Tuesday, August 22, 2017

And the lucky winner is....

I went to the AQS quilt show in Grand Rapids, MI on Saturday.  It was a nice show.  I spent the afternoon shopping all the vendors with my friend, Sandy.  When we went past Yellow Creek Quilt Designs booth it was later in the day and they asked if I would do them a favor.  They had a large old suitcase filled with entries for a drawing and they wanted me to pick the winner. 

I mixed them up real good! 

And picked a winner!  You can also see these wonder pictures and congratulate the winner on their Facebook page!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

The Young Ones Free Ranging

Everyone in the big coop is on lock down.  I put Selma, Patty and Lucille in there and closed the doors.  They are sorting out the pecking order (poor Selma and Patty) and getting used to where they need to come home to at night to sleep.  Since they are all locked up and not allowed out I let the little ones run around the yard!

They are not so little anymore!  Still have not named them.  Oh and I forgot to mention that one of them has been crowing! UGH!  Damn Mother Nature for her 50/50 balance!  So it looks like I'm gonna need to build another rooster bachelor pad.  They are almost 4 months old now. 

They had fun in the yard.  But  after a half hour they were back in there coop, but then they ventured out again.  After a couple hours I happened to be outside and saw a hawk across the street on the telephone pole.  I got them to go back in there coop and shut them in. But they got to enjoy a couple hours. 

I figure all week I'll let them out when I get home while the others are locked up.  I can't let them out with the big girls yet, not for a couple more months. 

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Joe's New Roost

Ever since Joe was allowed to free range he never goes back to his coop in the evening.  Every night he flies to the top of the miter saw in the Corn Crib Carport and roost.  Every night I go collect him and put him in his coop.  I have to wait until it is dark because if he does see me coming he jumps down and runs away.  Then I have to wait for him to go back to the saw and grab him after dark. 

Now we usually only let Joe run around the yard after we are home, but since we got the other girls from the fair we had to put Joe into a dog crate.  I don't like leaving him in there during the day, its too small.  So I let him run around they yard even though we are not home.  Well, we were going out of town last weekend and Jim did not want to leave him vulnerable so we put him in the fenced in backyard.  We did not get home until after dark and I kinda wondered if Joe would eventually realize he can just fly/jump over the fence and go roost on the saw.  When  we got home there was Joe roosting on the top of the fence gate!

Now for the past couple nights he has decided that the backyard fence is his new roost area!

So he is right outside the mudroom ready to be collected! At least the new girls will be moving into the big coop soon and then Joe can have his big pen again!  But I will still have to collect him every night and take him to it!

Saturday, August 5, 2017

The Girls have Saddles

I finally put the saddles on Laverne and Princess Diana.

Bert is so amorous that the girls are loosing a lot of feathers on their backs and will soon get some scratches or gashes. And we don't want any blood showing because they will peck on any bloody spots they see on other chickens.  Poor Princess Diana sill has a large bald spot on the back of her head but there is not anything to cover it with.  Someone suggested a hat but it would have to be tied and then when Bert pulled on it, it would just choke her!

They have been on for week now and they seem to be adjusting to them okay. 

I thought a purple one would be the best for Laverne to match her Lavender color!

I was lucky enough that the lady I ordered them from had this wonderful Wonder Women fabric for Princess Diana!  I think they both look Fabulous!  Now I'm gonna have to get some more soon when I release the two new girls and Lucille into the big coop with these three. 

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Added a towel bar

I added a towel bar on the bottom of the Teacup Cabinet I made. 

I used a couple old electric fence insulators to put the dowel through. I found them on ad old fence post on the farm. 

The towel is something my Mom made for my Grandmothers when I was 4! She hand embroidered my hands and my writing.  There are random letters and numbers throughout the towel.  Since both of my Grandmothers are deceased I have inherited both of them. This one is nicely starched so its the one I hung. 

Now I am positive there is a secret code in there that would answer all of worlds problems if you could decipher the different letters and numbers and the angles and positions they are on the towel.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Three new Girls!

We picked up three new pullets to add to the flock from the Ionia County Fair. 

Two Plymouth Barred Rocks

and a white Ameraucana.

We got them on the 22nd and put them in Joe's pen to keep them somewhat quarantined from the rest of the chickens.  

The two Plymouth Barred Rocks were picking on the smaller Ameraucana so during the day I put her in her own pen in the grass.  The Plymouth breed is known for being a bit bossy!  Those two remind me of the twin sisters of Marge on the Simpson show, so we named them Selma and Patty!

Jim named the white one Priscilla.  She was very sweet and would fall asleep on my lap!

Unfortunately by the next weekend she was not doing so good.  I noticed Saturday night (29th) she was sleeping on the ground instead of on top of the feeder or roost.  I let her be thinking she was just trying to stay away from the bossy girls.  Sunday morning she was in the same exact spot an position, head tucked behind her wing.  She didn't stir until I started going into the coop.  I moved her to her own spot again but all day she sat in one spot and did not move or eat or drink.  Towards the end of the day I moved her into the house and forced some homemade electrolytes into her.  But she continued to decline, she soon lost the ability to sit up and was laying on her side.  We took her to the vet on Monday late afternoon.  She had a neurological virus that was not curable but also very contagious.  Now some birds can get it and recover but the vet didn't think Priscilla's chances were very good because she was so thin.  She did pass during that evening. I was very sad that she died, she was such a sweet girl.  Now I pray that no one else gets sick!

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Lucille and the Babies

Mamma Lucille and the two wee ones got to have free reign of the yard for a couple hours.

They did enjoy going around the yard.  Lucille took them around showing them things to eat.