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Another Day Another Egg

Rooster or Hen

Ok so I raised them all as chicks not knowing what they were yet until the day came to move them out the their new home “The Coolest Coop in town” The Coop Is Done

As time went by a few months I was wondering are these two beauties Roosters or hens?? Then one morning I heard a weird noise sorta like a crowing noise and yup!! The black and white one was a Rooster!!! Bummer! So I watched the other one and one day I could of swore it crowed also! That is until today I go out and hang out with the chicks and their in the coop sits this black and white one and next to that box a white hen sitting in her box. Hmm I thought what’s that crazy rooster doing!! Neither one would come out as I had treats with me so I left and came back 90 min later and both were gone and her lays one brown egg right where my so called rooster was sitting!!

And here she is I think it’s a she is sitting now! Go figure!! So this chicken Moma is on guard duty!

Happy Days at Yellow Banks Urban Homestead!

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The day has finally come

Months of chicken mothering

Today finally paid off!

After months of caring for little chicks day and night, feeding , watering, cleaning vents, cages and the endless supplies and food today was the day it all paid off with this “One Little Egg”

Sitting there all by its self in the nesting box wanting to be celebrated!!

So yes chicken Moma it all was worth it! I have bonded with all nine of them and even the Two Roosters!!

My first time raising urban chickens and I love every minute of it .

So stay tuned for further adventures at Yellow Banks Urban Homestead .

Ps. What come first the chicken or the egg???So You Want To Be A Chicken Moma

CHICKENS

Big Day A Long Time Comingj

A country girl at heart living in a small river town I have dreamt of raising chickens for years and this year it finally happened.

 

About six weeks ago I finally went and had a friend hatch me some chicks, But we figured out the rooster didn’t cooperate much, For we only had two chick that hatched and a week later they both died.   So on to a farm supply store I picked my new chicks from ages two weeks to 4 weeks as good as the help could tell.   I was so excited and had been reading up on articles and blogs to prepare myself for this awesome adventure finally coming true!  I know it seems a little silly but since I was a kid I wanted to live on a farm with lots of animals, But I married a city boy and then the kids came and life but my dream never died!  I’am a little bit country a little bit rock and roll as they say.  So back to the chicks;  I purchased ten chicks some Leghorns, Rhode Islands, Bantam and cute black ones I can’t remember what they were called!  So I bought all the food, and containers for water and feed, pine shavings, cages, electrolytes, coop freshener, natural spray for mites and such, snack feed, and a heat lamp then brought my babies home and set them all up in my craft room due to the cold spell we were having which lasted forever!  I lost one of my Bantams I think because it was too hot even though I was keeping it around 85-90 degrees.  The rest were doing fine but then I had to move the older ones the Leghorns (3) to their own cages for they were growing fast plus more active and bossy! I spent a lot of time in with them due to all their scratching a flinging shavings into their water and feeders and because I just wanted to!  I would hold them talk to them and even pet them through the cage, This crazy chick mom even decided to play the piano a couple times and they all would get real quiet and fall asleep!!  Crazy huh?

Chicks inside house

I also would talk to them like I do my dogs and cat I thought it only natural I love them too right!  I know, I know, I’m crazy their just chickens man!!    But they’re MY CHICKENS!

So today was a BIG DAY  today I was finally ready to move those chicks to their new coop for all was completed in the coop with electricity, ceiling fan, heat lamp, bedding, containers, flooring, windows, and fresh paint and decor outside along with fencing and netting to keep the predators out!  We have a lot of hawks and eagles here being next to the Mississippi River!  My son and granddaughter helped with the moving of the chicks and supplies and man was I excited!!  Like a little kid in a candy store!  I tried to contain it so everyone wouldn’t think I was too nuts!!

I will continue to study and ask questions and learn as I go down this path of the chicken mom and all it entails and I’m only in it for the eggs and fun exciting times plus the  work that comes with and not to mention it keeps me more active!

Here is some pictures of the chickens new home.

   Moma Marston Chicks

I will tell you the coop was revamped from  a tea -house then a shed and now the coop!

My son built the gate out of wood he salvaged from the flood in the river along with the metal on the bottom edge of coop and my other son and us built the inside boxes and ramp for the chickens also this past week I put the linoleum on the floor and painted the outside along with some touches and chicken wire along the bottom edge of fence run plus I made to roost areas out on the run so all in all I have had a lot of fun doing work daily and preparing for these little ones and don’t regret  a bit of it!  The Coop Is Done

So if you ever think about getting chickens I hope I inspired you and gave you a little of what to prepare for and any ideas.  Am I crazy?  Yes a little, crazy about animals and would have more if I could so I do what I can on this little urban homestead and love every minute of it a day long time coming and finally here was a success and a dream come true!

