Befuddled

Aren’t these spider lilies beautiful?

spider liliesLike  their relation the  Surprise Lilies, they just come up out of the ground when you least expect them. What a blessing! Thought I would start this post on a positive note… 🙂

Especially on a day like this when I am overwhelmed and befuddled. I can’t even speak here of all the situations, but two of them happen to be the garden and the chickens and that is what this blog is all about.

October is right around the corner and October last year was when I got my first chickens. 14 Marans chicks and 4 Welsummer hens, 1 cuckoo Marans hen and 1 Barred Rock.

Today I have from the chicks 1 rooster and 4 hens, 1 of the  4 Welsummers, and the 1 cuckoo Marans.  I also have 2 Ameraucanas. I sure have lost a lot of chickens… 😦

I know that the 2 Ameraucanas are laying 5 to 6 eggs a week and occasionally I get a brown egg from the Welsummer and one dark brown one from one of the Marans.  This morning I penned them all up in what  Sleepinghorse terms the naughty room. And the reason for this is to find out if any of them are making nests like Emma did. I want to know who is laying and who is not, and how many eggs I should be getting a day.

Emma is the other dilemma!

I thought it best to move her and her 14 eggs and then I began to think about the fact that the embryos in those eggs are probably pretty well formed by now and wondered if it would be detrimental to move them at this stage. They should be beginning to hatch in about a week. I looked again on line and found many who had moved the eggs and the mama hen abandoned them. I would just hate this. So we decided to take the chance and let them hatch out and then move them. They are right under our bedroom window, so we should be able to easily hear any ruckus that goes on.

While I was writing this, I heard a strange noise outside and I ran to see as I am totally on alert now until the chicks hatch… It was Emma coming out for a quick bite to eat. I ran to the kitchen and got some oats and leftover tuna…

Emma 3

She gobbled this up and then fluffed her feathers…

Emma 4

And while she was stretching and sunning I took a peek at her eggs…

marans eggs

Still 14…

Then there is my pathetic fall garden. Every leaf of every plant that I planted from seed has been eaten up, and I don’t even know what the culprit is. So no fall garden this year, or do I go out and buy some plants?…Like I said, I am befuddled.

I guess I’ll just take one thing at a time…

spider

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14 thoughts on “Befuddled

    • Thanks so much. I hope so too. Something good is bound to happen, right? Compared to what you are going through, I have nothing to complain about. Hope you all are doing better. I have to read your posts and get updated. 🙂

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  1. Taking one thing at a time is a really good idea.Argh!! .I can only imagine how upsetting this is!!! I am so sorry for the loss of your chickens. And I do hope it all works out with Emma! As for the garden…I am trying to learn my self to just move on if something doesn’t work try something else. Maybe it is buying some transplants or planting other seeds , something that will grow quickly in pots through the fall & winter. You never know till you try! I also think that is the fun part of gardening…if we can get past what doesn’t work, it is finding out what does!

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    • You know that may be a great idea…to grow in pots out on my porch and then move them inside. If one constantly shuffles things around perhaps we can outsmart all the little critters. Thanks, Thelma. You always have the best ideas. 🙂

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  2. I think the cute little chickies will be good for you. Emma looks like a good mama and hoping for fertile eggs. As for the garden, I have no advise, mine sucked this year… But there is always next year. And the spider lily looks like a new painting…???

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