Holly Cow these last few months have been pretty insane! With the new grandbaby and all the animals it has pretty much been a nut house here lately, but I really do mean that in a good way. I haven't been able to be stuck in my head very much so my anxiety has been pretty ok, for the most part. Which has been very nice. The time with my grand daughter has been amazing. I find it so hard to know that such a tiny girl has already got me and grandpa wrapped tightly around her little fingers. Of course we aren't going to tell her this...lol. However, at 42, I'm sure that I'm really ready to be called Grandma yet. I know that sounds very vain, but it's true. I don't feel old enough to be a grandma yet. So we have been trying to come up with something more fitting like Nana or something like that. But I have to say, Persephone is really doing well and growing like a weed. The picture below is Sephy (Persephone) and her Great-Grandpa (My Dad).
The Animal Farm
I think I'm beginning to feel like we have a farm here. I keep hearing about this "chicken math" and I wasn't sure what it was for a while...until it dawned on me that I have it down great! I started this 2 1/2 years ago with 8 chicks and 2 ducks. One of the ducks was killed by the chickens, so the other went to another home with more ducks. Of those 8 chickens, I have only 1 left, Red who is now 2 1/2 years old. However, I guess they way chicken math works is that once you have a chicken they tend to multiply rather quickly...lol. And they have. I think I have around 33ish chickens now. Some have names and others don't. Plus I have another 9 in the incubator which are due to hatch in the next few days. The first batch of babies are finally starting to lay eggs which is nice.
They are getting so big! I do love them to death though as they were my first hatch. The only ones in this photo that have names are the one with the cut off head (in the photo, not in real life...lol) that's McGyver because she managed to escape the brooder right after hatching. The other one is flower because when she was first hatched, she had a white spot on her head and was all black. So Flower, ya know, from Bambi... The next group of hatchlings are almost 4 moths old now. I wasn't able to snag a picture of them together though, so maybe next post I can manage that. Then there are the babies!
They are only 2 month old right now. It seems that I hatch eggs roughly ever 2 months. Last week I even got a few additions from someone who had to scale down her chickens. They are lavender bantams and the most adorable things I have seen in quite some time.
They really seem to love having the yard to roam in. As I get more chickens, I have to say that I love each and every one of them. Which is kind of funny because we got them only so that we didn't have buy eggs at the store any more. They have provided enough eggs that I have not had to buy any in about 2 years now which is amazing!
Finally, we have Bacon!
Oh..did you think the food bacon, well not yet, but he is getting very close. I have a hard time thinking about how little he was when we first got him. Very soon he will be food in the freezer though which is why he got the name Bacon. My daughter wanted to name him Porky Pig. I told her not to get too attached to him because he will be food. I guess I should have listened to that little nugget of information myself...HaHa. He lets me pet him and everything. Very sweet. But he will be leaving soon.
So I guess that's pretty much all the new news lately. I will try to update at least once a week from here on out. I hope!
Have a great day!