Archive for November, 2006

dusting of snow

We don’t see a lot of snow around here, so its very exciting to watch the tiniest of flurries coming down! The kids bundled up and spent a good TEN minutes outside, checking it out.

And my poor chickens finally got the boot out of our living room. The not-so-baby-sized poops were really starting to smell “fowl” and a thick layer of dust was covering our stuff (eeewww!). The coop is still incomplete, due to the rain and other things, so we modified the brooder box for temporary outdoor housing.

It now has a little doorway and ladder ramp, a rain proof top, and attached play yard. It sits under our deck, out of the elements, and a light inside the box adds a little warmth. Hopefully the full coats of feathers will be enough, and they do seem to be doing okay.

They are so funny. They heard around in a pack and didn’t quite realize they could come in and out of the box as they please. One chicken went in to eat, so they all piled inside, where they stayed for the next day and a half. It wasn’t until I reached in the top and pulled a chicken outside, did they all pile back out.

As you can see from the “snow” pic, we don’t really live in a chicken rearing type of neighborhood. But they are surprisingly quiet in the backyard. And we are enjoying our little flock!

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The unfinished coop is barely seen in the backyard here.

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Got my new brown-toned backdrop today and tested it out on Luke. This is just cracking me up! He does not look too happy to be sitting in a basket, does he? Our good dog, Luke.

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Also, I have been trying to tempt the chickens with tasty treats like lettuce and fruit with absolutely no interest. I finally decided to do a little worm hunting in the backyard and see if the chickens might be big enough to go for it. Were they ever!!!! Oh my God, it was a frenzy in the box. The first chicken snagged the worm and ran around the box trying to keep it away from the others and find a place to eat. The rest of the chickens dove in for the steal, and the poor worm ended up in three pieces, pecked and devoured.

The entire show brought out the sadist in us all, as we all peered into the box watching with excitement. Even Jason, who wasn’t interested in getting his hands messy with worm slime, grabbed a second worm out of my hand after he saw the first massacre.

Good times!

And we will definitely get some video of this. Jason has had some issue with the computer not recognizing the video camera. Hopefully he can get it figured out soon. Its something he put on the back burner, but I’ll start annoying him:)

No rain today!

We have an awesome nature area across the street, the kids love to play in. Super hero capes and all, we headed outside this evening. One more dry day ahead and then its back to rain all next week.

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Little brother Xan.

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Big brother Iz man

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Chickens are one month and getting big.

Too big for their box, actually, and the coop is still a work in progress. Jason wanted to go fancy with the plans, and even upgraded the door width, “so we could pop the mower right up in there…” in case the chicken thing doesn’t last. I like the way he thinks! ha ha ha!

I got so sick of them getting shavings and poop in their water, I tried raising it up on a can. It worked like a charm, and we’ve had clean water for two days! However, as you can see by the photo, now they can watch TV with the kids…one chicken at a time, anyway.

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Week 21

It’s going to get increasingly more difficult to get a flattering pregnancy photo, in my progress shots! LOL!

My plan was to take a photo every four weeks, and we’ll get to document the growing belly, and how amazing it is one person can gain 80 pounds with every pregnancy! I get sick of hearing those other sissy moms whine about their measly 40 pounds. Double that, and then we can talk:)

Did I mention I have the most wonderful husband who stands by me through it all? Thick and thin (although, I know he prefers the thin).