I have a lot of fun with the chickens. They are better than TV and always do something unexpected or amusing. I am also easily entertained by looking at who is looking at this blog. Many folks stumble upon this blog when looking for "necked farm girls". It is pretty funny. For the sake of Political Correctness, I will not mention from which countries these Google searches originate. Suffice to say, they are not ones in which scantily clad girls are readily available. Now maybe you will forgive my slightly twisted sense of humor with the title of the blog. Teehee...
For those of you who have ever lost a beloved pet, you know that it creates an empty feeling in your heart. I know it must sound strange that a chicken held that place, but she did.
Tyner was one of my golden eagle girls, one of the four Ameraucanas that rats attacked when they were babies. Two of her sisters were killed and Tyner sustained injuries to her beak that later compromised her life. She ended up with a scissor beak which made it almost impossible for her to eat normal food. For the last 3 years she has been fed a mash version of her feed out of a dish, licking up every morsel. She was always quite persistent in telling me when she was hungry and would chirp out a special call for me that sounded like she was saying, "lert, lert..." I always knew where to find Tyner because of that call. On the days when we would let them run around the yard, Tyner would chase me down to tell me she wanted her food, following me all the way up to the back door. Tyner is one of the two chickens I tattooed on myself. I knew she was special when she was a baby and will always be with me. Bye, Sweetheart.
Sometime around the winter holidays we lost or misplaced our camera battery and charger. For a blogger, that makes life a little harder and more challenging. I am happy to run around taking pictures of what is happening today, starting with Farmer Jeff and his seed starts!
He has started 1,000 plants and 25 varieties, or at least that is what it was yesterday! Who knows what he will do in the next few weeks. Well, actually, I KNOW what he is up to. He is building the greenhouse! For those of you that lean more towards the hibernation end of life, I know you feel sorry for me right about now. Yes, if you didn't realize it before, I AM married to a hybrid of the energizer bunny and Tigger.
Farmer Jeff loves to re-use things. In the new lingo, this is called "up-cycling". In the old days this was using your noggin by using stuff you already had! The redwood is from the old fence from behind the restaurant and the windows are from the "buy it here" area of the local dump. Yes, the most feared words to be uttered by Farmer Jeff, "Honey, guess what I bought at the dump today?!!!". He actually started gathering for the greenhouse a couple years ago and that is when he first found the windows. We went back to buy the windows and I was left at the dump as collateral so he could go and get cash 'cause they didn't take checks, but that is another story for another time!
He is really close to being done. He has just attached the first set of roof windows. The next challenge will be installing the sliding glass doors that are going up for the larger part of the roof. He has
engineered this whole thing himself. I don't have a clue how to put it together!
While Farmer Jeff has busied himself with the greenhouse and tomatoes, I have been tending to the baby chicks! They are just so damn cute! I was once told that the word "cute" only applies to things younger than 6 months...and this works! I went to Western Farm Center to buy baby chicks and ended up with 4 four month old Ameraucana pullets (female hens pre-egg laying age) and then 6 day-old chicks. I also picked up 3 black Astrolorp babies (Australian Orpingtons)and we are looking after them while they are away. Take a look at the video I took last night!