Tuesday, September 11, 2012

News In These Parts and This Weeks To Do List

The weekend was spent working and working and then working some more around here. Less time during the week has left chores for the weekends. I also made a tough decision about my chickens. For now, I am going to give two away and keep two. My friend Kris has agreed to take two to add to her flock and she has a wonderful piece of property that will make them happy so the two brown Easter Eggers will be leaving. At first I had thought I would get rid of all the chickens and then cried collecting the eggs one day and Kris suggested I maybe keep some and then my hubby the same thing. So two will stay.


These two girls will remain. When you have chickens roaming a small backyard, they can be destructive as well as leaving lots of poo all over where my little one needs to be playing. The yard had become the chickens and not ours as I hated seeing them locked up all day. We will erect an enclosure around the main coop and confine them to a back corner of the yard. They will have lots of scratching room and shade and we will have poop free grass. I was always hosing down but come winter do I really want to be doing that?


We will see how it goes. I love the chickens but as in all new things, am try to find a balance where they are happy and we are still using our back yard. The chickens can come out and play a few times a week so they get their fix. My husband is ever the patient man with this hobby of mine. Will keep you updated.

Hubby had to work on Saturday which was trailer washing day so the girls and I had at it and got her all clean and spiffed to put her up for sale. Hopefully it doesn't take too long and folks camp here year round so we will see.


Just cleaned and did laundry. I am trying ever so hard to get this orchid to rebloom. I am feeding it every two weeks which is what I read so maybe it will work this time. It has lots of new growth so something is happening there. Not much else. Waiting for this endless summer to well end. Hot and humid every day it seems. I want to work in the garden but can't bare it.


I am going to share my weekly to do lists in the future as a visual for me and you can read and share tips if you have any.
1. Finish going through Q's toys. Decide which baby toys to keep and donate the rest.
2. Call for thrift store donation pick up.
3. Mow back lawn.
4. Plant swiss chard, fall tomatoes and make a trip to nursery to see what fall veggies are available.
5. Continue dividing bulbs.

28 comments:

Patty@Lemon Lane Cottage said...

I am sorry about your girls but they will have a good life at Kris' place. I am so tired of this relentless heat, too. I see we will hit the triple digits this weekend one more time. Yuck!

Elizabeth Edwards said...

WOW, you are so busy. hope all will work out well with the chickens. maybe you can visit them often. (:

LV said...

I was a country person until after high school. I understand the attachment to chickens or animals. We had two chickens that my sister and I were heart broken when they died.

Shelley said...

I do know about the mess chickens can make..even living in the country they can disturb the flowerbeds etc...my daughter used to let hers roam free and they got into so much,even her watermelons..they loved them and kept coming back for more :) Then the wild animals started trying to get them so she keeps them in a enclosed pen now,but they do have a running yard to roam in. I still feel sorry for them sometimes when they are peeking out. I imagine they are dreaming of running free again :) Blessings

It's All Connected said...

For their own safety, my chickens are in a 10 X 10 chain link dog run. My neighbour keeps 4 in the same size run and it's plenty of room for them to roam in. I've had to make lots of adjustments to get it right with the chickens, so you are not alone in having to figure out how to make it all work. I now have to find a way to keep them warm in a Canadian winter! ~ Maureen

Kris said...

Oh, how I feel for you Elaine. I hope that keeping the two will work out for you.
I need to work in my yards too, but this weather has prevented me from doing so. I don't ever recall a summer with such awful weather!!!
Hugs,
Kris

Ms. Redo said...

Sorry about the chickens but glad you can keep two. Your plan looks good, our homeschooling plan is working well for us, kinda keeping us on track. Mary

Emily Fay said...

I am so glad you are keeping two of them! I know what you mean about wanting the summer to end - it has been so hot here (even with the Fall leaves in the mountains) and for the first time I've lived here we've had humid weather (so rare for Utah!) Anyway, have a blessed week ahead!

Micupoftea~ said...

Hello Elaine~ SO much work to do! Must feel good to get it done. I hear ya on the humidity and heat...eeek! I can barely stand to go outside. When everyone else is starting to cool down we still have a month of heat. MANY years we get a heat wave around my God-daughter's birthday the first week of October and I'm crossing my fingers it doesnt get passed 95 this Fall. (Im in OC/CA) Im glad you are keeping 2 chickens..like to hear about them when I visit! :)
Shawn

Diana said...

I know I have mentioned in the past how ambivalent I was about our chickens and how they pretty much destroyed our back yard. Now that we fenced off the back part, life is so much better! We throw all our "bad" yard waste (weeds I don't want in the compost) back there, which keeps it from getting mucky. We are now all happily co-existing, with 4 laying and the two elderly girls not laying -- so I'm getting plenty of eggs and not feeling so resentful.

Lisa~A Cottage To Me said...

