Monday, February 17, 2020

Egg Basket Time



Its that time again.  Spring is in the air, the daylight hours are longer, the weather is warming (sort of), and the chickens are starting to lay more eggs.  It takes roughly 23-26 daylight hours to form an egg.  I have had a rare occurrence where a hen laid 2 eggs in one day, but it was also due to the timing from when the egg before that was made.

I'm pretty sure one of the new pullets we hatched is going to be an olive egger.  Her eggs seem a little more olive than blue or lighter green.  We'll see how that progresses.  I never take for granted the awesomeness of being able to walk into my back yard and collect delicious eggs from happy hens.

We had to cull another rooster and I also gave another rooster away with 5 hens this weekend.  We are now down to 47 chickens (40 hens and 7 roosters) and 2 ducks.  The next day the crew were all upset enough that they only laid about half the eggs they usually do.  There were a few more eggs today, so hopefully, they have settled back down.  If you don't already have chickens and you have the opportunity to do so, I highly recommend them!

Friday, February 7, 2020

Princess Time!



What's sweeter than a daughter and her daddy?  A daughter and her daddy at the Daddy Daughter Princess Ball!  Little Bug is still into everything princess so when I found out (almost too late!) about this year's Daddy Daughter Ball I signed them up.  They went for the first time last year and had a blast.  This year was no exception, they enjoyed it equally as well.

It's important for dads to show their daughters how they should be treated.  The early years are a good time to start building the foundation of what you would like your daughter to expect as God's princess.  God has a plan and purpose for each of our lives and in most cases, marriage is no exception.  What better role model than a godly man she calls daddy to show her not just how she should be treated but also how she should act and behave that is becoming a princess.

More precious memories for her memory book and another step closer to tomorrow.  The days go by quickly and it's nice to cherish the memories along the way.

Friday, January 31, 2020

Decisions



Raising chickens is fun and relaxing, but when you raise them for eggs and meat, there comes a time when decisions have to be made.  It's the part I don't like.  My chickens are my pets to some degree, but they are also farm animals that have a purpose.  We have some that indeed are our pets and will be with us until they perish of natural causes.  The rest serve a purpose on our farm.  They provide my family with eggs and meat.  They live a good life and I know what goes into them that then goes into feeding my family.  They are processed humanely and we appreciate their sacrifice to feed us.  We are blessed to be able to have them and provide good food for our family.

When I first started with chickens, I had no idea I would become so hooked and that they would also provide us with peace and entertainment.  There's something to be said about just going out and spending time with them.  They are not only calming but also quite comical.  They have provided us with many laughs over the past 6 years.

This past year produced way more roosters than we need and now it has come time to cull a few more.  We processed a few about a week or so ago, and I was hoping to be able to keep the other two, but it looks like they will have to go too.  Maybe someday I can have a rooster sanctuary where I can keep a few extras, but not for now.  My heart breaks a little when I get so attached, but I also realize all the more how much I appreciate their provision for our family.
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