastated.    But we all worked together and got the greenhouse standing again.  My husband moved it closer to the actual house to help block the wind a little better, and he replaced the stakes with some bigger, better ones.  We also scooped up all the dirt and seeds and planted them in a small section of the garden.  I don’t know if they will grow, since they are all a mix of different seeds, but it should be interesting.

Yesterday we bought new seeds and replanted everything.  We are back to square one, but hopefully we will have a little more success and no more disasters.  I am keeping my fingers crossed.