Saturday, November 28, 2009

eggsactly! ....That's What I'm Talkin' Bout! FRESH BROWN EGGS!

Beautiful!  It is like Easter EVERY day!
I never know which box they are
going to lay in!  I learned my lesson by
reaching in and feeling for the eggs!
Found it best to pull the boxes all the
way out to check for eggs!
Found out they DO poop in thier nesting boxes!

We have been getting 2 eggs every
day from our 2 hens.

She's checking us out!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

The fabrication of our "Chicken Cabinet"

Saturday Morning my husband and I were to meet at the "Rebuilders Center" in Portland in hopes of finding some lumber or something "already fabricated" that we could alter to make our Chicken House/Nesting Boxes.  Before I could even get a chance to park my truck, J was waiting near the front entrance with a big grin on his face...he had already found something that would work! 

A $25.00 vintage kitchen cupboard was about to become a home and nesting place for a few good hens.  With a little trimming here and there, a few hinges, some legs, and a new top, the cupboard began it's transformation.  This will fit nicely into the fenced off portion of the backyard which is partially covered.  We brought it home and went right to work on it.  Getting the 4 x 4 posts bolted on for the legs was first on the list.  (check out the groovey shelf was removed!)

J made sure that they were very stout!

We screwed on some wheels so that the "Chicken Cabinet" could be moved for easy cleaning.

Next we added a hinged top for easy access to clean, along with the access from the front doors. The hinged top will also act as ventilation in the summer as it can be popped up. We then cut a portion of the middle shelf out so that the hens could access the "top nesting bunk", chicken bunk beds!

It seemed logical to have the access door on the end where there was already an opening.  We closed it up except for a hole large enough for them to get in and out via a ramp.

Starting to look real cozy!

Hmmmm!  Bunkbeds!  Brings back old memories :)  Three of my sisters and I all slept in one bedroom for the longest time on two sets of bunkbeds. Those that got the bottom would always push up through the top mattress with their feet to irritate the top dwellers.  Great times!

These old dresser drawers were heading to the dump, so we R & R'd them!

Next on the agenda is a little outdoor paint and a "roosting" bar. Stay tuned, more pictures to come!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

You Can Have Your Cake And Eat It Too!

Happy Birthday Gary!

Oh, to be a toddler again. 
Who says you can't have your cake and eat it too?
Remember, growing old is mandatory, growing up is optional!

You are still just a youngster....I love you :)

Sunday, November 8, 2009

I've got my mind set on some fresh eggs!

I am seriously considering turning our dog run (which is never used) into a chicken coop and raising some backyard chickens!  I need to double check the city codes and check in with the neighbors too.....but I think that we will be okay :)

When searching the web I found this very informative newsletter which gave me all kinds of ideas and great advice.

"Seeds of Change" Giving Garden ~ Transformation begins in 2 weeks!

Gardening is about being able to utilize all 5 senses; feeling the dirt between your fingers, hearing the buzz of bees pollinating squash blossoms, smelling the sweet aroma of freshly turned earth and wild flowers, seeing the transformations take place when new seedlings emerge from the warm soil, and lastly, rewarding yourself and others with luscious fruits and tasty fresh vegetables at harvest time.  I am grateful for every opportunity to be able to tranform a piece of ground into an oasis of abundance to share with others.  There are endless opportunities in even the smallest of places!

Today I took pictures of the garden area in which "Seeds of Change Giving Garden" will transpire.  I cannot wait to see all of the possibilities come to life in this garden.  The garden will be a place where vollunteers can work together to grow and harvest food for the hungry.  It is not the largest of gardens, but the possibilities are endless!  If you grow it, they will come!
What has been growing here is lavender and lots of it!  We are going to replace the exsisting plants with many vegetables like lettuce, radishes, spinach, beets, carrots, squash, beans, tomatoes, peppers and more.
The garden is a possibility because of a very generous women who is donating space to allow us to utilize the area to grow food for those less fortunate than ourselves. What a blessing!

This Winter we will be on the look out for garden tools such as rakes, shovels, small hand shovels and some soaker hoses.  Soon we will be getting the beds ready for planting; digging up olds plants, replenishing old soil with compost and planning the watering system. Stay tuned to see pictures of the transformation!  I can envision squash growing here, or maybe some green beans

Monday, November 2, 2009

Pumpkin Harvest Muffin Recipe ~ Delicious!

I found this great recipe in my "Colorado Collage" Cookbook, Junior League of Denver.  Great recipe with lots of room for variations.  You could add dried cranberries, nuts, pears.....try it, you will like it :)