New Starts

Sorry I haven’t been on for a while, we’ve been a little bit busy.

We moved!!! well, sorta. We moved about like 12 houses away from our old one. It’s the same exact house, it just has a bigger backyard. So now we are able to get more chickens, bees, a larger garden, etc.

Yes, we now have more chickens. I’ll introduce a few to you later. 🙂 We bought 16 chicks are the stock market, 4 every week. They were the cutest little things, it was so fun! We gave them all names and played with them constantly. Finally, they were old enough to go live outside in the big coop with the older chickens. It took them a while to learn where they were supposed to sleep. AT first they would all just huddle up in the corner and I would have to go out and move them all to the sleeping area. They hated being moved and tried to escape back to their huddle when i wasn’t looking. They finally learned and now huddle together in the roosting area every night. 🙂
Soon after they moved into the big coop, one of the little chickens got sick. she was all puffed up, her tail was down, and she lost a significant amount of weight. she lost color in her face and her poop was red and liquidy.I didn’t know what it was, even though i researched my butt off, and snow white eventually died. Her name was snow white and she was a white polish chicky. Then the other babies started getting sick. We lost two more Americanas the next day. I kept researching it because now a majority of the baby chickens were sick. I then came across a sickness called coccidiosis. Because the chickens hadn’t been exposed to the other chickens before, their germs and poop gave the babies this sickness. I then ordered the medicine from the stock shop and called my dad and asked him to pick it up because i had a choir concert. she he picked it up on his way and when we got home, we put a couple teaspoons into their water and saved the rest of the chickens.
We also now have a rooster. His name is Zoomy (He was a fast runner) :). when we first got him as a chick, he was the smallest little chicken in the world. Even though he was tiny, he still hung out with the big kids. His comb is so large and his wings and tail are too big for his little body and short legs. He’s such a funny little guy, we had to keep him. Then once we had confirmed he was rooster and he started crowing, we started hearing a deeper, louder crow in the coop too. So i went out and looked to see who it could be, and i came across Abbey, the biggest chicken in the bunch. We couldn’t tell that she was a rooster until she-HE- started crowing because the other chickens had pecked off her tail. We renamed him Abbit and gave him to my grandparents because he was too loud. So now we are down to just zoomy 🙂
Those are just a few of our adventures with this new batch of chickens. They never fail to make us smile 🙂

This is Polly, the sister of snow white. She is a Polish Chicken.

This is Polly, the sister of snow white. She is a Polish Chicken.

This is Mr. Rooster, Zoomy. :) Idk what kind of chicken he is.

This is Mr. Rooster, Zoomy. 🙂 Idk what kind of chicken he is.

This is Summer,. She has an identical twin named winter who broke two toes when she was a baby and they just healed crooked so she has 2 crooked toes.

This is Summer,. She has an identical twin named winter who broke two toes when she was a baby and they just healed crooked so she has 2 crooked toes.

Polka-Dot! She's an Americana :)

Polka-Dot! She’s an Americana 🙂

These are our bees :) (they're behind the bamboo tarp thing)

These are our bees 🙂 (they’re behind the bamboo tarp thing)

Hello, Kitty! She lovesss people. SHe's the first chicken to run up to you as you approach them. She is our only baby chicken laying right now.

Hello, Kitty! She lovesss people. SHe’s the first chicken to run up to you as you approach them. She is our only baby chicken laying right now.

Kitty's egg :)

Kitty’s egg 🙂

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Cucumbers!!!

 

cucumbers

Well we just harvested our first cucumbers from our garden! They are delicious!!!

 

 

Our bees, our honey

My grandpa has owned bees for like 15 years but then stopped for a while. Well recently he got bees again and went out to feed them (he’s had them for about 3 days at this point). He puts on the bee suit and zips it up, but doesn’t put the boots on. He goes to feed them and they get really mad. They go for the exposed part of his body, his ankles and sting him like 40-100 times i think. He goes into Anafalactic (i don’t know how to spell it)  shock and has to go to the hospital.  He eventually recovers and finds out he’s allergic to bees and can’t have the bees anymore. So my dad takes them to this empty lot owned by a friend and starts caring for them and stuff. He starts getting more bees and brings them out to the lot so that we can get honey. Well just the other day, he brings stuff back from the hives and puts it in this thingy that spins to get the honey out of the combs. He then puts them in jars and lets the, sit in the garage for a day. Them he comes out and strains all of the wax and bees out of the honey so that we can eat it 🙂 It is DELICIOUS. The best honey i have ever had and I don’t even really like honey. It’s amazing.

Here’s a picture of the honey as we strained it.

Honey

BEST HONEY IN THE WORLD. We have now, almost 3 gallons.

Totally get bees. its worth it.

Popcorn “pop, pop, pop!”

Most people now-a-days use microwaveable popcorn. That is like banned from my house now 😉 . instead we have our own way of making it that i am sure isn’t new.

Everyone at school and that comes over falls in love with our popcorn. They all wonder how we make it/where we get it. We don’t buy our popcorn. We buy the ingredients of course but we make it at home ourselves. Here’s how we do it.

Ingredients:

  • stove popper
  • salt
  • organic popcorn kernels
  • coconut oil

Directions:

  1. put the stove popper on the stove. (of course)
  2. add in about 2 spoonfuls of coconut oil.
  3. pour in a half cup of kernels
  4. add in a half teaspoon of salt
  5. put the stove on medium or medium low heat and wait.
  6. once it starts popping, stir the stir handle quickly.
  7. once the popping stops, pour into a bowl
  8. ENJOY!

If you are allergic to tree nuts, then you can substitute the coconut oil for regular oil but it won’t taste the same. The coconut oil gives it the buttery, coconuty flavor without adding butter.

Enjoy! 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

Growing Potatoes

Growing Potatoes

I thought it would be fun to start growing potatoes. So i did. I got a trash can from my Pastor’s house and filled it with dirt. Then, i got a potato out of the pantry and stuck it in the dirt. i cut triangles into the bottom of the trash can for water drainage too. Then i watered the potatoes and they grew pretty fast! You want to grow them in the beginning of spring because they won’t survive in the heat. They are so much fun to grow and really yummy to eat!!