easing back into life……

I'm back! Well, sort of.

I'll be here a little less frequently in the coming weeks as I'm borrowing internet to swing in and say hello. We're counting down the weeks until we drive just a few short hours to our new home. It's four, you know, in case you were wondering. I'm currently debating whether I should order chicks now and bring them along…… or order them to come to the new house later this summer. Can I order them when the house isn't quite ours yet? That might be bad luck, no? I've done an insane a little bit of research and I want just a small flock. Six or eight hens. Marans, Easter Eggers & Welsummers. I know you fellow chicken enthusiasts are out there…. what do you think?

We're getting settled into our little apartment. It's on the second floor and the light that comes in all day is really dreamy. The essentials are unpacked and it feels kindof sortof like home. Well, except that part where I'm missing Joe like crazy already. 

 

easing back into life.....

 

easing back into life.....

 

Camp chairs and totes make excellent temporary furniture, no? And yes, the keyboard came along for the girls. I really had to because, well….. I brought my sewing machine and serger with me. Two or three months without it seemed like f-o-r-e-v-e-r. Which reminds me, I picked these up yesterday. A slight detour from grocery shopping. Yes Joe, I know you are not surprised. 

 

easing back into life.....

 

I guess that's really it for now. 

How about you? I feel like we haven't chatted in ages.

What are you making? Did you cook anything amazing lately?

Do tell….

 

22 thoughts on “easing back into life……

  1. Hope all goes smooth in the transition! How nice to have lovely light in you temporary space!
    Have you ever had Rhode Island Reds? Fitting to your new home yes, but we loved ours. Such sweet chickens!

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  2. Glad you are settling in! Good thing it’s only temporary…living in an apt without Joe. About the chickens…If it were me..as hard as it would be, I would wait until you are settled. Moving in and immediately having to worry about chicken housing will not be fun..trust me, we know. You’ll be better off settling in and then worrying about chickens.

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  3. that sounds like a great bunch of chickens. 🙂 i do love hens. i thinking waiting till your settled would probably be the best idea, although not the funnest.

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  4. Ahhh–I just commented and it disappeared. 😦 Sorry if this ends up posting twice…but what I said was, I can see both sides of the chicken argument. On one hand, they’ll be very portable for the first month or so, and they would probably be a nice diversion. On the other hand–with that kind of timeline–you’re going to be worrying about setting up their housing at the new place before you get to unpack the boxes of your own. That last bit would completely stress me out, as I like to get settled quickly after a move.

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  5. I have to add on mine that that is a great group of chickens…I think I have the same ones. I KNOW I have Marans and EE’s and I MAY have Welsummers. I HOPE I do anyway.

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  6. So glad you are settling into your temporary space. Gotta love that light!
    I’ve only had chickens once. I started with a flock of 12, 6 Golden Comets and 6 Barred Rocks, and I’m down to one Barred Rock, Polly Anna. She is just 4 and doesn’t lay eggs anymore. In fact, she only laid for 2 years! Make sure you get hens that are hardy to the northeast. I would also wait until you got settled in before you get some chicks, unless you know your new home is already for them once you arrive. They grow so darn fast!
    I think I’m going to get some ducklings, maybe 4. I LOVE them, but never had any before! Hopefully Polly Anna will like them!
    It’s fun seeing my sponsor button on your site! Yay!

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  7. I feel you! We are still living out of a hotel room with two more weeks to go. I wrote a whole post about cooking in a hotel the other day. Thank goodness we are in France the land of food. I haven’t made anything recently. Just a little knitting. Love the light in your temporary home.

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  8. I raised several groups of silkie bantums….they were very sweet! What a great experience for your children, raising chickens!

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  9. Welsummers are lovely. My other favorite are Jersey Giants. They lay very large brown eggs and have such a calm soothing temperament. We hope to rebuild our coop soon. Our flock was killed by raccoons who managed to squeeze into an unbelievably small gap. Personally, I would get a little settled first, get chicks in September – they will be nicely feathered before winter and then you will have nice eggs come spring.

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  10. I think we had a Red the first time we had chickens. She was a sweet girl!
    I ordered them!! They are due to arrive at the new house mid July. I could barely contain the excitement as I typed their shipping address in. Eight fluffy chicks to arrive at a home I have yet to see. Oh my~~~

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  11. Ordered!! I bought 8 from mypetchicken. They are shipping mid July. Plenty of time to settle and be prepared. I can’t believe I have them set up to ship to a house I don’t even live in yet. Ahhhh!

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  12. I ordered 8 babies! They will ship in mid July……. which is funny when you think about it, because their egg hasn’t even been laid yet! We’re very excited. Time to get settled and then time to devote to a tiny flock of peeping chicks.
    Ducks sound so fun! I’ve heard they have lovely personalities. And I know you will get some wonderful photos of them…… ducklings are the cutest!

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  13. We pre-ordered them for mid July. That gives us plenty of time to settle and be ready for their arrival. The should be plenty feathered to go out to the coop in late september…… We ordered 4 easter eggers, 2 welsummers, & 2 lace winged wyandottes. I am so looking forward to having chickens again!!

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  14. Yay for baby chicks! Once you are unpacked and have the chicks settled in, you will know you are home.
    I definitely decided to get 4 ducklings. I’m getting Welsh Harlequins, which are a friendly, docile, excellent egg layer, plus they are beautiful. I found 2 other people to go in on the order with me since the place I order from has a minimum of 10. So now I need to go to the farm store to get a few supplies. I already have housing and a temporary pen. Can’t wait! And yes, there will be lots of photos!

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  15. We have bought/hatched tons of chicks over the past 10 years. So much fun and so cute! My kids love it. They will live quite happily in a big tote lined with newspaper (like the one in your window) for several weeks inside the house. It can get a little smelly though unless you’re really good about changing the newspaper daily and cleaning it regularly. But a temporary solution will keep you from feeling too pressured and that will give you some time to build a great outdoor structure.

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  16. We ordered them! Pre-ordered, actually. They won’t be shipped until mid July….. but we’re so excited! Hopefully the timing works out well and they’ve got their adult feathers in before it gets chilly. The tote inside is a great idea for when their bigger. Especially if the day is warm but the evening is cool. I can’t remember how old our last flock was when we finally moved them outdoors…… but I think spring in Duluth is much cooler than fall in MA 🙂

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