Baby Lamb…Baby Fennel…Blackberries…

I should have titled this Soft-shelled Egg Slush and Green Spinach Smoothies, but I thought I would be nice…;)

No, really, there are some wonderful things going on here, even though it seems we are surrounded by multiple sad situations and even some horrendous circumstances that are going on in the world around us. But I will talk about some of the good things…

The baby lamb…

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Her mama didn’t have any milk and the other ewes rejected her, so this little lamb is being bottle fed by the shepherd son and in this pic, my little grand-daughter. 🙂

The baby fennel…

Baby Fennel

I’m so excited about this…my goal is to have a crop of fennel. I tried last year and failed. Hope I can do it this year. 🙂 My baby celery is looking good too.

Blackberries…

Yesterday we went over to a wonderful friend’s house, and she gave us about 40 blackberry plants…After we dug them up and brought them home I planted some in two different places…It’s raining today, so this looks a little bleak right now, but I’m hoping to have an incredible blackberry patch this year.

 

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Green Spinach Smoothies…

Really, they are not that bad…Along with my lemon juice in the morning, Green Pasture Fermented Cod Liver Oil, and Bone Broth, I have been eating a Green Smoothie every day. This is for my health, and even though I am not completely healed, I’ve made a lot of improvement. Just to share a little…last November I found that my bite was off. One of my wisdom teeth was sore, but other teeth seemed sore as well. My gums were not bleeding, but I couldn’t chew because of my bite. I thought perhaps I had a bad case of TMJ, so I tried relaxing my jaw, and discovered that I clenched my teeth quite a bit. I finally went to the dentist and he gave me a shocking diagnosis. He told me that I had periodontal disease, and that I had to have 3 of my wisdom teeth pulled, and that the other one was not so bad, but we’ll pull that too, and while we’re at it 2 of my molars. That’s 6 teeth!!!  I know most people have already had their wisdom teeth pulled, so that may not have been such a big thing to him, but to me it was absolutely shocking. He told me that if I didn’t get this done right away that my face would swell up, and that I needed to get on antibiotics right away.

I went home and started taking colloidal silver instead of an antibiotic. I searched the internet and found lots of testimonies of what many different people did to heal periodontal disease and heal their teeth. I have incorporated almost everything I’ve read about into my diet and routine. But I’ll share that in another post.

For now my green smoothie recipe…

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1 apple or 3/4 cup blueberries
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup raw milk
1/2 cup yogurt (vanilla honey)
I scoop raw meal ( Garden of Life)
1 scoop carrot powder
1 tsp. coconut oil
1 cup spinach or kale

Blend this up really well. Sometimes I add a teaspoon of chia seed as well. I can’t always drink the whole thing at one time, so I’ll save some for later in the day. This was really great when I couldn’t chew well. But I can chew now, even though my bite isn’t perfect yet, it is so much better.

Now to the not so nice thing…

Prepare yourself…

This is yucky…

The Soft-shelled Egg…

Today I found this in the nesting box along with a runny egg yolk…

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I know it’s so yucky, but I’m thinking that one or both of my easter-egger hens is trying to lay again. They both look so healthy, but haven’t been laying any eggs for about 6 months now. These particular birds were bred to lay a lot of eggs. So again in searching the internet, I found that this can happen as older birds are beginning to lay again. I’m really hoping that is what it is.

My other 6 Marans hens gave me 6 healthy eggs today, so I know it wasn’t them…

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So enough of the good and the bad and the ugly…

I hope you all have a great weekend! 🙂

What Came First?

I was looking through the new Country Living magazine this morning and came across this sculpture by UK artist Kyle Bean.

093d8fd34241f3dddfb998c9f74d7024.560.0.0.0.90Sculpture made from egg shells by Kyle Bean

How clever is that?  I just had to share it with all of you chicken lovers out there…

Speaking of chickens mine are doing fine now. No more drama… I still have one Marans rooster, Darcy, and 6 Marans hens and 2 easter eggers, and I get about 3-4 Marans eggs a day.