I'm glad you are keeping at least 2 and making a spot just for them in your yard. I enjoy all of your posts about your chickens. And I just love their chicken coop! I am so glad we are past the 3 digit temps. Now when they say it will be in the 80's, it seems hot to us. We have been waking up to temps in the 40's and it is wonderful. Makes Fall seem so close now. Have a great day!

Daniela @Frugal Aint Cheap said...

I just can't do chickens...I take care of a few that my friend has when she is gone...other than that, I am a "chicken" when it comes to chickens

The Gingerbread Gem said...

I think it's great that you wanted to let the chicken roam free, but I can imagine you can't keep up with the poo and destruction. That's why we (in our country: Belgium) fence them. I have two chickens, but they stopped laying eggs a couple of weeks ago. I don't know why :(.

Goedele

20 North Ora said...

Elaine - The photos of your chickens is so cute!! They must be characters. Sounds like you are hard at work!

Judy

NanaDiana said...

Looks like you have a busy week ahead of you. I am glad you are going to keep at least 2 of your chickens. xo Diana

Teresa@oursoutherncountryhomeandfarm said...

You sound like hubby when it comes to your chicks. He likes for his to be able to roam also, and thankfully we have plenty of room. I washed our camper today, that is a job! You sound really, really busy.

Tammy ~ Country Girl at Home ~ said...

You are a busy gal, Elaine! Hope your camper sells quickly for you! And I'm learning a little at a time about chickens as I would like to get some. Glad you found a way to keep two!

Have a great week!
Tammy

Maple Lane said...

Hi Elaine, I think you have made a good choice keeping two of the chickens and sharing the other two with Kris. All the cleaning of the yard this winter would get very tiring. I've never tried growing orchids. I hope you'll share the blooms later. The trailer looks great; I'm sure you'll have success selling it. Have a good night. Mildred

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

I finally made the time to organize my pantry and clean house today. That doesn't leave much time for blogging, however.....

You have been busy, too! I know you are going to miss two of your girls, but I don't blame you for your decision at all.

Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

I loved this post Elaine. It seems everywhere I read people are posting about 'the practicle' parts of their day.
Too bad about the chickens. Glad to hear they are being taken to a good home. At least in your yard...there'll be room for everybody and you can still have your eggs.
Hope you sell your camper. I'd love to just get mine on the road. We've stalled out on the rebuild. All in good time I say.
I like your weekly to-do... I hope it works to have it where you can see it! I should do something like that. I used to do this all the time, when the kids were home.

you have my wheels turning.Pat

The Chickens' Auntie said...

I'm happy that you're keeping 2 of your girls, even if only temporarily. If it doesn't work out, I'm sure your friend Kris will give them a happy home. We created a 'playpen' for ours out of chicken wire that we can put up, control where they roam, put them away and then take down. It seems to work well.
I'd LOVE to buy your camper, but am no where near you -- TOO BAD!
What a great idea to post your to-do list! That would certainly spur me on to get my tasks done... If you lived here in Michigan, though, you'd be getting out the snow shovel instead of planting fall tomatoes. :-)

Leslie said...

That's the thing about having animals.. they bring us just as much work as they do joy.
Sounds like you have been a busy girl. I hope the weather cools down for you soon. : )

ImSoVintage said...

Sorry to hear that two of your girls are having to leave, but it must be difficult with a small yard and children. Hope you don't miss them too much.

Hugs,
Laura

Tania @ Out Back said...

Sorry to hear about your chickens Elaine. They are messy creatures, apart from the poop, they scratch everything to bits. Ours have a very big run area, but hubby lets them out occasionally and what do they do? They come around to the front garden and demolish it. I have given up trying to grow flowers etc, and they leave their calling cards (poop) all along the veranda! I still love having them though. I have had chickens all my life...

I hope you find a buyer for your lovely trailer soon, it certainly looks like a good one. I never had any luck with orchids either, they grew well but never flowered...

Hope the weather is nicer for you soon :)

xx

Kerin said...

Sounds like you've got some great plans there.

Have fun at the nursery, and best of luck selling your trailer.

Glad you were able to find a new, happy home for 2 of your 'girls'.

Muddy Boot Dreams said...

Ah ha so she spilled the dirt on backyard chicken raising, just teasing. I've often wondered how people deal with the chicken poop, but didn't want to ask.

It's a tough decision to make, but they sound like they will love the new home.

Good luck on selling your trailer, I hope it goes quickly.

Put the orchid in bright not hot morning sun, that might help.

Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

lulumusing said...

Change of season must have you wanting to get things done. Maybe next week I'll get the urge.

andrea@townandprairie said...

Aww, I'm so sorry, did you have a run for your chickens? We had run adjacent to our coop that our girls had free access to... then we would let them out ouf their run for just a few hours. But we have almost an acre...we did not have evidence of poop anywhere b/c they spread out all over. I'm dying to move to a farm so we can get chickens again. Our search is on! The plummage on your hens is beautiful!

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