Archive for June, 2014

Five girls (hopefully) have joined our family:  Rose, Martha, Donna, Amy and Clara (extra points if you get the reference).

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I had chickens when I was a kid, briefly as a young adult, and again back in 2000- up until about 2005.  At that point I was so immersed in RSE I had to give up my guinea pig showing and breeding, and my chickens.  Between the kids and the business I had no time for anything else.  Also Mike didn’t like the way the chickens tore up the grass in the yard to make dustbaths when it got dry.

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Now that the kids are grown up we decided to keep a few backyard hens again.  This time around they will have their own yard, with semi-supervised free range time in the backyard.  This project has kept me extremely busy for the past 5 weeks;  raising tiny day old chicks, training the dogs not to eat them, building the coop.  Oh my gosh, building the coop- that project seemed to go on forever, but it’s finally finished!  The outside is, anyway.  The girls won’t need a real roost or nest boxes for a month or so, so I saved the furniture for last.

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They were finally old enough to move in to their new digs on Monday night, their 5 week birthday, but I actually didn’t finish all the trim and paintwork until yesterday.  I’m so glad to have it finished– on the first day of summer– finally!

The two little boys get along with the chickens great.  George is okay unless Donna pecks him in the eye, and then he will retaliate.  I’m not sure if it would be easier to teach the chickens not to molest the dogs, or vice versa.

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#2 project for the summer

Besides working on our bad eating habits, we have this project to work on:

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Meet Jesse, aka Jelly, aka Jellybelly, aka Potpie.  He came from the same wonderful lady that we got Russell from.  For the past 5 years she has always been there for us when we had questions and sought advice about our first French Bulldog.  When Jesse became available, I was a little hesitant– we have two male dogs already;  how would a third fit in?  The timing was a little wrong.  We weren’t ever planning on having three dogs at once, but I kept coming back to his photo.  On Easter weekend I asked Mike what he thought, and he said “why not?”  So we jumped in the car on Easter Sunday and drove the 6 1/2 hours to Pennsylvania (and 6 1/2 hours back) to pick up this character.

He gets along great with the other boys  (Russell loves him– he just always has that expression on his mug):

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He has become Katie’s constant companion

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Since they are so devoted to each other, I’ve decided to let Katie take charge of raising this pup and she is doing a great job!  Here they are in obedience class:

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Puppies sure are a lot of work!