Thursday, August 8, 2013

Mini Farm Update

In my backyard I am trying to be more self sufficient. I have 4 chickens for eggs and entertainment, a veggie garden and a bee hive. I live on  an 1/8 of an acre so I don't have much room but I am doing the best I can with what I have.

This video was recorded soon after we got back from Iceland. Since then the rooster (Cowboy) has gotten a new home and we got a Black Ameraucana Pullet as a trade. She is only 4 months so it will be a while before she lays her blue eggs.

First eggs laid in our backyard the day after we got them back from the friend that was nice enough to watch the chickens while I was in Iceland. The chickens started laying for her while I was in Iceland.

 One of the ladies kept laying double yokers and did that for almost a week straight.
You see the difference. The one on the bottom is the double yoker. You can tell be the thick band in the middle of it. 

 They made a nest under the deck so I put a bucket next box under there and they made a next right next to it so that I have to crawl under there to get them.


Chipmunk the Cream Legbar should start laying blue eggs by the end of the month and Mathilda the Australorp is the one that laid that egg next to the nest box.


Buff the Buff Orpington laid an egg for me this morning that I had already collected. She is like clockwork while Mathilda is a little off laying either double yokers, shell less eggs or oddly shaped eggs.


This is our new girl! A black Ameraucana and we named her Crow. She both looks like one and sounds like one when you pick her up.


 Sunflowers are really the only thing that I have grown well this year.


 My crazy overgrown garden.



As you can see in the video my garden is really overgrown since I went to Iceland and it was not being taken care of. I have had a hard time keeping up with it after mom died so I'm being kind to myself and not beating myself up for it. 


As you can see that the second deep is not full at all. They have a ways to go before there will be honey to harvest. The First Deep is full thought so that is good. 

How is your summer going? Growing anything? Knitting anything?



Wanting to read the book The Urban Homestead. Any of you read it? Is it any good?

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