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Freezing and De-thawing Chickens

Christmas brought snow, family, and a new problem with our rental house. Our little backyard chickens have a heater that keeps them from freezing when the weather is super cold. Sadly, when they needed it most, all of our outdoor outlets stopped working, so their heater was plugged in, but had no power. The day after Christmas, the ground was frozen, and their heater was not working. The chickens were shivering. So we did what any owner of spoiled chickens would do, we brought them inside to thaw out. They were shocked at first, and very quiet. After a few hours, they were back outside, with the heater working once again, and I was disinfecting and cleaning their temporary quarters like nobody’s business.

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Thawing Chickens

Plotting Pets

Sometimes I joke about how I think my pets are “plotting” against me. But they give me legit reasons sometimes. The creepy looks, appearing out of nowhere, and of course, sitting on things that are important. Maybe they have me trained really well. I know exactly when it is time to feed the cat. And whatever he is sitting on is usually what I’m looking for. So, I guess he is just reminding me about my chores. The chickens, however, really just enjoy messing with me. Which is fair. I do eat their eggs. So it is a give and take relationship.

Blue Russian Cat

Blue Russian Cat

The Elusive Boots

I’ve been on the search for a great pair of combat style boots on and off for a while now with no luck. Until finally, there they were. And now they are mine. Now I can be prepared for anything. From trying out some myths on Mythbusters to surviving the day Skynet become self aware, and in style!

Combat Boots

Combat Boots

Animal Expectations

We have been kitty sitting for my parents this week. Their kitty latched onto Nick. It’s a good thing, cause he really does not like me. So, he helps Nick out with his P90x routine. My kitty likes to mess with me during my routine as well. It’s a good thing.

Workout kitty

Workout kitty

The chickens are getting more spoiled by the day. We got them some chicken treats and they go literally bananas for them. They will peck it right out of the container.

Chicken Treats

Chicken Treats

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Gardening Updates

Nick has taken charge with the gardening since I am away more from home (new job!). He is doing an amazing job!

I am just blown away by the beautiful flowers that the fruit and veggies are producing. It is very exciting.

The cucumber plants are getting to be taller than me. They aren’t growing straight up, or they would be way taller, because I didn’t set up great trellises. So, they are growing sideways a bit. Whatever works. You live and learn!

Ignore the pig tails! It is hot outside

Then, there are the tomatoes and jalapenos.

Nick has already promised that he will eat the first jalapeno that we pick whole. I’m looking forward to this moment. Big time.

So, this being my first trip into gardening, I am learning what not to do next time. I planted multiple plants in pots, and am realizing this was a terrible idea. These plants need space, so I’ve done some testing with re-potting and replanting. The soil in our backyard is not great. It is very clay like and has tons of rocks. I planted two tomato plants and a cucumber plant just to see what would happen. Surprisingly….super surprisingly, they are doing amazing.

And our baby chickens are all grown up. They no longer go “peep”, they now make chicken sounds like “bak bak” and “BAK!!!” when Nick chases then for “exercise”. Lol.

They love to eat the vines

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Goodrich Farms: Flowering

The news is the jalapeno plants are busting out some flowers. Guys, this is huge. I’ve never grown anything in my life. I’ve killed a cactus plant and a bamboo plant. Now, these are the jalapeno plants that Nick bought me, so they didn’t start from seeds, but I see it as a win.

Speaking of winning, the cucumber plants are starting to actually tendril. Low and behold, one of them is flowering as well. I started these in newspaper pots as seedlings and they are still alive. Life achievement points just went up.

And of course the chickens. They are still doing well. Hopefully getting use to the weather as we hit the mid 90s. I have to watch them around my plants, though. Generally they eat the bugs and sparse grass we have on the ground, but McCormick tried eating some leaves off my cucumber plant yesterday. Silly little monsters.

Hey guys

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Goodrich Farms: Roaming Around

The girls have been outside for a while and loving it. We have attached their pen to their hutch permanently so they can come and go as they please even when we are not around. Nick and I are planning on adding wheels to the bottom and reinforcing it so it can be wheeled around the backyard, giving the chickens roaming privileges.

Two peas in a pod

I have been having a surprisingly great time working out in the backyard with Nick. I hate bugs and the heat, but neither bother me when we are being super productive and just enjoying the day. Yes my legs are covered in mosquito bites even though I am covered in OFF and yes I get super sweaty, but there is just something about doing physical work outside and seeing the progress. That and the fact that we let the chickens have free reign of the backyard while we are out there to make sure they don’t get into trouble.

Devouring all the bugs!

Mel came by and took some more pictures of my babies for me. Her amazing photography skills have been a great help in capturing ridiculous moments in the chickens life so far!

Just hanging out with McCormick. http://www.melissaclaire.com

While photographing with McCormick, Hardcastle was peeping away from her little pen. They hate being separated!

Our little ladies. http://www.melissaclaire.com

The latest adorable moment of these two was this past weekend. Nick was holding McCormick to see if Hardcastle would follow them around the backyard. Not only did she follow, she flew up and grabbed onto his shorts and held on. When the ladies are separated, they run back to each other as quickly as possible. It doesn’t get old.

Even though these girls are completely spoiled by Nick and I and are pretty ridiculous, I love them. They are a great addition to our family and they haven’t even started laying eggs yet! They are silly, super soft, and fun to watch. On top of that, every bug they eat is one less disgusting thing to try and get into my house!

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