A lot has been going on around here, so much so that I feel like I have not posted much lately. School is in full swing with my daughter who just turned 8 (last Friday) in third grade and my baby in Pre-K. Pre-K is only two and a half hours a day, and we live out of town a little bit, so I feel like I spend my days going back and forth into town dropping off and picking op the kids. But anyways, I have to admit, I let the garden get out of control and now its more like a jungle, but we did find our very first pumpkin, planted by my son.
As far as other veggies, we got tons of radishes and peas earlier, lots and lots of tomatos, but my cucumbers did not do so well this year....oh well looks like I will not be pickling this year.
If you have been following the renegade chicken saga, I have an update for you. Due to continuously setting a bad example for my other hens, and constantly flying up to the top of the pen and jumping down on the neighbors side of the fence, I had to clip her wings. This is not painful or inhumane, consider it a little haircut. I trimmed the long feathers on her wings so she can no longer fly. Since then the coop has been a peaceful place.
I was pleasantly surprised to find eggs in my coop the other day. I was expecting the hens to start laying anytime now since they are 6 months old, and one has, one of my Rhode Island Reds. I can't wait until the Auracanas follow suit, they lay bluish greenish colored eggs. What I was not expecting yet was eggs from my ducks, but at least one has started laying. I thought I read that they start at 9 months, so now I have to do some more research. And just to clear up any confusion, duck eggs taste just like chicken eggs.
Labor Day weekend is just around the corner and I am super excited because we are taking a mini vacation to Wisconsin Dells. This will be a much needed break and family time for all of us. Due to my husbands long hours at work (we are not complaining at all) we just did not have a chance to do too much over the summer so we are going to have one last hurrah before the nice weather is gone.