Monday, October 22, 2012

It's Almost November???

I don't know where the days went, but it looks like it's almost November. This happened way too fast for me this year! We usually take a trip up north at least once in the fall, but so far we have been rained out 3 times. We will try again next weekend, but already, it's not looking good.

    The chickens are laying, a little. I think I've got 5 out of 10 giving me eggs now. The Rooster (Cyrus) is still quite shy. He is sweet, but he lets some of the ladies get away with a little too much. I suppose this is better than having an aggressive rooster.
Speckle showing off her pretty beard

   Next weekend is opening day of deer hunting season. I dropped Joe's gun off for a good cleaning next week- maybe this will help? I'd love to have a deer in the freezer. That would mean no more buying beef this winter. I've got a bunch of moose right now- Uncle got one in Aroostook county a few weeks ago.

    We made the most of the sun yesterday and took the dog for a walk at Jimmie's Pond. Foliage is past peak, but that's ok, it was still a gorgeous day.

Jimmie's Pond

Monday, October 1, 2012

Chicken Things...

    Over the weekend, we got the rooster. We picked up a black Ameracauna from the Poultry Swap in Augusta. He's real pretty, and he's nice- he just needs to figure out his place among the 10 ladies. He's a little intimidated by our big Buff Orpingtons right now. He also needs a name.

They all seem to be transitioning to fall alright- they get in the coop earlier to adjust to the shortening days, and I am cleaning the coop less. I've head that the deep bedding method is a good way to keep things warmer in the coop, so I'll give it a try, although I swear as soon as I decided this they decided to poop 5 times more than they were before...


Also, I've got more eggs! I've found one egg a day since Saturday. That brings me to a total of 4 so far. I ate the first one of course. I'm saving the rest to make caramel custard. I need 6 eggs- so maybe by Thursday I'll have it in the oven.

   As far as non-chicken things go, not too much is happening. I need to order wood. The chimney needs to be cleaned and somehow, it's already October 1st?!
dust bath