Thursday, April 24, 2008

Got Chicks?

So, last time we chatted, I was going to do my experiment with the pups locked up, and the chickens out... Have I left you in suspense for too long??

I did let the chickens roam free for about an hour... the following are my reasons for chickening out on my original experiment (I was talking about leaving for about 5 hours!).

Within 15 minutes Patchie wound his chain around the swing set leg to the point of 'no neck' and I figured he would either 1.) break the leash and go on a chicken killing rampage or 2.) choke...

Then, the little puppies looked like prisoners in the kennel... and we all know prisoners like to break free...and become repeat offenders...

So, basically, I am a 'worse case' scenario worry wort.. I put the chickens back in their yard, and the puppies were set loose again. And I left for Boise, confident that no troubles would occur. And I was right!

Now, for our latest news..
Yesterday, I picked up our new chicks... All 21 of them! The kids are excited. The intent is for the kids to sell eggs at the Farmers Mark. Now, I know, and perhaps some of you know, that these babies aren't gonna be laying until August! So, a short egg season it shall be. Which means lots of chickens to 'over winter' until the big egg season of 2009. Oh well.

This week has also been my heavy lifting week, and I am now officially worn out and wanting a massage! Too many boxes of meat to move from here to there... I asked the processor to pack our boxes in 40 pounders so I can lift them.. but noooo, they gotta test me with 46 to 56 pounders. I don't think they understand that this is a one woman gig. And that after they are loaded in the back of my car, I have to unload them, and re arrange them, and take them to various other places as well. The boxes don't get handled just once. They get handled probably 4 or 5 times!

So, that's the latest. Other than the Big Garage Sale happening Saturday. I'll tell you about that later. I have lots of sorting, packing, and organizing to do!


*karendianne. said...

Right away I was taken with the lovely chicks. Very pretty.

I don't know what "over winter" means. Too bad I didn't have a computer and couldn't just Google that, ha?

Look forward to hearing about the Garage Sale, too. I'm hoping to have one to raise funds for some household needs.

Andi - didn't I say - "Archetype of the Pioneer Woman?" She did heavy lifting, too. Of course, soon she had her big strong son to help. ;)

The Makings of a Story of Love, *karendianne.

Valerie said...

I love the baby chicks! I really enjoyed your blog. I found you through Karen Dianne Lee.

Cynthia said...

Ahhh, Andi...what cute chicks!!! Love the fresh eggs we get from a local farm. I think your kids will do well in their new venture. Yes, wintering them will be fun, but think of the yield next year!!!

As for the dogs, hon, I am so with you. The poor chickens will need to stay in!

noble pig said...

You've been busy!!!!!

Cute little chickies.

Sue McGettigan said...

Oh, cute baby chicks!! LOL at the dogs, wouldn't they love to snack on chicken :) My parents kept chickens (and roosters) for a few years, they loved that whole cycle-o-life thing and all the fresh eggs :)

Sandy said...

I love all your ranchy stories, Andi! And I just love the baby chicks!! Would any of them like to be featured in our gift catalog?? I'm always looking for chickies I can silhouette and let march around the pages! heehee....