At long last

Nope, no house rising from the earth yet, but still something very exciting. To us at least. 

Our chickens have laid their first eggs this week. Well, one of the chickens anyway. We have gathered 4 (only 3 at the time I took these pictures) little green eggs so far,  and we’re pretty sure they’re all from the same chicken. We actually had eggs three days in a row which quite surprised us. 

  
We had two hens from our very first group of eggs that we hatched. That being the case we should be getting more eggs from another one of those two in the next few days. And let me say it is about time! 

After all the work we’ve done building the coop, the yard and then the months of feeding and watering the chickens, and with winter coming on, the dark thoughts in the back of my head were starting to come to mind more and more. “Is it really worth all this work? Do chickens actually even lay eggs? Maybe we got the bad chickens that don’t lay eggs.” On and on these thoughts were coming to mind more frequently.

So I hope you can imagine the excitement that seeing one little green egg laying on the sawdust floor brought to us. That one little egg was a sign that the work was not a waste. But rather the start of the fruits of our labor.

  
They are quite small as compared to store bought eggs, but they are very tasty, fresh and completely chemical free. I know what these chickens ate because I fed them myself. I know the living conditions of these birds because I open their door and bring them outside every morning and lock them up safe every night. I trust these eggs and they bring us great satisfaction. 

Goats are here!

Our little farm is growing with new critters. We picked up 3 goats last week. 2 Lamancha Nigerian cross does, and a Nigerian buckling. The two girls should be pretty decent milk producers, and the little buckling we will use to breed them once they’re bigger. The does are named Lucy (kids pick all the names of our animals and it was kind of named after seeing Lucinda Williams and the Calgary Folk Fest the weekend before) Sweetie (cause she’s the meanest of them) and our buckling is Billy Bob Thorton. Not sure why he got that name but I may have had some input. It just seemed fitting.

Goats

After getting them my father in law came over and we put up a fence, made it hot and then started on getting a shelter built. Here’s a video of some of the process and the almost finished project. Happy goat days ahead!

Caught up in the whirlwind…

…of moving. And getting our little piece of land a little more livable. So our blogging the adventure has been a little non existent. Add to that the fact that we have not got our power yet, and obviously we don’t have Internet either. Still, our apologies for not  posting as of lately. But, I’ve just hooked up a new app on the old iPhone and finally figured out how to get it all working. So, now we can blog from the boondocks! 

Today is a colder one (10C), steady rain and a strong wind. It kind of brings all outside work to a halt. Yesterday we were able to finish up the side on the chicken coop and get the flashing on the roof tied in. Water-tight just in time for all this rain.

The chickens are doing well and getting bigger. Steph built a few chicken tractors to get them out and about during the day. Next project is to fence in the chicken run and get a permanent setup for them to be outside and protected. 

Anyway, just a quick note letting you know we haven’t forgotten about this blog and sharing with you, just weren’t really able to for a while. But no, steadier posts will be coming. Cheers!