HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!
Ok I get it. I’m 5 days late on the new year greetings, but if you know anything about me its that I’m not the most organized…not by a long shot. I almost missed the kids first day back to school except that I saw another parent asking about the date. I was pretty bummed when I found out that I had one less day at home with The Littles. Yesterday made up for that with a “storm day” that turned out to be a pretty nice day after all.
It was also an exciting day for us because we have another addition to the farm. Little Miss came into our room yesterday morning and said “either Bonnie is shedding REALLY BAD or she’s having babies”. Sure enough there was a ton of fur in the corner of her cage but on a quick inspection I didn’t see anything moving so I left her alone and let her do her thing. About an hour later Hubby says “I think there’s babies down in there already”. I dug around and gathered up 8 pink healthy babies to put in the nesting box. We discovered a little while later that momma was having nothing to do with that nesting box and she preferred her babies to be snuggled into the corner of the cage so that’s where they will stay (until they can move around on their own). I still can’t get used to her not being snuggled with them all the time but I know it’s their way of keeping predators away. As long as I see her nursing at night and the babies have round little bellies I know they are ok.
The holidays seemed to go by extremely fast this year and other parents from the area said the same thing. Maybe it’s because none of us were ready for school to be back in a day early. Lol Aside from being sick, we had a really nice quiet break. Hubby was off the same time as the kids so we had no schedule and we spent a lot of time sleeping in. We did our annual Christmas Tree hunt at a local tree farm. They spend time each year shaping the trees which makes it so easy to find the perfect tree. I think we are getting a little too good at the process because we were in and out in less than an hour…and that included having hot chocolate and cider. The Littles wanted a tree in their room so they got to pick out and cut their own this year. Now that I think about it, they cut most of the big tree too.
We managed to pull off our Homemade Christmas this year, by the skin of our teeth. I wasn’t sure if I could do it but we finished the kids stuff (which was the most important thing for us) and have the supplies to make our gifts for each other. The Littles finished all of their gifts too and were super excited to give them out. Little Miss used her new sewing skills to make a mug cosy for me, a lego bag for Little Man, and a rubgy ball bag for Hubby. Little man made a gun sling for Hubby, and got hubby to help with some woodworking to make an AG wardrobe for Little Miss, and a kitchen shelf for me. I made some AG doll clothes for Little Miss and a back quiver for Little Man. And Hubby made both kids archery arm guards and the beginning supplies to make a forge. They have been bugging to have a forge for months now so Hubby found a video on YouTube about how to make a small one. Hubby has been wanting a utilikilt for quite a while so and I want a solar heater for the living room so my plan is to leave the supplies for both of these things out in the way until they get done. Shaming ourselves into getting projects done is ok right?!
We also introduced the Faverolles to the rest of the flock on New Years day. They were quarantined since we got them and showed no signs of any sickness or anything that would transfer to the rest of the flock. We left them in a smaller pen that joined onto the big bird yard so that they could see each other but not actually mingle yet. We have more roosters than we want right now (ended up with three from our hatch last year) so aggression is a concern when adding new roosters. There was a lot of puffing and posturing but no jumping at the fence which we’ve seen in the past. This weekend we will let them all into the same yard and then house them all together. I know there will be some fighting but as long as there is no blood shed I’m pretty sure they will be ok and set a new pecking order quite quickly. We are looking to rehome some of our Americauna roosters because we really have too many and in addition to fighting amongst themselves they will start hurting the hens. If we cant’ find good homes, into the stock pot they will go.
That’s about all the updating for now. I know lots of bloggers/writers like to give an update on the year past, but right now I figure you can read past posts if you come across something that interests you.
Before I sign off I wanted to say a big THANK YOU to everyone who reads my blog, shares my post and page, and is involved in this journey with me. I love sharing what we do! Feel free to leave messages, tag, comment, and share with your friends and family. I wish you all the best that 2017 has to offer.