Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Babies Babies Babies!

Cameron and I just candled the 6 duck eggs we have under our two silkies (slickies) and FOUR of them had movement in them. YaY! We also just put 9 duck eggs in our little incubator, they are due to hatch towards the end of April.. Patience IS a virtue. ;) I will see if I can take a video of the moving embryo in the eggs, because it is very cool to watch.
Happy Easter to all!

Sunday, March 28, 2010

The Hummingbirds are here!

Hummingbird Food
it's a 4 to 1 ratio, so
it's easy enough to remember...
I use 1 cup of boiled water and 1/4 cup white sugar.
Of Course ~ allow to cool completely before
hanging! :)

and my favorite spring time flower is getting ready to bloom..it's one of our Carol Mackie Daphne's.. Smells GREAT.. mmMMm!

Monday, March 22, 2010

Happy Spring!

Cameron and I just got back from the Poultry show in Monroe.. The show was held at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds over the weekend. Beautiful weather, great friends who love birds-who could ask for a better weekend? :) Cameron did ok--he made it into the last 4 kids being asked questions in Showmanship--which is more than he has ever done, so he felt pretty good about that. He also won a special with our frizzle cochin hen... "Best Frizzle by a Youth".... and most exciting for both of us was the interest people had in the ducks -- they are such a pretty color, I was happy to talk to folks about them. Although, Cameron still only goes to the shows with me begrudgingly; I keep telling him, he will look back with fond memories. He just rolls his eyes. I do think Showmanship builds confidence, so we are sticking with it like it or not! lol! He is also pretty good about getting the chickens and ducks ready for the shows, and I think he is learning a lot of responsibilities there too. Anyway.. it's also time to get garden stuff going. Our friend Jack gave us some seeds from his Very Delicious Kale, I can't wait for that stuff to come up! I noticed little baby snow peas juuuust starting to peek out of the soil this weekend too. With Daffodils, hyacinths, and cherry trees blooming~it smells like Spring outside! yum!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Goat Walks

Cameron and Wren playing. We enjoy going on Goat Walks on sunny afternoons...

Goat Toys

Got these for FREE off of craigslist~ gotta love that. Cameron is putting them back together after hauling them. We also got a Large Spool too--which the goat girls love as well.

And two new Peeps! They are Araucana's, (blue egg layers) but only the lighter colored one is tufted and tailless as she should be. They are cute and growing fast.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Yard work ~ a never ending SpringTime job!

Textin', goatin', chickenin' & gardenin'... :)

...Helping Jack....

Jack needed help moving a few of his hives, so we lent him a hand. He has been so helpful in teaching Nathan about keeping them. Jack is 90 something years old and still spry and ornery..He has a lot of interesting stories to tell about growing up. One of my favorites is about how as an 9 or 10 year old he would caponize roosters during the Depression to make extra money. He is also quite the avid gardener and likes to share whatever is extra or needs dividing from his garden. This weekend he gave us 3 different Loganberries.. YUM..
{Early-mid Feb}

The duck girls have started laying!

and.... Artemis approves! -- and just so you know -- fresh duck eggs taste just as delicious as fresh chicken eggs. ;) {they started laying in early February actually, I have just been lazy about posting...}