Thursday, January 12, 2012

Oh Ottawa Weather!

 Or why my blog post is now 6 hours late... (over the air internet)

Meg's dumped rain sheet
frozen solid!
Megs dumped her rain sheet sometime over night, so she's covered in icicles. I briefly considered going out with my little portable hair-dryer, but there was no way she was standing still for that one! So she's got her winter blanket on instead.

Me, hiding in the house from
the storm.
An entire morning of ice rain to add to our already treacherous yard, I'm counting the days until spring now...

 Only 3 more months...

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Coop Upgrade

I am a new feathers wearing!
 Some of the red stars have started to re-grow their feathers and I'm so glad! It means we're getting less eggs (although there is at least a dozen dozen in my fridge...) but I'm really happy to see the girls looking less straggly! You can see all her new feathers along her breast, there is a colour difference because the new feathers aren't fully formed yet.
Turkey pissed off the wrong Rooster!
 Someone got back at Tom here for going after the chicks...

 We got the former feed area of the coop fixed up at the top so the birds can't hop over the barrier any more. It's too bad because that is their favourite spot to roost, but also means I can keep the turkey completely separate at night.
They aren't too impressed with me

Which also means the chicks can
go back out to the coop!
They remember where the food is!
 Fully feathered, they're all out in the coop again, and seem to be doing very well. It's possible there is 1 hen in the bunch, but looks like a big batch of roosters. We'll be keeping Lenny's baby (the b&w on the right) and I'd like to keep the "raven" on the farthest left, if our other chick is a girl... well, looks like we'll  continue to have some very pretty chicks.

EE#1's nest got broken into again!

What she's supposed to be sitting on
 Not sure eggs in January is the best plan (eggs in November was a bit dicey!) but she's determined & I'll probably pull the chicks to raise them in the house as soon as they're hatched.

Good luck EE #3!
 Muscovy eggs take 31 days to hatch, chickens about 21 days. So there is little hope I can actually get her to sit on those eggs for the full hatch period, but there is no harm in trying.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

The goats got into the wires...

Slight technical delay, will be back to posting after tomorrow :).

Sunday, January 8, 2012


We had some visitors over the holidays, this is my father's 11 year old Golden Retriever Indiana (or Indi) enjoying farm life for a few days! If you've ever met her, this is extremely fast for Indi to run (she's retired).

Thanks to my brother for the picture, I've got to get this one framed!