morning chores……

morning chores

morning chores

morning chores

morning chores

morning chores

morning chores

morning chores

morning chores

morning chores

morning chores

Each morning one or more of us tumble out of doors into the coldness to check on chickens and rabbits. Sometimes through snow. Often breaking the ice in their water bucket and replacing it with fresh water. They always seem so grateful for this. We invested in a heated water bottle for the rabbits and it's worked out really well. They always come out of their little den to say hello in the morning.

The hens have been eating layer pellets by Green Mountain that I found at a little feed store just over the MA/RI border. I've been supplementing them with a cracked corn & barley too. Especially on colder days. They get lots of kitchen scraps. Veggie peelings and squash are their favorite. They've enjoyed eating a bit of alfalfa hay too. I've read in a few places that giving them hay during the winter will help keep their yolks bright yellow. I guess we'll know soon enough when we get some eggs. They're nearly six months and could start laying anytime now! We're curious about which breed will lay first. (Easter Egger, Welsummer, or Wyandotte)

Joe built another compost pile & we stopped adding to the huge heap where the garden will be. He turns it often and it is amazing how much heat & steam comes off of it. Even on the coldest of days! This spring the floor of the chicken coop will go into the new pile and we'll be on our way to making good dirt. Everything I've read says patience is key…… in time you will have good dirt. Poop, compost, patience.

This is the month to dream of gardens, right? Swoon over seed catalogs & dream of fruit trees. We ordered our fruit trees & berry bushes from this company & so far all of my vegetable garden seeds are from here. I'm trying to keep things fairly simple, it's so easy to dream bigger than I can manage. 

And speaking of dreaming big…… Bee School starts February 11th. I've waited months for this. I'm really beyond excited. If all goes well we should be getting bees this spring. Oh goodness….. this little homestead dream seems to be coming together.

xo~

s

 

16 thoughts on “morning chores……

  1. Your chickens are sooo pretty! Everyday commitment – a labor of love, for sure. Each spring I daydream on the possibility of raising chickens, and each spring, talk myself out of it…

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  2. How exciting! We are in the midst of all the same. Morning chores, composting patience, bee excitement! My husband is headed to a local beekeepers meeting this evening. His first one. The thought of adding bees to The Tiny Farm equally terrifies and thrills me.

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  3. It's only tough in the winter. But the rewards are so worth it. A few minutes of tending and you are rewarded with the most delicious eggs. Organic pastured eggs run $5 a dozen in my area….. I remind myself of this when it's ten degrees πŸ™‚

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  4. My thoughts exactly on the bees! How much space do you have? We have an acre and we abut city land, so it feels like more. I can definitely tuck them into a corner. I really can't wait to head to class next month!

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  5. WoW! Your pictures took me back a few years. I still have my right index finger bother me at times when it is cold. I froze it breaking water off the chicken’s waterer as I had a hole in my glove. I love the pic of your colorful chickens. I found that my chickens didn’t lay as well when the weather was cold. HAPPY FARMING! Love it!

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  6. I am sure they will in some way KC. I know it's hard waiting…….. and there is so much you can do in the smallest of spaces too! Even herbs in the window and walks to the farmer's market are homesteading πŸ™‚

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  7. Thank you so much. 25 is chilly! After four years in the south I must admit to being very grateful for this mild winter. Cold snaps here and there followed by warm days…. I don't mind it one bit!

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  8. I remember that story! The plastic bucket is the greatest. Less cold than anything metal and I just dump it outside the coop & stomp on it to get the ice out. We have water in the basement too, so a nice warm place to fill up their bucket. We got eggs today!!! I'm so excited. The Welsummer's have deep brown eggs. They are so beautiful. I was surprised to get them with the cold…. but grateful! Hopefully by this weekend I'll have collected enough for our first official breakfast from the backyard πŸ™‚

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  9. Bees?!?!?!? Youre crazy woman! lol However, I cant wait to see/read how that goes.
    The chickens look great. Nice and fluffy.

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