Monday, February 28, 2011

Spring Fever

Can you believe it? In 20 more days it will be the calender anyway and DST is only 2 weeks away! I was looking through my pictures and came across this one of my crocuses that was taken March 25,2010 and I sighed.......oh I hope spring comes early this year.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Our Small Valley Farm is Under Construction

Please standby.......It's a work in progress in here but I think I'm getting close to being done.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Happiness is.......

........... a roll in some fresh shavings!

I think we enjoyed this as much as they did!

Monday, February 21, 2011

Time is running out.....

It appears that one (some) of our hens is coming to the end of  her egg laying life.Our hens that will be two in the spring have served us well.They never slowed down and continued to lay all through the winter months'.They never had any artificial lighting,that was a personal choice but they do have natural light and I believe this is why they lay so well and are generally happier.

Poor can't be comfortable to lay this.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Looking ahead on this beautiful sunny day..... the greenhouse.Geof has been clearing snow away from the spot the greenhouse is going.The ground doesn't have one bit of frost in it! The snow has really settled down,I thought it would be deeper.

Keeps him out of my hair for a bit.LOL

Of course the freebies had to come around and see what was going on. Grass,grass,grass!

 You better get what you can because here comes your sisters!!

My favourites:)

And it's actually green!!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

12 MORE!!

I've added 12 more eggs....5 Barred Rock and 7 Silver Laced Wyandotte.....I didn't think I would be getting them until the end of the month.So,I had to make a temporary tray for them.....will switch some of mine in to the carton tomorrow and use the proper tray for the new ones.I have read that other hatcher's have had successful hatches in the carton. 

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Smells so good!

Freshly Baked Bread

One of our home grown chickens

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Set@1.00pm Feb 12,2011

39 eggs set in the incubator today,I tried squeezing one more egg out of the little red hens to make it an even 40 but no I'll add what they lay tomorrow and hopefully that will fill the third egg rack,each rack holds 16 eggs.

32 beautiful brown eggs and 7 below that you can't see.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Getting Ready!!

The incubator is cleaned and warming up! The next 48 hrs will be spent tweaking the relative humidity,the temperature won't be a problem as it is calibrated to 100 F.

This is my wet bulb,it's a shoelace type material that goes over the wet bulb thermometer. In order to get a relative humidity reading you need two thermometers,one dry and one wet.

This is the wet bulb thermometer reading.

The egg turner is set to automatic,It turns every two hours.

All I need is the eggs! wooohoooo!!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Coasting and Crowing

The kids big and small had a great time coasting.

Little Geofrey really likes the chickens and the roosters,this is my favourite rooster.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Settled In

So,the roo and his ladies are settled in.They really seem to be enjoying their courting coop.9 eggs today,so the move didn't bother them too much.I should be able to start picking the eggs I want to use in the incubator next week.

Mr.Roo(AKA Rusty) and the ladies

 Egg Sign
 Look up,way up......
 Our little piece of heaven on the hill