I have been waiting for this. I first brought home my 4 chicks on April 3. I have 2 Production Reds--Lucy and Ethel, and 2 Black Australorps--Aretha and Oprah. They grew so fast. They are now about 18 weeks old. Lucy and Ethel will let me rub under their chins. They all will eat food from my hand. They have even snatched a bug from my leg! They come running any time I enter the chicken run, to see if I've brought a treat. The first egg is a bit small, but the eggs will increase in size as the hens mature. My Granny always had White Leghorn chickens. She kept the family supplied with fresh farm eggs. I really missed those. The store-bought eggs are so PALE. Now I need to make a trip to TSC to get some laying feed and oyster shell grit to keep the shells nice and hard!
I teach 4 year olds during the school year. In my spare time(haha), I enjoy clogging, gardening, sewing, cake decorating, and old things! I have two sons, ages 29 and 20!
We have 3 dogs (Lexi, Blaze and Koda), eight cats (Samson, Rascal, Bella, Scoundrel, Whiskey, Maisey, Pippa and Oakley) and 6 chickens. The hens are Blossom, Buffy, Beatrice, Ginger, Buttercup, and Clarabelle. I have on roo, Gottlieb. My coop is called Cackleberry Cottage.
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Ethel has been laying for several weeks now. This evening, I found 2 eggs! Aretha is now officially a laying hen! GO GIRL!
Look What I Found!
What a find, considering my recent fascination with anything "chicken"!
The butterfly has emerged!
I was thrilled to get to see the Cloudless Sulphur after it emerged from the chrysalis and before it fluttered away!
Miracles in Nature
My nephew first noticed this chrysalis on the fence. I had never seen one like it. I am most familiar with the chrysalis of the Black Swallowtail. I think it belongs to the Cloudless Sulphur butterfly. I have Cassia growing nearby and it is their host plant. I love the colors!
I went to let the girls out of the coop and found this suprise. The first egg! Hmm how shall I try it? Scrambled, fried, boiled or maybe just look at it for awhile!haha
Glass tea light holders
I thought these colored glass tea light holders were so pretty in the window.
Close-up of glass in window
Just another photo of those tea light holders!
This cast-iron frog was outside the door of one of the antique shops we visited! The little sign flips to say "Welcome" too! It didn't have a price tag!
Which came first-the chicken or the eggs?
In this case, I found the eggs first! I was shopping at a local shop called "The Market" and found the eggs. I decided I needed something to put them in. I continued looking and found the basket. Then I noticed the chicken! What luck!
According to photos and information I've found, I am guessing that my bats are known as Evening Bats.For more information on bats go to www.batcon.org .
My brother and my oldest son,Dustin erecting the bathouse.
We put up the bathouse in June and were lucky to have 7 bats find it by January. That is when we noticed them. We now have about 200 bats.
Bug's new apron
My niece's nickname is Bug". I made the ladybug cake (pictured farther down) for her 2nd birthday. I made the apron for her 3rd birthday.
My newest apron!
I found the pattern and fabric late last summer. I finally got around to sewing it this summer. I sure could have used a model, but I didn't think asking my 13-year-old son would help!
I think toadstools are lucky. Maybe its because we don't have them during a drought!
Lucy is one of my four pet hens. I am looking forward to some fresh eggs any time now!
For a couple of weeks in May, I kept finding newborn bats that had fallen out of my bathouse. When I found them, I would return them to the bathouse. My bathouse is filled to its capacity. I am guessing that they would get jostled during the evening exit and lose their grip.
I made this cake for my niece's 2nd birthday!
I made this cake for 2 nephews. The frog was for the older boy,and the tadpole was for the toddler!
My mom made this apron for me when I was a child.
Modern Grandma Apron
My mom made this apron using tube paints called liquid embroidery.
This is another dressy apron from my Granny's collection.
This apron has appliqued tulips.
Red Gingham apron
Another apron that my mom made, although she didn't wear aprons!