All the Noise, Noise, Noise!

I got a call from the post office this morning.  They said they had a noisy box waiting for me, so I told the girls to get their shoes and jackets on and get in the car.  Though they’ve been pestering me about it for the last two months, they could not figure out why we were going to town today.

2013 Bantams Cropped

And now, after a very peaceful 5 days, my concrete bathroom is rather loud again.  The hatchery (turn down your speakers before clicking the link, this website crows!) provided Gro-Gel in the shipping box, and they all arrived alive.  5 each of straight-run bantam Red Cochins, Blue Cochins, Partridge Cochins and Buff Silkies.  Plus a few extra in case of losses.

If all goes well, they’ll soon be moving under Henny Penny and the big blue cochins, most of whom are presently sitting on wooden eggs.

Just one of the things that make living in the middle of nowhere, totally worth it.

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More Printables

I’m still in the middle of several unfinished projects, so today I’m sharing some printables I’ve created. There are two, with several color combinations for each one.  Clicking on the picture should take you to the google document that you can download and print.

The first is the Aaronic blessing:
Aaronic tealAaronic orangeAaronic NavyAaronic pinkAaronic greenAaronic lime

The second is a reminder of what love is:
Love Printable
Love yellow
Love pink
Love red
Love butter
Love navyThese files are for personal use, please don’t sell them.  “You have received without paying,  give without being paid.”

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Incubation Printable

The hatching bug has bitten me again, and I’ll be setting a dozen eggs in the incubator tomorrow morning. I thought I’d make a chart to keep track of days, temperatures and turning the eggs. This process should take 21 days, but if the incubator happens to be running a little below the correct temperature, it can sometimes take a day, or two longer.

I’m sharing the chart I made in case it would be helpful for someone else. I might just let The Taterbug fill it out as we go. It’ll be good penmanship practice, and she’ll get to learn how to read a thermometer.

You can click on the link below the image to download the printable.

Egg Incubating Printable

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Do you know what this is?

mystery antique

My dad has been remodeling his house for the last couple of months, which has prompted him to declutter and pass on some antiques and family items. I’ll be sharing pics of some of these things from time to time, when I’m bogged down in unfinished projects. One of the things he passed on to me is this rusty kitchen gadget. He can remember his grandmother using it when he was a child. Can you guess what it is?

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Blue Cochins

A member of the Backyard Chickens forum asked me to take some pics of my blue cochins. I figured if I was going to go to the trouble to actually take pictures, I might as well share them here too.

I got these birds as day-old chicks from Cackle hatchery in April of 2011. They’ve been nice chickens to have around, they haven’t ever looked bad from over-mating or molting, and the Splash hen even “grannied” some chicks from my broody Dominique hen last summer.

I originally had 2 roosters, but the bigger, prettier one was a big jerk and when he tried to flog me, he went to live in a neighbor’s stew pot. Little Peep, the remaining rooster, has always been very respectful of me, my kids, and the hens, so he gets to stay and decorate our yard.

I really think that, despite the fairly ordinary brown eggs they lay, if I had to stick with only one type of chicken, these would be it.

Blue Cochin hen

Blue Cochin hen

Blue Cochin hen

Blue Cochin hen

Blue Cochin hen

Blue Cochin hen

Bantam Splash Cochin hen

Bantam Splash Cochin hen

This bantam Splash hen is The Taterbug’s most beloved pet. She reminds me of a cranky little old lady, but she puts up with children remarkably well, and has even spent some time on stage.

Blue Cochin rooster

Blue Cochin rooster

Blue Cochin rooster

Blue Cochin rooster

Splash Cochin hen

Splash Cochin hen

Splash Cochin hen

Splash Cochin hen

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