Friday, September 14, 2012

All Sweat and Glory

Well I am not sure where the glory comes in but I sure have been sweaty. The endless summer continues. I am OVER IT!! I thought I would show you at my dirtiest. Mowing the yard and cleaning the coop. I was so hot and dirty but that's real life. I love to work hard in the yard. I wished I loved to work as hard in the house. It would be spotless.


Not much going in the garden. I want to plant some fall seedlings but with this heat I have been waiting. The great thing is we eat the veggies from my garden and the chickens love the carrot tops and cucumber peels. They eat it, poop it and then I scoop it and make wonderful black gold compost. Oh, is it alive. When I move the compost pile and scoop some from the bottom, it is so alive and full of worms.


The chickens come running to scratch and eat all those wiggly worms which in turn is a great source of protein for them. Wonderful cycle of life. Two of the girls go to my friend Kris at Simplify today. We are meeting to swap the chickens. I know they will love her place. She has a big orange grove that they will happily scratch in and live the rest of their days.


I will miss the pretty green eggs they lay though. Sigh. But I think the two chickens left will be a better amount for my little yard and I like to let them roam so they will less damage.


So we will be left with our two Barred Rocks and I will continue to enjoy chickens scratching in the compost pile. As it should be.


Linking to:
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31 comments:

It's All Connected said...

I just listened to my neighbour explain to her little girl that the baby bunnies had to go to the pet store this weekend. She's known it all along but was crying her heart out anyway. They get over it pretty quickly but it's hard all the same. ~ Maureen

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Aw it's so hard but at least you are keeping a couple of them!

deb said...

oh they will love it at Kris s...I have seen her chickens and they are happy campers!!!

Maple Lane said...

I'm sure she will be fine and I know the chickens are going to a great home. Hope you have a safe trip.

Ms. Redo said...

So sorry for Q but glad they're going to a good home.

NanaDiana said...

Not a boring soap opera-more like a ongoing chicken novelette!;>) I hope they like their new home and I hope your daughter doesn't grieve too long. Blessings- xo Diana

Emily Fay said...

I, too, am ready for Summer to be OVER! It's been too hot of a summer for me! I love your chicken coop - so sweet - an the eggs are gorgeous! Have a blessed weekend ~

Nonnie said...

Oh, that is so sad for your daughter. I'm ready for Fall too. Your chicken coop is soooo very nice!

Kris said...

I know how much you love your hens, and how much Q does too. I feel so bad that you have decided to give two away, but rest assured, they will be happy and well cared for here. It was great to see you for a few minutes this morning.
Hope to get together soon!
XO Kris

Muddy Boot Dreams said...

It's hard when a animal has to move to another place, but it's for the best.

The chickens look quite happy in the backyard.

Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

Merlesworld said...

Poor baby it hard to let go. I remember having chickens when I was a little girl dad was planing on having them for xmas dinner my sister and I wouldn't eat them we had baked beans on toast that year we had named them and they were our mates.
Merle....

Lisa~A Cottage To Me said...

Would you please come to Michigan and find someone to take one of our cats? Our youngest is too attached and too allergic, but won't let us find a new Home for the cat. Poor Q, best do it now before she gets older and more attached. Your yard is beautiful as I am sure your Home is as well. Have a peaceful weekend!

corners of my life said...

You are pretty darn cute at your dirtiest!

Bonnie said...

Oh not boring at all. As you say...it is life.

Robyn said...

So you look just as good dirty as when you're not.. yes Im jealous..LOL...Since you have chickens I'd like to ask some questions.. 2 months ago my husband decided to let our chickens out that we have had for like 3 years and just let them roam the yard..Well in the last 2weeks they began pooping all over my deck and my rooster kept trying to get in the house, our house so we decided it was time to put them back in the pen and coop.. Since they've been back in there they are molting and they aren't laying any eggs.. Did we mess things up by letting them loose and then putting them back in? Thanks :)
Robyn
PS hope Q is handling things better :)

acorn hollow said...

Ah the circle of life.
so what are you getting in return?
It is hard to let animals go.
Cathy

Tania @ Out Back said...

Boy you are copping some heat Elaine. That could be a bad sign for us here in Australia for Summer. They are already forecasting a hotter than normal Summer agghh!

Well I just went to visit at Kris' blog and your chickens are doing fine :) Looks like they have a great area to scratch around in. I love your chookhouse by the way!

Stay cool :)

xx

Cottage Tails said...

I felt for you having to move on some girls, but way understand the mess and damage chooks can and do make.
Got a lovely surprise to see your chickens new place in blog land. Well I think they were yours?
Love Leanne

Claudia said...

So sorry you have to say goodbye to the girls - I know Kris will give them a good home.

Those eggs are so pretty!

Thanks so much for linking up, Elaine.

xo
Claudia

Dayle @ A Collection of This and That said...

I love the chicken coop!

ImSoVintage said...

I know you will miss your two girls, but they will have a happy life and you will have less mess where your children are. Hope it cools down some for you soon.

Laura

It's Just Dottie said...

I am a gardener too. I have compost love!!
Smiles,Dottie

TracyMB @ Crows Feet Chic said...

A chicken retirement home! Lucky girls. Love their eggs too. :)

Babajeza said...

Chickens are the best. I've never had greenish eggs. They are lovely.

Linda (More Fun Less Laundry) said...

Your girls are so pretty, and sending them to a new home must be hard. But all of them will be happier with more space and attention, too! I'm off to see them at their new home now. Linda

Debra said...

you have to have the cutest chicken coop in the world :)

Feel for you..I do not like hot weather / we are having a cool off this weekend though ( here in western PA )

Infuse With Liz said...

I like your spirit! I guess I've always been willing to be a hard worker- especially outside! Looks like your chickens are living a good life! Those are pretty eggs!

nancy said...

You're doing good chicken
"management"! Sometimes you have to protect your yard AND flock. Too many in too small space can lead to disease as well as disaster. I had to fence off my veggie yard for them (and fence off the tomastoes insde that) to protect the main yard. They're not out there without supervision. Too much ruination the first year, so I learned my lesson :)

zilda said...

Bom saber que vocĂȘ encontrou um bom lar para as galinhas. Adorei seu quintal. Que lugar lindo, repleto de vida!
Zilda

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

The eggs are beautiful and I love the cute coop! Glad you found a good home for the girls:@)

Haworth said...

Those eggs are beautiful, Elaine! And your 'girls' are so pretty. I'm sure it must be hard to let them go, but as you said it will be better in the long run. Have a lovely weekend!

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