The easter eggers have not laid an egg for 6 months. They look nice and healthy, but I wonder if they are finished laying? I don’t think they are that old.

Anyway, I need to buy some more hens…just haven’t found the right ones yet.

Abandoned…

I  had the broody hen and her eggs pretty much confined to her coop, and she was looking kind of strange. Her comb looked as if it were turning white. I know that they do get pale, but it looked too pale. In reading again about the health of your broody hens, I noticed the article said that sometimes you have to force the hen to get off the nest, so that she will eat and poop, and that it was imperative for her to do this to stay healthy. So I opened the coop and coaxed her off the nest and she came flying out, swooping down to enjoy a bit of freedom.

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I watched her for awhile as she went about her business, and then came back up to the house assuming that she would go back into the coop and resume laying. That was a mistake. Three hours later when I went down to close up the coop for the night she was not on her eggs, and they were cold.

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Here again, I live and learn, it’s always the unexpected, it seems. The good thing is that I think there is another hen that may be going broody, but I’m only getting 1-2 eggs a day.

I’ll keep you posted if we are expecting again…And this time I will know to keep a better eye on the hen.

I feel so sorry for her this morning…she is in a tizzy… I feel like it is my fault.

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Expecting Again…

I waited until the brutal heat of summer was almost over to let one of the broody hens lay on some eggs…

 

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We took her and the 9 eggs out of the nesting box and placed her in the chick coop “nursery”. It went really well, and she is doing a great job keeping those eggs warm. I’m only getting 1 egg a day now, so I’ve put two more eggs under her since then for a total of 11 eggs, all Marans eggs except one, and if that one is a hen she’ll probably be an olive egger.

One of the hens has been broody for 3 months, but she has finally snapped out of it, and it sure has taken its toll on her. I guess after she molts and gets some new feathers, she’ll look good again. I hope.

So we’re expecting again sometime in the next 2 1/2 weeks to 3 weeks. And the others are waiting patiently…

 

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My Most Coppery Brown Marans Egg Ever and a Giveaway

After being gone for a week I found these in the kitchen…

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Maybe I need to leave more often 😉

The hens are really starting to lay, finally… and here is the darkest most coppery brown Marans egg yet…

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I’m saving up the dark ones just in case a hen goes broody. 🙂

We have some more beautiful colors happening here besides the copper eggs…

Lilacs 2014

Lilacs and creeping phlox…

phlox 2014

Beautiful tulips and irises that my daughter picked the night before we had another freeze…

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I just had to paint these…you can see what I did at

a little corner of the artist in me

Speaking of paintings…I’ve been meaning to have a giveaway for months now, but life has been a bit different lately, and I’m in the process of moving my mother to live with us. My goal was to do another giveaway painting when I had 100 followers on this blog and now I have 105. So to thank you all for following me, and all your encouragement and good advice and your great blogs that I’m trying to keep up with…

RAINBOOTS Giveaway…

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This is a 6″ x 6″ original oil painting on a gallery wrapped canvas with a little surprise on the side…

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Just leave me a comment and follow me if you haven’t already, and  on April 28th I will announce the winner.

Hope you all have a wonderful week. 🙂

Thinking a Little…

My gardening daughter Anna reminded me that it was time to think about the garden. Time goes by quickly and before you know it we will be planting again. Another year…I wonder what it will bring?

Looking through the latest addition of the Country Gardens magazine, Anna was inspired by this gorgeous lay out…

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She might even try to make those climbing towers out of palettes. Go Anna… 🙂

So here is what our garden plan is for next spring…

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It’s fun to dream, isn’t it? One dream come true though, and that  is my copper colored eggs and my blue/green eggs…

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Almost every day I get 2 blue/green Ameraucana eggs and 2 copper Marans eggs, despite all the problems we have had with predators. So cool!

I’ll be back with some new ideas for the garden … like fennel. Has anyone tried growing fennel? It has some wonderful nutrients that we would all benefit from. 🙂

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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…

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She gobbled this up and then fluffed her feathers…

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

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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…

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