So You Want To Be A Chicken Moma

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Spring Time and New Chicks Hatching

My first little chick hatched today! Are we ready?

A cute little black one with more hatching over the next several days. Can I say I’m excite and a little nervous YES!

So much to do and get ready feed, water, bedding, heat lamp, and container to house them in until their ready to go outside to coop. Do you have baby chicks?

It’s my first time on this Urban Homestead so I have done a lot of reading and studying to prepare myself and hope that will guide me down the chicken path with success!

I first introduced the chick to water several time but the chick did not drink so I will keep working on that every hour or so don’t want the little guy to dehydrate! The baby seems warm and comfortable for now so until next time and next chick we’ll keep clucking on!

So You Want To Be A Chicken Moma

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Growing Organically

It’s time to get your “ORGANIC” on!  Here are some things I love about organic gardening and tips to share with you.

A lot of the most common used chemicals used for non-organic gardening and farming have been linked to cancer, attention deficit disorder, autism, and a lot of other chronic diseases.  By avoiding synthetic chemical fertilizers, fungicides and pesticides means my garden is a safe haven for birds and bees to do their work!

Soil provides the nutrients that plants need to survive, and with a healthy nutrient soil you will get a healthy plant that will survive. Drainage is another important factor because many plants don’t like  their roots waterlogged plus it can cause root rot; Then the soil will be too acidic due to the accumulation of carbon dioxide and other byproducts of bacterial decomposition.

Good garden compost leaf mold, composted bark, and well-rotted manure are vital organic materials that should be incorporated into the soil.  By doing this they increase aeration and drainage in fine compacted  clay based soils.  Also it provides plenty of nutrients and are able to absorb moisture and retain it.

Compost is available purchase , but you can avoid the expense by making your own!

I had been thinking about compost for years especially with our hard sandy soil but wasn’t sure how , where or when so with studying and gathering material the compost pile has begun and I will no longer incorporate nasty chemicals into my garden or yard!

It’s a great way to recycle your house waste and regenerate it into the garden, not to mention reduces our land fills!   Some free organic material would be things like grass clippings, leaves, coffee grounds and wood chips and don’t forget the manure!

So you need a proper place for your compost pit and a corner of your garden would be great!  Or an open and closed bin would be easy also.  A good compost  pile would be building your pill with one part grass clippings and two parts dead leaves or other brown matter.  If you don’t want to hassle of transporting your compost to the garden beds or turning it  try  trench composting where you dump all the waste in trenches, and cover it with soil and then plant over it the next season.

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Organic Gardening is all about avoiding chemicals of all kinds and types.   However some plant diseases are deadly and spread quickly through an entire crop and destroy it.!  Diseases may be caused by bacteria, fungi or viruses!  Who knew!  It is tempting to use these chemical based solutions, but it’s important to avoid them as they can enter the plants directly through the plant tissue or by way of contaminated air and water.

Getting disease-resistant varieties is best for organic gardens.    Many plant breeders have developed many cultivars that are highly resistant to viral diseases, bacterial -rot and Fungal- infections and not all of them are GMO !  A good solution is to look for Heirloom varieties tat have developed high levels of disease resistance, They may cost a little more but worth it in the end.

Seeds and starts for your garden are best if bought in local nurseries so you know they are suitable for your climate and zone area.  Local varieties are acclimatized to the climate and seasonal variations.  Try to find high yielding and disease-resistant varieties popular in your specific area.

Don’t forget chickens and other farm animals are a benefit in organic gardening!  They not only develop organic eggs but act as a composers eating up anything eatable such as garbage, food, vegetable peels, garden waste, insects, and their constant scratching brings up larvae that live in the soil and mulch!  The best part they can provide you with high quality of organic manure!!  Raising turkeys, sheep goats and rabbits are great choices for organic gardens.  Turkey manure is nitrogen rich while sheep manure is high potash content.   Manure of herbivorous animals is safe added to the soil without any treatment, especially rabbit droppings as it breaks down quick without turning plant roots.

So get your compost going, and if possible some farm animals for some good manure and great organic eggs!

I don’t know about you but we are excited to be going Organic outside as well as we have been going green inside and will be all the better and healthier for making these great decisions plus make some new animal friends along the way!

 

Happy Organic Gardening!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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THIS IS WHAT WE WANT OUR SEEDLING TO GROW INTO

 

 

Pets and Animals

The Christ Burro

Had a wonderful day today with my friends! Lunch with a good friend and fellow blogger then to other friend to meet her new animals!

