Saturday, August 6, 2016

Pretty Pineapples!!

So, I have been growing pineapples plants I planted from pineapple tops for about 5 years or more now. I was told it takes about 2 or 3 years to produce fruit. Well, that just has not happened...

I put them outside about three weeks ago. I have not paid attention to them since I have put them outside. It has rained plenty and been plenty hot, so I have not worried about them at all.

Today, I checked on them. Lo and behold!!  I have a baby pineapple.




Sunday, July 3, 2016

Love Dove - Part II

My husband has spent the better part of the other day and today working on adding chicken wire to a chicken tractor for us to move Love Dove to within a day or so with her adopted eggs before they hatch...I wanted the babies to have a safe place to walk around in without the other hens being able to harm them.
  Love Dove before the relocation...

Well, tonight my cousin called that we got the eggs for Love Dove from and left a message that her eggs were hatching. So, I went into operation to get Love Dove moved tonight. The only safe place to put her and the eggs was in the old chicken hutch which we can lock for safety against other critters. I grabbed up an old coconut fiber plant shell and placed mail shreds in it for nesting material. She was not happy when I disturbed her...

It was a good thing to move them tonight...two of the eggs are pipped. 

I moved the eggs to the bottom of the chicken hutch. It has an upstairs of sorts with two nesting boxes. I thought it might be easier when the eggs hatched if the chicks didn't have to fall to the ground, but could kind of climb out of the nest to walk around. I am not sure Love Dove agreed with me. I do not think she realized her eggs and nest were on the ground. 

I thought she would figure it out. I thought wrong. She cackled for about an hour. I thought I would leave her alone and allow her to settle down about being moved and she would figure it all out. She did not. 

She did quiet down after about an hour. I went back outside to check on her. The eggs were alone on the bottom of the hutch and she was upstairs. I moved the eggs to the top portion and put her back on the eggs. She fussed when I moved her, but seemed to quiet down when she realized she was back with her eggs. I hope I did not make a misjudgment when I moved her and the eggs, but the nest she was in was quite high and last year we had chicks killed by other hens. I will check them in the morning...but, I hope everything works okay...

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Love Dove Egg Swap


Lately, we have had a very broody bantam hen. Our rooster was killed a while ago, so we know her eggs are not viable to hatch...but, she wants some chicks anyway. She has hatched a clutch before and is a great broody hen and a great mommy hen. 

Today, I went to my cousin's house and got some fertile eggs from her. Three regular eggs and 5 bantam eggs...almost more than my little Love Dove could hope for... 

She has been mad at me for the last few days for taking her eggs. Today, I disturbed her enough to slip some eggs under her...three times I disturbed her. Then she looked down and noticed all her "babies"...she went about cuckling and cooing and tucking them all up under her until she felt they were all neatly arranged. She fluffed herself out quite well then. 

We candled the bantam eggs I stuck under her and these should all be hatching in about a week or so. I will have to move her to a more confined space of her own to get ready for her babies!!  I do not know if the three larger eggs are even fertilized...and, I know I will have to move them to an incubator if they are when the other babies are born...but, I figure if they are fertilized, she might as well move the process along. :)

Once she noticed all her new babies (eggs), she was very happy tonight...

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Building a Slip Cover Mantle!!






 
 

Making Cabbage Chicken Salad Rolls = Yummy!!

Homemade chicken salad from chickens we raised...organic, no antibiotics, all natural!!

Steamed some cabbage...from the farmer's market!!


Making the rolls...


Dinner with homemade buttermilk ranch dressing dip...yummy!!