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Our First Chicken Eggs! And They Are Blue and Green.

One of our first chickens just layed her first two eggs, yesterday and today. Yesterday was a kind of small green egg and today was a large blue egg. Yea! Lisa calls them ‘Easter Eggers’ since they lay colored eggs. They are an offshoot of Auracana chickens from South America. Here is a shot of her first two beautiful eggs. Actually Lisa just reminded me that she called it ‘Rooster’ because she wasn’t sure about the gender. I guess ‘Rooster’ proved herself didn’t she.

Knee High Corn By The Fourth of July – Bah Humbug! HowAbout Over My Head Instead.

"Amazing what a little worm poop will do!"

I love growing corn. It is just so green and purty. I guess growing up in Minnesota and seeing massive fields of corn just kind of got it in my blood. So I really enjoy growing it BIG. This is our Three Sisters garden with corn, squash and beans. With our vermiculture bins we get the most amazing fertilizer around… Worm Poop. Sure looks like it helped these stalks reach for the sky. Of course the chickens scratchin’ and dropping there contribution certainly doesn’t hurt. And I can’t wait to walk through the rows shaking the stalks to help the pollen drift down onto the silk and pollinate each kernal. Did you know that each kernel of corn is attached to one strand of silk? So each strand needs to get pollinated in order for that kernel to grow. Can’t wait to roast some big cobs of sweet corn on the fire, and bite into those sweet kernels dripping with golden butter and a little salt and pepper. Yeah! Doesn’t get any better than that.

Crazy Urban Farmer Turns Children’s Swingset Into Chicken/Duck Condo

Necessity is the mother of invention it is said. Well we needed to build a chicken and duck coop as we had already purchased the birds from someone who needed to get rid of them because their child had developed allergies. So we drove about 50 miles to pickup 2 ducklings and 2 chicks that were about 7 days old. Got home and within a few days we were realizing we had to get something together fast as these guys were growing out of thier cardboard boxes very quickly. So I was watching the girls climb on the swingset and it came to me. The framework is all there, I just need to enclose it. So with some old pallet wood and some cabinet doors I had removed from our kitchen I put it together. The chickens live upstairs and get there by going up the slide. The duck lives underneath the chickens. It works pretty well. The girls can still play on the swingset and the birds have a nice home. Here are a few images of the girls and birds. We now have 4 Chickens and 4 Khaki Campbell ducks so we should be having lots of eggs soon since they are all good egglayers and they each lay close to 1 egg a day throughout the year. I am looking forward to trying out the duck eggs and having fresh chicken eggs whenever we want.

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