Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Peep Update

It's hard to believe the peeps are almost 6 weeks old already. We finished building the extra run and mini coop and moved the meat chickens, Australorps and the hatchlings outside. Everyone is fully feathered except for our little guys, but they're nearly there. Everyone is enjoying the much larger space and this also introduces them to rest of the brood.







We have 3 more peeps that hatched on 4/10 and another dozen due any day now. Once those two hatches are feathered out, they'll be added with the rest of this years' peeps. I'm hoping that by the end of the summer everyone will be big enough to combine them with our brood. Not to mention that the run they are in now will hopefully be the home to some turkeys.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Easter Must Haves

Since it's Luca's first "big" holiday, I had quite a large list of all the things I wanted to get for him. Here are a few of the things I had to have for his first Easter...




The bunny ears were just too cute to pass up and I'm in love with everything Pottery Barn. I love how they offer personalization on a lot of their items (especially since Luca isn't a common name). The basket liner for his Easter basket is to die for. I didn't want something that was too cutesy that he wouldn't like after a few years...this one I think will grow with him well. Now off to find the perfect things to fill his basket with!

Friday, March 20, 2015

Freebies!

I haven't posted any freebie deals in awhile and I spent entirely too long pre-reading half of these books before I sat down and finished this post. Just click the title to be redirected to Amazon. Remember, these were free at the time of posting BUT always check the price before clicking "Buy Now" to make sure it hasn’t returned to full price :)


Cheating On A Chicken Coop  | The Working Chicken | Green Cleaning: Nontoxic Homemade Recipes 

Soap Making: A Beginner's Guide  | Laundry Soap & Supplies | Natural Laundry Detergent

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Random

Some random photos from the past few weeks. Things have been crazy here with an endless amount of snow...I'm so tired of shoveling! But, I know Spring is just around the corner - we have peeps hatching and are getting ready to start seedlings inside...once all this snow melts we may be able to think about having a garden! On a side note...Luca is officially out of Newborn sized clothing, it no longer fits :(

I love that whenever I finish cleaning, Berta feels the need to dig out every toy and play...it's like she celebrates, "woohoo you're done!" hahaha
His hair after a bath...he's got his Mamma's curls
 And someone finally found their thumb!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Need Sleeeeeeeep

Yesterday was an exciting day, a certain someone decided he didn't need to sleep, at all. Our day started bright and early, 3:30am to be exact.

 Morning snuggles with the babe that thinks he's too good for sleep (at least he's not fussy! Just wide awake for the past 4.5 hours)
By lunch time we had a few minor meltdowns but otherwise quite content and no napping is in sight...
Over 10 hours with no nap, he's almost outta juice lol
 11 hours with no nap...new record for this kid, but he's finally tuckered himself out.
Just kidding! That was just a 30 minute cat nap...tell us what you really think about naps, Luca!

Once bed time rolled around we were able to get him to fall asleep for about 20 minutes before he'd wake up and fuss. He'd quiet down if I was walking with him, but as soon as I'd sit or put him down all hell would break loose. So, I spent almost all night holding him and pacing the living room....this Momma is tuckered out! Thankfully this morning he did take a 2 hour nap, hopefully he's back on his normal schedule and we can resume sleeping through the night again *fingers crossed*

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Peeps

 The babies are getting quite big and the kids love watching them grow. We grabbed some chicks from Tractor Supply (after we said we weren't buying any this year) and we now have 6 Cornish Rocks that we are raising to butcher and 6 Australorps. Our 6 hatchlings are doing great and are little fluff balls. I have a feeling all of them might be Cochin mixes (most of them have the feathered feet too)

The Cornish Rocks are younger than the Australorps and have already passed them in size. It's our first time with meat chickens and I can't believe how solid they are! We'll be having a butchering party here in a few weeks!

Friday, March 6, 2015

Happy Hatch Day!

Our peeps were due yesterday, March 5th, and we had a 50% hatch rate. This is only my second time trying to incubate eggs, since none of our hens want to do their job and go broody, so I'm very pleased with the results (especially considering we had a few eggs go bad). We did have 2 peeps hatch that we lost, so fingers crossed that everyone else continues to do well.


ignore the mess - they're still drying off in the incubator before we move them to the brooder :)