A Green Egg

I have one Ameraucana hen and she’s with that youngest batch . . unless you count the ones that just hatched but she’s in with the Anconas, the Buff Lace Polish,some of “Wilbur’s kids”, which are Dominiques from our older chickens, one black cochin that I’m still not sure if it’s a rooster or a hen, and a few others that we hatched early last summer. I think they hatched in mid to late May and I knew they were going to start laying soon. Vince fixed up their nesting boxes before I left to go MO and today I went out to check for eggs and myone Ameraucana was sitting on the nest. I just went back out there and there was a greenish egg and a white egg so two of those chickens laid their first eggs today.

Eggs

Eggs

The egg is much greener in real life but it’s definitely from the Ameraucana. The smaller white egg on the right top is the other new egg. I believe the Buff Polish lay white eggs, as do the Anconas. Everyone else in that coop will lay brown eggs, I think!

The very dark brown egg on the left side of the photo is from the Marans. We now have white, cream, tan, brown, dark brown and green eggs! I’m a happy chicken mama!

Feeding the Hungry Jars and Critters

This morning I had to laugh. I fixed breakfast, then when Vince left for work, I fed the dogs, which means putting Rita out to eat. The minute she’s done eating, she wants to come back in but I leave her out til I get done with the chickens. That gives her time to do her “bizness” but she’s ready to come back in the minute she’s finished eating.

Rita Wanting In

Rita Wanting In

As soon as it was light enough to see where I was walking, I went out to take care of the chickens and make sure their feed and water was good enough to get them through the day. Next, check on Boots, clean out the litter box and make sure he has food and fresh water.

Then, I came back inside, showered and began feeding the stuff in jars!

Things to Feed

Things to Feed

Left side, front and back – two jars of sourdough, different varieties.

Middle front is the kefir that I strained out. Middle back is the new milk added to the kefir grains to ferment today.

Right front is water kefir to go into the fridge for second ferment. I’ve added raw sugar so that’s why it’s that color. Right back is fresh water kefir that will brew for the next couple of days.

Kefir Grains

Kefir Grains

These are the water kefir grains. Like the milk kefir grains, they will grow so I’m going to weight them with each new addition and see how much and how quickly they grow.

All the critters are fed. All the jars are fed. I can knit for a few minutes before it’s time to begin working on lunch for Vince! There surely are a lot of things to feed around here!

The Fall Garden

It’s time to get the Fall garden planting finished. There’s still half the garlic left to plant but since I have to position each seed with the right end up, I have to do a lot of squatting and my foot is still too sore to do all that.  I was able to finish up the seeds that I can just drop in the holes!

Garden Corner

Garden Corner

In this spot, there’s carrots, spinach, lettuce, radicchio, cabbage and radishes.

I had about given up on trying to mark what’s planted where. When I used those white plastic markers, the sun was so hard on them that they would get so brittle and even a water hose bumping them would cause them to shatter. I tried writing on wooden craft sticks and the sun didn’t run them but they still got tromped on broken or the weeds grew over them and I couldn’t even find them.

Then I thought . . rocks! We have a lot of leftover rocks from when they built our house and the rocks from the other house the former owns built got dumped on our land so we have those. I took a Sharpie and wrote on the rocks and we’ll see how that works.

Marking the Garden

Marking the Garden

We’ll see how that works out. It’s kinda hard to lose a rock that size and hopefully the weeds won’t completely cover it up. If the Sharpie begins to fade, before it gets completely impossible to read, I can go over it again with the marker, if needed.

Once I get the rest of the garlic planted, I should have room to plant beets and onions. Some time during the winter, we’ll clean out the rest of what’s left in there and do another planting in late January or early February. Some days I feel really lucky that we can garden all year here and some days, I wish I had a break from it all!