Needles to say I fell in love with Wednesday the Burro and the miniature horse!!

Jerusalem Donkey

The fact that the little donkey has been bearing humanity’s burdens for thousands of years is well documented.  This Christmas season I am reminded of this humble animal’s impact on the holidays and religion.  The bible says that Mary rode a donkey into Bethlehem before giving birth to the baby Jesus.    We see this today in most Nativity scenes where a donkey is standing or bedded close by the manger keeping watch over the new family.    Then, on Palm Sunday Jesus rode into Jerusalem for the last time on a donkey.  The religious significance of the donkey is expressed in Christianity, Judaism and Islam.  The King, riding the lowly donkey, is seen as a symbol of peace and salvation.

You may have heard of the legend of the “Jerusalem Donkey”.  It goes something like this – after he brought Jesus into Jerusalem the donkey was troubled because he knew what Jesus was about to go through with his trial, suffering and death on the cross. The donkey seeing the sad treatment of Jesus wished he had been able to carry the cross; after all, it was his job to carry man’s burdens. The donkey could not bear to watch and turned away but in his concern stayed nearby as Jesus endured his torture.  God saw this and caused the shadow of the cross to fall across the little donkey’s back and he has carried the sign of the cross ever since as a symbol of God’s love.

On Christmas Day give your little burros a few carrots and an extra scratch or two and remember the burdens their ancestors have carried for thousands of years on behalf of mankind.

Thank You Mountain Ridge Gear for sharing this story.

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Merry Christmas to all my long-ear lovin’ friends!

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Pets and Animals

BABY GIRL (kitten)

MEET BABY GIRL AKA PLEXY GIRL!!

SHE IS MY FIRST ADOPTED ANIMAL AND I LOVE HER DEARLY!   SHE WAS ABANDONED FROM HER MOMMY AND WAS BOTTLE FED BY A FRIEND AND LATER PLACE INTO A SHELTER FOR CARE AND TESTING.   SHE IS NOW 5 MONTHS OLD, KINDA SKINNY AND ITS NOT THAT SHE DON’T EAT BUT SHES SO DARN ACTIVE!!!

THANK YOU TO THE HENDERSON CO HUMANE SOCIETY’S ALMOST HOME SHELTER AND THE GREAT PEOPLE WORKING THERE DONATING THEIR TIME AND TALENT FOR OUR LOVING ANIMALS THAT DEPEND ON US!!. a non-profit organization

http://www.almosthomeshelter.com/.  PO Box 246 Oquawka, IL 61469

SHE TORMENTS THE DOGS, ESPECIALLY THE OLDER DOXIE BUT THIS ONE THE BROWN DOXIE NOT TOO BAD.   SHE LOVES TO SNEAK UP ON THEM AND JUMP ON THEIR BUTTS!

THE OLDER BLACK ONE WILL RUN TO ONE OF OUR CHAIRS FOR HELP;  ITS SO FUNNY

GEEZZ THE LIVING ROOM LOOKS LIKE I HAVE A TODDLER HERE DAY AND NIGHT AND YARN, BOXES, LIDS, MICE, PLASTIC BAGGIE BALLS AND WEIRD THINGS/ITEMS SHE LIKES!!   SHES LONG LEGGED, SLINKY AND FAST!!  MAN THAT GIRL IS FAST AND GRUMPY AT TIMES!!  BUT I LOVE HER STILL AND WE ALL CARRY ON IN OUR LITTLE HOME OF CRITTERS AND CRAZIES! ❤

THE OTHER NIGHT AFTER HUBBY AND DOGS WENT TO BED SHE WENT NUTS I SAY, NUTS!!   RAN FROM CHAIR TO SOFA, TO END TABLES, HALL, BR, CHAIR, TOWER, TUNNEL AND BOX. THEN TIRED THE CHRISTMAS TREES!  TILL MOMIE GOT THE WATER GUN OUT,  BUT NO SHE TRIED 4 TIMES TO CLIMB UP UNDER THE TREES!!   HOLY SHI… WHERE’S THE TYLENOL!!  OR XANX!!!  FINALLY SHE WORE OUT, LIGHTS WENT OUT AND WE WENT TO BED HER OUT IN LR ME IN MY BED FOR A DESERVED SLEEP TO START AGAIN TOMMROW!!!   BUT HEY I LOVE HER AND WON’T GIVE UP, JUST WAITING FOR HER TO GET PAST THOSE TERRIBLE TWOS!!!  HOPE ITS SHORTER IN CAT YEARS!!!!!!