Monday, September 28, 2009

Growing Like...Chickens!

Remember these little guys?

Just take a look at them now!

Yes, it's been a while since we updated here, but Lord willing, things will calm down enough someday that we can post more regularly. (Yeah, and maybe we'll win the lottery...I can always hope, can't I?)

To recap, we have three different breeds of chickens. First up, is the Dominique. We have five of these and they seem to be the friendliest of the bunch. Or maybe they're just the boldest as they have no problem walking right up to us, probably to see if we've got food in our hands!

Next up is the Delaware, which is much more skittish than the Dominique. Personally, I love the black speckles around the neck. Lovely!

And then there are the Rhode Island Reds. We've got fourteen of these, as they will be our "production" birds.

And just so you can have an idea of how serious KountryDoc takes our chicken business, here's a look at how big the chicken run is that he made for them.

All I can say is that for all the work Doc has put into accomodating these birds, they better lay plenty of eggs 'cause if they don't...well, I do make a pretty tasty roast chicken!

Monday, August 3, 2009

Another extremely happy day at Weksny Acres

We have babies!!!!!

Here'a little photo of some of our new arrivals. They are a week old today. Sorry the pics are from almost a week ago. We have 14 Rhode Island Reds, 5 Dominiques; and 5 delawares. We only have one little one not make the trip. They are growing super right now. They've almost doubled in size since they arrived.

But that's not all!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Introducing our latest beautiful addition to Weksny Acres

Let me introduce Mary Elizabeth,

She was born here at home at 12:57 this afternoon.

Both she and Mommy are doing fantastic. In fact they are both napping as I type.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

A Man-Sized Shopping Spree

Hubby and I came into a small (very small) windfall recently. After doing the responsible things, like making sure extra bills have been accounted for and setting some aside in savings, we realized we had a pretty good chunk left. So, since I'm the bookkeeper in the family, hubby asked if we could now afford the lumber for a chicken coop. I said sure, because we really do need to get that aspect of our farm going, and besides, how much can lumber come to?

Oh. My. Goodness.

It's okay, I told myself, we really need to get the chickens started and it's a once-in-a-lifetime expense.

Then he said he found a good deal on baby chicks. Would it be okay to order them now? Sure, I said, how much can a few baby chicks come to?

Oh. My. Goodness.

It's okay, I told myself, we really need to get the chickens started and it's a once-in-a-lifetime expense.

Then he said there was a fantastic grill marked way down on clearance at another branch of his store. Could he please get it, as an early birthday present for himself? Sure, I said, because letting him grill sometimes will help keep me from over-heating in the kitchen (not to mention getting an occasional night off from cooking), and it's marked way down on clearance. How much could it come to?

Oh. My. Goodness.

It's okay, I told myself, it's a once-in-a-lifetime expense.

Yesterday, hubby and I indulged in a rare evening out (though we did have the little ones with us). "Feel like poking around Lowes for a little bit?" he asked, innocently. A little too innocently, I should've realized, but in my state of bliss at enjoying a lovely summer's evening out on the town with my hubby, I didn't notice. So, off to Lowes we went.

"Oh look, honey, they're having a clearance sale."

I should've known.

And we came home with a Troy-Bilt tiller.

Oh. My. Goodness.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

The Chickens Are Coming! The Chickens Are Coming!

We ordered our day old chicks this afternoon. There are 25 in all coming. It's a nice mix of breeds; Rhode Island Red (Standard), Delawares, and Dominques. These are all considered "Heritage" breeds because of either their rarity (like the Delawares) or the breed history (the Dominques, one of the earliest breeds in America).

Two things about ordering the chicks now would make a "normal/sane" person cry out:
1) I'm not even done building the chicken coop yet; and
2) The peeps will hatch on the 27th of this month and will arrive on the 29th. That would be two days before my beloved wife is due to deliver our beautiful new baby. That means Barefoot MomLady has not one little one running around but twenty-six of them!

When I told her that I was ordering and asked if it was okay on the delivery date, she just laughed and said ok. She is a tough, strong woman...has to be, living with me.

I was out working on the coop for a couple of hours this morning before the thunder started rumbling and the rain started falling. Needless to say, I got rained out for the rest of the day. That was ok though as we sure need the rain here at Weksny Acres. We lost most of the garden this year due to the heat wave and no rain. It didn't help that our well decided to break and we haven't been able to get it fixed yet. No one ever said that homesteading was easy.

Anyway, the pressure is on now. I've got 21 days to have the coop and run finished. It's a good thing that I do my best work under pressure. After it dries up I'll try to get some pics of the coop and it's progress to post here.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Hi There

Hi there and welcome to weksny acres. Sorry that there isn't more to see here, but this blog is like a baby chick, not much to see at first.
I do hope that you do come back and visit our farm in the making.