I can’t believe it’s been six weeks since our last update. We’ve been plagued with computer problems ever since that last update, including the death of my precious macbook. However we have managed to travel some and cook A LOT of goodies since then, along with plenty of fishing and hunting adventures. So, we have lots to share now that life is getting back to normal!
Another big change this summer was in our flock – we had to return Marge (our buff orpington) back to the feed store, because turns out she was a Mark. I had the feeling since they were three weeks old the Marge wasn’t a pullet, but we didn’t know until they were fully feathered and the tell-tale saddle feathers appeared.
While returning Mark to the feed store, we fell in love with a Rhode Island Red pullet that was 5 weeks old. We took Marge #2 home with us and she earned the nickname Baby by putting herself in a corner when we set her loose in the chicken run. She’s fully integrated in the flock now, making any and every bird noise but chicken noises! As a chick she trilled like a song bird, and as a teenager she’s now honking like a goose.
Patty and Selma are almost six months old now, and any day now will start laying their first eggs – we hope! After about two weeks on layer crumbles, Patty’s comb and wattles grew out of no where – they’re so big she almost looks like roo! However her legs and tooshie are all woman, so we know we don’t have another gender confused chicken on our hands! Selma’s wattles have also grown a lot, but her comb has stayed small. We can’t wait for them to start laying eggs, all of us have been out there daily giving them talks! Yesterday both of them were spending time in the nesting boxes, but I think they just like to push around the fake wooden eggs we have in there.
Jeff has hunted in the Sierras for the last two weekends for bear and deer. He’s been successful at spotting signs of bear, and seeing lots of does and fawns… but no legal bucks yet! His zone has about a 5% success rate, but he has another deer tag for a zone down south with an 11% success rate. We’re hoping for venison for the winter!! Jeff and I have already picked out some recipes for venison or bear, but we just need him to get the game first!
Now that I have my new macbook pro, I’ve tried to catch up on work and fix the mess that the transfer of my files caused. I guess there was an issue between Leopard and Lion OS, because I still don’t have it all sorted out. But, I am making more time for posting on this blog and sharing all that we have going on! I already have several awesome things lined up… so, stay tuned!