Wednesday, March 18, 2009

The Ugly Stage

The baby chickens have entered the UGLY stage. And poor Fred is the ugliest of them all. They have about two more weeks in the pool, then they will be introduced to the outside world and the older chickens. We are not going to put them in the same area yet, but next to each other so they can all acclimate to more members of the flock. Here are some pictures from today that I took. I tried to get individual ones, but I could not get a hold of them without help and Hubby was busy.This is the group shot, I tried to get as many as I could, but they weren't so excited about me sticking the camera in the cage.In the foreground are a couple of Rhode Island Reds, right now they are the most skittish.Here is the Dark Cornish. They are curious, but don't stay close for too long.This is a Buff Orpington. She's the most curious of the group. She would get right up next to my hand, but wouldn't let me pick her up.And poor Fred, always in the middle or underneath the others. He's the smallest, so I think he just keeps his head down and out of the way. He has lost the fuzz on his head and is beginning to get his pin feathers.


About a week and a half ago, we lost Dinner. We aren't sure how she died but we found her under the coop one morning when we went to feed the big chickens. She's better off, because we believe that her heart was stressed from the weight of her body. And we are going to be less one more chicken by the first part of April. Delicious is meant for the pot. He is getting super aggressive, and too big to support himself anymore. He's having trouble walking, breathing, and getting into the coop at night. We didn't ever intend to keep him indefinitely, so this isn't a new thing for us.
The rest of March and April are going to be busy months for Hubby and I. With Hubby's new calling, and my current one, we have a lot going on. We are also trying to be more social, and get the garden in. We have lots and lots going on and are grateful that it's nice weather this week and weekend.
We also have Hubby's Dad and step-Mom coming to visit. This trip will be a fun one, or at least not so many things to do in so little time. Hubby's Dad was just down at the end of last month anyway and he and Hubby got a lot done during that visit. They got the camper trailer moved and hooked up utilities next to the building. They also got more shelves put up in the building for more stuff to be organized. They ordered and plotted out placed for 19 fruit and nut trees this year. We also have 35 strawberry plants, 6 raspberry plants, 1 black berry, 4 grape vines, and a mini banana tree (still to come). Hubby has been super busy trying to get cedar trees cut down to make room to put fruit trees up. So if anyone lives close, you're all welcome to come and do come gardening with us.
I guess that's all for now, just trying to stay ahead of the game.