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Spring Chickens

One with the chicks.

As you can see…

She’s not enjoying them at all.

Green on green on green

Zzzzzzz

Cardinal on her nest

First there were 3 little cardinals, then 2, then 1, then none. Bad spot for a nest? Hopefully photographing it didn’t disturb them. Maybe the black rat snakes are out hunting (even though we haven’t seen them yet)? Spring can be brutal.

At school the kids were drawing/contemplating a dead bird that met its end by flying into the school window.

We saw a run-over copperhead snake on our road (3rd one this spring!)! Again, a brutal spring for some. Exhibit D: the awful flooding in our area (we are up high and were thankfully not affected other than the kids having a week off school and bad traffic). All of the chicks are happily still alive and have enjoyed pecking around the yard (we’ve kept a close eye on them) but are still spending their nights in the comfort of our living room (in a bin).

Coop site planning

We cleared out a pretty good sized area.

And Smoochie…

Got the base of the coop built! Woo!

We also moved the rabbits out to this area; so the bunnies and the chickens will be neighbors.

Hey neighbor!

They caught some worms and the kids exclaimed, “I thought they were vegetarians!?”

Me: “No, look at them they’re like little velociraptors (especially when they blink).”

What’re you looking at?

Holding Specky

Check out Specky’s leopard print feathers!!

Puff Puff helping to weed the garden

I LOVE the salmon favorelle’s feathery feet!

Springy abstract sculpture

Chickens are way more well behaved than bunnies. I spent like 45 minutes one night last week (during the heavy rain) trying to catch Bun-Bun in the woods.

Cinco de Mayo

Goldie admiring the lovely edges of the garden plots

Where we planted…

Red Foliated Cotton (image from Baker Creek) 

We have never tried growing cotton before; very exciting!

Dexie has been nice

Hopefully she will never discover that they taste like chicken!


So for any of you that are considering getting chickens; there is a ton of information out there in internet world about raising chicks but I wanted to give you the most important #1 tip we’ve learned so far about keeping chickens:

Just wing it.

BAHahahahahah

Happy Easter 2017!

Happy Easter!

After church, the kids made out well in the egg hunt.

Which was good since I didn’t make Easter baskets this year. Instead opting for a big surprise…

We visited a farm…

Hey! Wrong holiday!

That’s more like it!!!

And we are now the proud owners of seven baby chicks!

“Specky”

Specky is a Speckled Sussex. She reminds me of a hawk but we couldn’t think of any hawk-ish names.

“Cleo”

Cleo is Black Lace Silver Wyandotte. We also have Goldie, a Red Sexlink, two Salmon Faverolles (Leslie and Peep) and two Austrolorps (April and Buffy). I am loving all of these unique names of chicken breeds!! The Spy mandated a “Chicken Naming Lockdown” Hahahah and we weren’t allowed to do anything until we named them all; ha!

Here’s their setup while they are little and Smoochie will be building the coop ASAP!

We’ve moved the seedlings outside to harden off (they were where the chicks now are). And in other garden news…

We finally figured out what kind of trees these are:

Bradford Pear: the non-native trash tree of St. Louis. In fact, in a quick search I found a very entertaining and informative post (the writer’s annual “Bashing of the Bradford”!) that called them “evil”, “despicable” and asserted that it is “negligent” to plant them. I’m convinced and they will be going bye-bye. We would like to replace them with fruit trees (someone gave them to us and we thought they were fruit trees). Pretty white flowers yes, but…

If you want to save the world, cut down your Bradford pear trees.

Ha! Back to the chicks…

GAaaaahhh they are so cute!

The kids were just slightly excited about all of this!

In keeping with the chicken theme, we also decorated eggs this year (which for some reason we have rarely done).

And it’s Easter so of course we can’t forget our bunnies!

Hahahha

No bunnies were harmed in the making of this photo…

Or this one! Ha! She just likes to chase them. They don’t seem to mind too much.

Dogwood

Happy Easter to you all!! Thanks for visiting!

Springing, Swinging

Withering tulip

Old, new

Spy Garden 4.10.17: in an effort to not be a perfectionist I have not cropped out the neighbor’s trashcans or the powerlines (which I normally do: is that crazy?! hahaah)

And is it really perfectionism or just creating a harmonious composition?!

Harvesting…

Lots of edible wild things; dandelions and their greens, henbit, violets, dock (made into a delicious salad)

Keeping the asparagus patch well-picked

Love how these tulips look even when withering away

Loads of garlic; in this shot you can see an older (probably 3 year old) garlic plant in the foreground and then one and two year old plants in the background

Young spring garlic (used the same as regular garlic, just not in clove form yet!)

Tomatoes!

It is very early for tomatoes to go in the ground so I left some inside under the grow lights but since it has been so warm and I had so many seedlings I went ahead and risked it; so we’ll see! Our average last frost date is April 21st but it has been a very mild winter.

New sights on the same old trails

Old kiln

May Apple I

May Apple II

Garden ready for planting

Dogwood

“Are those even real?”

Cardinal (female)

Chattering male Cardinal saying “GO CARDS!”

Opening week at Busch Stadium!

I hadn’t been to a game in a few years and it was so cool to see this; I once worked at Perficient! (a local IT company)

One of his friends got to throw out the first pitch!

Cardinal-red tulip

Ballpark village (seen from inside the stadium)

Another view of the Perficient Perch

More Cardinal red!

Lots of blue down there (Cubs fans)

We sat with his baseball team and who knew 11 year olds were so skilled in trash-talking! Ha!

Tigers opening week!

Tigers colors!

Playing third base

Happy Spring; hope your week is off to a good start!