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Chicken Mahal

The post office called at 7AM, March 30th to let me know that our mail-order chicks had arrived…
I had ordered 31, they gave me one free “exotic” chick (with a B for Bonus on her head..guess what we have named her??) and 5 roosters (with blue dots on their heads) for warmth! Thanks Mc Murray Hatchery!

They were so tiny! I felt like they needed a Mommy, so I donated Annie’s Gecko to the cause. They took right to it, snuggling up under it in a very “Are You My Mother?” sort of a way…

On Easter weekend, the eggs that I bought on eBay started to hatch. It was beyond exciting, as they popped open over a 3 day period. The Annies and Cash were here with me, again, to cheer them on with words of encouragement.

We added 12 chicks to our brood, the Goose eggs were a bust. 🙁

Now, the race was on to get the coop done, luckily John was up for the job, with some extra time on his hands…
Here’s the horse stall that we started with, rotted and falling down

In progress

And, finally, what John calls “Chicken Mahal”

Jade came over to visit and said that, if she was a chicken, she would love to live in there. We like Jade!

Annie and I had a fun Chick Photo Shoot with some of the hatchlings

And now, all of the chicks are living like Queens (and/or Kings) in Chicken Mahal, enjoying fresh clover, warm sun and dirt baths…

Garden updates soon…

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Chicks and eggs and kids, oh my…

So, 2 weeks ago today the mailman brought us a pile of fertile eggs to hatch…

It was a rainy Friday afternoon, so the Annies and Cash were happy to help with unpacking (and popping the miles of bubble wrap)

Now we have been incubating and the chicks should start hatching over Easter Weekend. The Geese (hopefully) will follow a week later.

Meanwhile, in our bedroom (I know…) the 5 Aracuanas that I bought 2 weeks ago are out of control! The need to move to bigger quarters ASAP!

They used to be all small and fluffy

Now they are master escape artists.

And curious…

John was going to spend the whole weekend getting the coop finished (because, after all, I also have 31 chicks arriving next week) but I have convinced him that we NEED to go to the San Francisco Garden Show instead…just for a little while tomorrow… Gotta love him!

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Goodbye city life, Green Acres we are here….

We are finally moved in, so we spent the past weekend nesting in the yard… We started demolition of the falling apart horse stall, chopped up lots of overgrown and dead trees and shrubs…so much so that we had a burn pile going for 2 full days. John went to pick up a long ago abandoned piece of wood siding to throw it in the pile and found this little nest of moles hiding under it. I threatened to kill them, but I know they only eat bugs, so I was able to spare them and they are So cute! I also found a fat little toad and started thinking about Thumbelina…I’ve had the story stuck in my head ever since…was the Field Mouse pimping her out to Mr Mole?? I say yes. Ewwwww.

Today I ordered 30 chickens from Mc Murray Hatcherynow I have chicken fever…I couldn’t find the more rare varieties that I wanted, so I ordered fertile eggs for them. Now I have to rush to get an incubator, as they’ll be here in a couple of days and, I think, I will be up to about 50 chickens. Oh, and 2 Sebastopol Goose eggs…. I may have lost control…a tiny bit… maybe…anyone want to buy chickens???

Oh, and I also requested 2 feral cats from these people, to keep the gopher population down.