Wednesday, April 15, 2015

And Then There Were Four

It was a bad, sad day here on my little homestead.
Lily, my white easter egger chicken got out of the extended run and Dexter got her.  
He hurt her pretty bad so I took her up the the vet and she mercifully put her out of her misery.
Lily was the one of the flock that liked to fly over things so I think that is the only way she could've gotten out.
There is a little opening where she could've made it and I didn't see she was loose before the dogs went out.
I feel horrible.
Poor little Lily.
She was one of my two easter eggers that laid green eggs.
She was the "rebel", never coming when I'd call the flock back from the yard.  I'd always have to go herd her in.
Her tuffs of feathers by her beak were always dirty because she'd get them wet then go scratch and peck around in the dirt.

She never would get on my lap like the others but she was always very inquisitive.
You'll be missed little girl.




Shirley

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Chickens, Horses and Dogs Ta-Da

I've been a little lax on the blog!
I have a ferocious spring time cold!!
This is the most I've done in a few days.  I may have to cancel Easter dinner and have it the following week!
I don't think I feel good enough for all that!

Anyway, before my cold. I took some pics of my animals.

The nicer weather (finally) meant that the chickens at least get to go out into their outer run where there's good things to scratch and peck at under those old leaves.


A short trip to the barn to see my boys and check out the two new horses that arrived.
Echo and Preacher say hello!


Sarah, barn owner, got a new little barn pony.  His name is "Squirt"!
He is soooo cute.
Look at that wild hair-do!!


The other horse in for training is a beautiful black arab-cross.
His name is "Cowboy"

In the meantime, at home, Spirit thinks he found a stick in the house.
No Spirit, that's a fireplace log!!!


Dexter and little girl Spirit.
They are always very attentive when I'm eating!!!!

Hoping to feel a little better tomorrow!

Shirley

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Terrariums

I am anxiously waiting to start gardening outside but it's not quite time here in NE Ohio!
It's still 30-40 degrees most days.
That is maddening when it is now "spring" and the temperature won't co-operate!

I never made a terrarium before but thought it was a good way to get my hands in some dirt and do a little miniature gardening!

I read up on how to do it and watched some YouTube videos.
I went out and got some supplies spending way too much money on some things I probably could've found around my yard.
It's the little miniature figures that are hard to find that are just the right size.

The containers I did find around the house.
The first one I made in this covered container.

Starting with the stones in the bottom and building from there.
I named this one "Tea Time" of course.


This little fawn is hiding in the back.

My second one is much bigger (and heavier!)
I found this large covered container in my basement.  I've had it a long time and never knew what to do with it.
I'm making these on my kitchen counter and making a big mess.

This one is called "My Garden".  I have to find some mini vegetables to put in that fenced area!

I set it here to show you the size but it needs to be in a window with lots of light.

The third one is just in this small round glass open bowl because it has all succulents in it and doesn't need to be moist
Well, that's what I did in my spare time the other dreary day.

I also have to get going and start some flower seed indoors too.

SPRING, where are you hiding!!!!!

Shirley

Partying with "From the Farm Hop"




Friday, March 13, 2015

I Shouldn't Be Eating This!


Before I started counting carbs again I had gotten a tube of Pillsbury Cinnabon rolls!!
Well, I couldn't just throw them away and they would soon go out of date.
Well . . . .
I made a loaf of monkey bread.
I don't really like the glaze that comes with it plus there's never enough of it.
I made my own caramel topping.
I melted a stick of butter and added about 3/4 cup of packed brown sugar.
Added a splash of vanilla . . .
Then I cut up an apple in little pieces and added it to the glaze.
I cut each bun in 5-6 pieces.  Placed them in the bottom of a loaf pan I had sprayed with Pam.
Then just poured the glaze over it and put it in an oven at 325 degrees for about 50 minutes.
When done, cool for 10 minutes then turn upside down on a plate till it comes out.
Oh Yummmmm!
I shouldn't be eating this!!

Shirley

Sunny and 50!

This seems like such a big deal after the horribly cold and snowy winter we've had.
50 degrees seems like 70 at this point!!
When you have dogs and I have two, there is the wonderful spring time job of cleaning up when the snow melts.
  I spent an hour this morning just cleaning up the driveway and places where the ground isn't still frozen/.  It's too hard to walk on the snow at this point because it's covered with a thick layer of ice.
This will be an ongoing job now.
I filled the bird feeders.  However there is so much seed under the feeders now that I think I should just let the birdies and other animals that come at night, clean that up first.




My driveway is clear but it will take some time for the wall of snow at the end to melt down!!


I visited my chickens and sat with them awhile.  They all want to get on my lap at once!!
They are so happy that there's no snow in their run!!

Spirit watches the chickens but doesn't seem all that interested like Dexter does.  


I see my downspout needs fixed.
Along with a hefty turning of the compost pile and burning my big burn pile.  It will get even bigger as I clean up the debris in the yard.
I need to call my handyman and get on his list!!



Lots of evidence that deer have been in the yard; both front, inside the picket fence, and in the back.
All near the bird seed that I'm sure they like too.
I never see them though.
They must come way after dark.

It'll be so nice to see flowers beyond this sign instead of snow!!
Soon, I hope!!
OK, time for lunch and some tea.

Shirley

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

An Interesting Visitor


A couple evenings ago I just happened to be looking out my kitchen window and saw a good sized opossum (possum) coming out from under the porch to feed under my bird feeder.
I'm glad I remembered to take some video!!

It didn't seem to see me watching her and went on slowly eating.  Even after I showed it to Dexter who whined a little, she seemed perfectly content.  I've learned that their eyesight isn't the best.
In fact here's a few interesting things about possums.
They are the only marsupial in the U.S. and Canada!!
They don't carry rabies!
They have supper immunity systems and are immune from most diseases!
They are not rodents.
They are not dirty.  They constantly groom themselves like cats do.
(However an infected possum can be a definitive host for the protozoa that causes cases of EPM in horses.  So possums near horse barns are a problem)
They are good tree climbers.
They can grasp things with their tail but do not hang upside down.
The babies are born a short 12 days after breeding and crawl up into the mother's pouch where they connect to a teat.  They stay there until they are big enough to get around on the ground which is 70-80 days.  They stay in the dens with mom till they're about 3 1/2 months old.
The possum have numerous dens and move about every 3-4 days.
So this little guy probably isn't under my porch any longer.
I guess that's why Dexter isn't digging a tunnel to get under there!
They are omnivores.  They have been on earth since dinosaur times and that is probably due to the fact that they can eat anything!  They are scavengers.
Here are some good sites to learn more if you want:





Shirley

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

A First in the Hen House

Well, I collected my first "fart egg" also called a wind egg, witch egg, fairy egg or cock's egg.
They are not uncommon and happen when a tiny piece of tissue gets into the chicken's oviduct and their body mistakes it for a yolk and builds an egg around it.
It's about the size of a bantam's egg, the shell is usually harder and very often is yolkless.
This one was green so one of my easter eggers laid it.
Strange little happenings in chickendom!



Shirley
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