I sure have lots of broody hens this year. We just had another small hatch and I’m convinced “Elvis” is not spreading the love around and it’s time to add another rooster to the flock or two. This hen was set with 11 eggs (not all hers) and she started hatching on Sunday and finished yesterday with only four little chicks.
This red hen is due to hatch on the 26th.
These two ladies are wanting to set as well and I have to lift them off eggs that other hens are laying every day. Wish I could find some good fertile eggs!!
I have noticed that none of my green eggs are hatching so it will be interesting to see what kind of egg layers these turn out to be. I’ve set almost forty eggs this spring and only have eight chicks make it though 10 hatched. I’m hoping red hen will do better! Updates later.
We’re ready for a cold winter after this load is put in the woodhouse. I believe it’s a total of three pickup loads full. Hubby split it in three days while I was at work. Now we need to put it in the shed to keep it dry for winter use.
Heating oil tank on the backside of the woodshed.
This fuel tank was used for heating oil when hubby’s aunt & uncle lived here. The back side of the tank was against the wood shed and years of rain off the roof, onto the tank and draining against the wall has rotted it badly and it was placed against a door to the back side of the shed. This is what it looks like after years of rotting.
We’ll replace the door and use it to throw the wood in for stacking. It will be easier to back the truck up to that opening. Always something to repair or replace but this door will make it easier to throw the wood in the building instead of the window.
The shed is already two-thirds full from wood we didn’t have to use last year.
We will surely be warm in the coming winter months!
Hubby repaired the rotten door today and did an amazing job. He plans to paint the entire building with a old time mixture to preserve it the rest of OUR lives. Here’s the results and it was the first door he ever made from scratch. He’s so amazing!
No words, just the beauty of my photos, says enough I think!
Mother’s day hanging table
Peonies and Iris
Hostas & geraniums
Locust post birdhouse
Peonies and Iris
White rose (old)
Red Rose (old)
I have two of these in the yard and I can cut them back to a foot tall and by June they’re back full of green, pink and white. It’s so pretty and covers the ground at the yard entrance with rose petals all summer.
Back in early May I showed everyone the beautiful orchid a friend from Greece brought to me.
I do love these fragile flowers and a friend of my that lives in Craig and has a winter/summer home in Florida gifted me these because of my beautiful daughter. My daughter is the orchid of my life but these try to out bloom her. My friend and daughter’s best friend, Martha just came back to the country and these beauties traveled very well on the ride back so they could reside in my kitchen. Martha you have made my month and brightened my life more than it already is, if that’s possible.
This is my beautiful orchid, Heather! She doesn’t sit still long enough to get a picture of her alone but I’ll take what I can get!!
Thank you Heather and my beautiful friends! I love you all! :)
My egg crop is dwindling these days because someone or should I say several of my ladies have decided to be “mommies” too!! This lady hatched two little ones about two weeks ago.
Then this lady fought me tooth and nail everyday when I tried to stop her broody situation and alas, she won out! She’ll hatch next Monday if all goes well.
Ten days later little red hen got real grouchy and tried to peck me every time I caught her on the nest. I decided there was room enough for a few more chicks in the hen-house so I set her too.
This may be his last year with the harem if we don’t get better hatches than the previous two were. Two out of nine eggs hatching is not great odds. He dpes have his own special ladies but you’d think he could spread the love around. Plus, there’s no eggs coming from these ladies while they’re setting and raising their young. We’ll see how things go and give progress reports as the summer rolls on. Now I have to figure out how to stop two more hens that have decided they like this kind of life as well!!