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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

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Family Helping Reach Goals

Family time working together to help with self-sustaining goals.

Still working on the coop and fencing for run area, and must say it was great having family helping us and all working together for a common goal!

I never felt so proud of them all stepping up to the plate helping their parents meet our goal with the gardens and chicken preparations plus we have fun teasing each other, and listening to them teach each other or give guidance and help, makes me smile thinking we did something right! Our Third son made a gate with all refurbished wood and his added little touches! He’s a true junkie red neck!

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The inside coop is done all but a plug in and other son will finish that up this week plus he built the nesting boxes and walk ramp. Everyone had a hand in the projects from first son to last with garden boxes to fencing; A good day for us all and pizza for the hungry crew!

Mamas eggs are still in the incubator and will be hatching .

One hatched 2 Days ago now waiting for some more baby’s to keep my little one company! A few finishing touches and things to get ready!

update on chicks!  My 2 little ones passed and now have 6 new ones waiting to get big enough to move outside and when weather cooperates!

Feed, bedding, water and food containers, light, to keep babies warm for they will be inside house till it warms up more here plus get a little bigger.

This is a new adventure a long time coming for me and I couldn’t be more excited having a little touch of farm life or another step towards more self-sustainment in our little urban homestead!

Back to the gardening; I have starts to transplant to larger containers now and within a few weeks can harden off and transfer to garden boxes!  Thanks to Mary’s Heirloom Seeds!   And I have starts coming up in the garden now from Marys seeds also!

I did plant some seeds this week such as lettuce, sugar snap peas, and one row of green beans.

My goal is to plant only what we can eat, can, dehydrate and freeze! Along with kitchen herbs and some medicinal herbs. It’s a great feeling when you can grow and produce your own food!

What are you all growing this year? Mine will be Tomatoes, Green Beans, Potatoes, Green Peppers, Garlic, Cucumbers, onions, and Herbs.

Having said all this leads me to where are all my supplies to get this all done?! Well I must admit mine are all over!! So it’s time to organized these tools for canning and more in one place and don’t forget the jars and supplies for dehydrating and freezing. It’s so much easier to have these similar supplies together for when they will be needed! Check, goal accomplished plus this way you will know what you need to purchase prior to harvesting your food.

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So planning and setting goals to accomplish makes life a little easier plus when the family comes together to help makes it all worth it and a little entertainment!

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All electrical in coop is finished all left to do is paint out side, chicks to young and too cold yet to be out but maybe my 3 bigger ones in a week or two . So now more planting to do plus some of my first seeds planted are up such as sugar snap peas, lettuce, green beans and that’s it for now. yard decorations a few to do!

Happy Spring Planning🌱🐓

CHICKENS

The Coop Is Done

Been a long time coming, But I’m finally getting my chickens!

Today was the day!   My son and I with a little help from hubby turned my old Tea House into a chicken coop!  It was a lot of work and fun at the same time.  The day before I began taking things out, pulling nails, moving mowers, chairs, and such to prepare for today.   We started with the support boards then built the boxes (6) and then cross support under the boxes to have better space for clean up.  It’s a good things to think ahead how to make it easier for you when it comes to the cares and cleaning.  Lord knows there will lots of clean, sweeping and washing!!  I also have a little screened window on the north and south side of coop with a lowered shutter to lock closed, So that will be good air ventilation in the hot summer months.

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We also re-enforced the corners of the inside building and will be putting up some safe insulation between the rafters later.  Electricity will be coming next week along with the fencing for run and protection.  This chicken lady is so excited!!  Its been a long time coming and yes I know there is a-lot of work involved but the fact that its one more thing I can do towards self-sustaining our home then I feel it’s just fine. Theirs not a lot I can have as an urban homesteader or I would have goats and a milk cow too!

Hey its a start and along with my new garden boxes and plants the area is going to be a beautiful place for my( Lady’s) chickens to live.  I’m still learning about them and will continue to learn as I go.

My son did a nasty thing today when we were all done and son was loading up he had me come back to the coop and said look in here mom ” Your first chicken”.  That nut had brought a dead chicken and laid it on top the nesting box!!  I was shocked and somewhat amused at the same time,  Of course he grabbed it and rebadged it to take back to his farm!   Geezzz  Boys!!!  I won’t post that picture!

Well it was a good day and more to follow along with some hard work, But at least I’m getting there and also getting my exercise in!

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All in all I accomplished my goal with the help of family and hard work.  The coop is done all but a few details  AND the eggs will be in the incubator this weekend and the count down begins!!!

This CHICKEN MOMMA IS EXCITED AND HAPPY TO GROW OUR URBAN HOMESTEAD!♥