Monday, July 4, 2011

Happy 4th and Baby Chicks!

So Rob has been at it again, building a new "broody" then to be used for "meat" chicken tractor.  Momma hen (I believe she shall from now on be known as Mrs. Weasley, only because Dumbledore is the Rooster, so it seemed fitting to continue on with the Harry Potter theme, and no the chicks do not have red hair.  lol)

This way the chicks can run around without being bothered by the other hens and rooster until they are big enough to fend for themselves.  Two eggs hatched last Thursday and since then, more have hatched, we did lose one, but now are up to 8 chicks.  They are so cute, fluffy and love to peep.

These were the first two.

Then we were up to five.

Still at five and then the next day (today)...

Three plus...

two plus...

three equals eight.  Still three eggs left, not sure if they will hatch or not, but will give it a couple more days.  Rob did put a heat lamp in there this morning which the chicks really seemed to like as they all promptly sat under it.

I got the new raspberry starts I picked up from Rick, as he was kind enough to share some with me, planted this morning.  Got the garden weeded, mowed the lawn in between the garden beds and picked up the clippings, which I then used to mulch the potatoes, peppers, and tomatoes.  I have one small broccoli head growing, so now I know which is broccoli and which is cauliflower (haha, they kinda look the same.)  Then finished making the yogurt (pretty much took it out of the oven and put it in the fridge, haha if you can call that "making" it.)  :)  Then had to do something with the rest of the strawberries I purchased the other day before they went bad.  Had already made strawberry/rhubarb jam, strawberry jam, and Kara made a strawberry pie that was yummy, so I went for the strawberry pie filling to make this morning, as it was quick and easy and is now in the fridge chilling.  Headed off to the beach to celebrate the 4th with family and friends.

Have a wonderful independence day!!!

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