Gardening in the Blind

July 31, 2010, 7:50 am
Filed under: chickens

Sweet Exploring Dixie

After weeks of fighting, my first chicken died exactly one week ago.  She started out having gape worm, then from the weakened immune system due to the dewormer she got a respiratory problem.  As she was fighting that she got splayed leg and with no recovery, weakened state we felt it best to send her off. 

I guess this was my first tough lesson in farming.  It didn’t make it easier.  I was very happy that my husband was there supporting me through it all.  Together we let her have one last time on the grass to make sure she was happy.  Then we killed and buried her.  I freaked out inside while Deron was placing her in the  burial that we made for her.  But I know that it was the right thing to do.

One valuable lesson that I have learned through all of this is that vets don’t see chickens.  I know this as I called 15 of them.  The only vet I found was at Tufts Medical.  They recommended that if you had a chicken to bring it into emergency as they would not turn an animal away.  Apparently chickens are disposable, yet they are also considered an exotic bird.  Since when is a chicken exotic?  Doesn’t make sense to me.

Rest in Peace my dear sweet Dixie…


Green Veggies all around
July 16, 2010, 10:37 am
Filed under: Herbs, outdoor gardening, Tomatoes

Part of my harvest on June 18th

Luck has been with me so far this year.  I was amazed that on June 18th I harvested more then would fit on my table outside.  I had I have been so lucky this year.  Not only are the tomatoes that are planted in my raised beds almost as high as I am, my cucumbers are flowering and herbs taking over everything.  I admit, it is weird, but I have grown to love running out and doing my painfully slow walk around the garden looking and noting the progress of everything and yes I’ll admit it – counting all the green tomatoes.  So far I have over 70 as of yesterday.  I’ve been able to pick about 10 cherry tomatoes already.  I will have to update with more pictures of just what else is growing this year!

Chicken Update – Part Two
July 1, 2010, 5:59 am
Filed under: animals, chickens

Preparing for the first night in the garage


The 29th was the first night that the chickens were not indoors in the dog crate.  They had just out grown it.  They were miserable.  So, I laid plywood down on the garage floor and placed the portable coop on it.  I spread straw out in lieu of the wood chips and Deron found 2 nice tree limbs for them to use as a perch.  We moved them outside and they were completely different birds.  They were so happy that they were running from one end to the other, from one perch to the other.  I think they were happy in the first time in a while.  They slept so much I even had to wake them up.  Allie and Amelia even perched all night.  Now if the remaining 4 will we will be set! 

Goldie perching


The next night only Allie perched and it was not on the branch but rather the top of the food.  Goldie perched during the day when I was home.  She is quite beautiful now.  Her feathers are quite striking.  It is so fun to see how they are feathering out.  It was totally unexpected with Helen.  They have to love it though as I have had to wake them up each morning.