Our very first Chickens

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Our Very First Egg!

It’s certainly exciting getting our first chickens! We’ve had them since last fall, and their all settled in; Enjoying our large backyard to their every whim before we build their new coop and run this spring, I’m sure they’ll have a few arguments against that.

I have to say, you hear from everyone that if you let them free-roam they are just going to destroy your yard and make it a mud pile! Well, we thought this great as there is a large portion of it that we want taken out to plant our garden area…problem being, they only ruin the areas THEY want to, not the ones you hope they do. Pretty obvious I guess, right?

So it goes, we’ll have a little repairing to do, and more work taking out the garden area than intended but so it goes! Were just happy to finally have them, our very own chickens!

We rescued six older ladies, their about 2-3 years plus is our understanding, through this winter we were getting between 1 to 3 eggs a day (though 3 egg days were pretty rare).
Typically at their age, their egg laying declines heavily, younger girls would be laying regularly one a day. To us though it’s just the thought that our very own chickens are giving us eggs which makes this all so wonderful!

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A few weeks into having the Chickens and  realizing they have Scaly Leg Mites

When we got them the poor things had something called ‘Scaly Leg Mites’, so I researched high and low on how to help them and make them feel better. Most mites you suffocate with tiny particles of dust, which is why supplying a dust bath for your girls is very important to keeping them healthy and happy. These mites though are a different story, living on the legs and burrowing under the scales lifting them up, they need to be suffocated by completely coating them in an oil substance that won’t just get washed away.

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The worst of their Scaly Leg Mites

We tried, olive oil, oil and tea tree, etc., and it just wasn’t doing it. Luckily for us, having only six chickens makes the ordeal of treating them a whole lot easier…I couldn’t imagine dealing with more! We finally came across the solution of using vaseline on their legs, as well as some warm water and soap soaks and light gentle scrubs to loosen the dead scales. Oh boy what a difference! We were relieved to notice improvements on most of them within a week, but some of the others were more persistent. Eventually, and finally, we were able to battle them gone… Phew!

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Our Happy Well-Fed Chick-Chicks

From what I could gather, they get them from wild birds and where they were raised as well as us got plenty of those, especially making sneak attacks into the shed we converted into a temporary coop to steal some of our chicken pellets (we suspect). Hopefully with the new coop this won’t be an issue, but you never know I guess.

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Getting Acquainted

Little miss brown really enjoys it when we rake up the leaves! She even tries to help with her little feet ­čÖé

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Renovations

Well, we’ve been very busy bees for this whole wintertime…
After having just moved in, trying to get settled in, life just keeps sending us new adventures to keep up with – good thing we both love challenges!

We are finally at the point where we just about finished the bathroom, other than a mirror, caulking and some trim there’s really nothing much else to it other than a little decor and some little finishings, phew! That was certainly a very complicated drawn-out adventure of a renovation!! One thing after another, decisions to be made, things needed to be repaired unexpectedly, etc. it was certainly a huge project but I’m so happy we’ve just about got it done!

Between us both working full-time, midst construction, trying to unpack and keep things reasonably sane we also discovered the exciting news of our pregnancy!
The world works in mysterious ways, and funny enough likes to tell you that it knows timing much better than you ever would…and I have to agree.

We have this thing about both of us where we like to be prepared, like really prepared, for absolutely any next step in life we take together. This is a great thing except that sometimes it can backfire and you end up just waiting and dreaming vs. actually living it a lot sooner when it is possible but perhaps not entirely “ideal”.

Regardless we are so excited to be able to welcome a new addition to our family. During this time of me writing I am currently 35weeks 3days, and we are in the middle of a new renovation – the nursery! Don’t worry, we are both completely sane despite how crazy this sounds! Thinking about it, we decided now would be the best time to do it to avoid dust, moving our settled child, etc. to be able to do it later on. We’ve decided to gut the entire room to re-insulate, re-drywall and re-finish the beautiful hardwood flooring that is in there (desperately needed). It’s going to look so good when were done!

Funny thing though is that we get so excited to be doing it, we forget to take before photos! The bathroom is one that we definitely missed on, though I did manage to capture the nursery fully broken to it’s bones. I’ll be sure to post finished photos too and share the nursery when we’ve got it all decorated and put together, Yay!

I’m so lucky to be with a man who is so capable of absolutely anything…he really is a most wonderful person and on top of it all an amazing tradesman. Due to funds being of a specific amount, we would really be unable to have done any renovations if it wasn’t for him doing all the labour, including help from our most wonderful family members.

Now I’ll just have to figure out the most perfect gift to give them all as a huge thank you.

 

Winter Wonderland

Well, winter was absolutely beautiful! Just the perfect amount of snow, rain and cloudy days to balance each other out. Spring feels like it came early this year too which is nice, though I’ll share a few captured moments from the last long months I have been very quiet.

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Snow Covered Backyard

It was certainly an eventful winter, with renovations, new chickens, work, unpacking and the pregnancy, we were very busy getting things done!

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Our Christmas-time Pregnancy Announcement

Were so excited for our new addition to arrive, very soon we’ll have a little squirmy guy to introduce to family and friends!

The walks over winter were rare together as our full-time jobs don’t line up for days off together, but thankfully with holidays we were able to have those precious moments.

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winter wonderland walks

Olive, our beautiful pup-dog got spoiled by Santa at Christmas too, among the many toys she got she also got delicious local handmade treats from Bone Love Dog Treats!

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Bone Love Dog Treats, some of her favourite!