Monday, June 20, 2016

Got any ham?

We've added a couple of Isbar hens to our flock recently, and one of them just started laying.  She lays a beautiful, sage green egg...

   so we are all set for Green Eggs & Ham!

House Guest

We had a brief house guest last week.  Ms. Thing had a bloody nose, so I brought her in to doctor it up and let her hang out for a little while in the A/C.

Gus didn't quite know what to make of our temporary house guest.

And then there were two...

Several weeks ago we added three little Marans to our flock.  We named them Bessie Smith, Ella Fitzgerald, and Etta James.

Not long after that, we determined that Bessie Smith was likely a BOY, and has since been called Mr. Smith (although I often call him Romeo, because he loves to love).

left to right:  Ella Fitzgerald, Etta James, and Bessie (Mr.) Smith
Now that they are all just a little bit older, Ella Fitzgerald (below center) now known as Fitz, has started crowing too!

I'm holding out hope that Etta remains a girl!

Enjoying Farm Life

So... it's been a while.  We've definitely been busy!

In May, we moved to our new location.  A quaint and very rural piece of property just outside Nolensville, TN.  We've been busy adding buildings and chicken coops and are soon to add MORE CHICKENS!  I have 7 eggs in the incubator now (only 4 appear to be fully developed); they should hatch mid-week.  We will also be adding another large coop, the largest we've ever had... a 14' duplex coop made by Heritage Ways Farm in the next few days.  We'll also have our self-serve Egg Shack open in the next few days as well.  Just a few signs to put up and we're ready to go!

In the past few weeks our little farm has been added to the Local Hens website as well as Pick TN Products.  Getting approval from the Dept of Agriculture was certainly exciting!

On a more somber note, we said, "Goodbye" to Bud, our Lavender Orpington Rooster last week.  He laid his head down next to his favorite hen and went to sleep forever.  He was such a sweet gentleman; it was shocking and hard to see him pass, but I believe it was for the better in the long run. We suspect he had neurological problems from the time he was born.

So, here are a few pictures of the coops and the Swedish Flower Hen flock.  They'll be more to come as we get things moving along.