Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Spring Chickens

If you're in some part of the country that is experiencing another winter storm...I'm sorry for ya.  I really am.  And I'll be thinking about you while I'm sitting on my front porch enjoying our beautiful spring weather.  I will gloat while I can because it's only a matter of weeks before it's miserably hot for 9 months straight.

Last weekend we spent some time planting our spring garden (well, Todd did) and I put out new flowers.  As much as I love fall, I love dusting everything off and brightening things up for spring.  The greens bed is kind of out of control.  I don't even know everything that is in there.

And it looks like the cabbage will be ready just in time for St. Patrick's day.

My daffodils came back up and the first bloom opened yesterday.  I've also got foxglove, blue bonnets and delphinium to look forward to!

Several of you have asked about the chickens.  They're great!  Our city actually finally passed the code making them legal- no more outlaw chickens!  We're actually under the limit too!

That brings me to Patsy!  She's always been our most snuggly hen.  She is very, very small and was picked on when we first got her so we've always kept her in a separate "coop" from the bigger girls at night.  Patsy is also our most likely to be broody.  Being "broody" means a hen has decided that she wants to hatch her eggs.  Normally after a hen lays an egg, she just walks right out of the coop and leaves it there for you.  When she becomes broody, she will plop down on her eggs and try to keep them warm to hatch them.  That's a problem when you don't have a rooster and the eggs aren't fertilized..they will never hatch!  Patsy "goes broody" every 3 weeks or so.  We have to physically take her out into the yard everyday so she doesn't stay on her eggs.

Well, because we're under the limit for chickens, we've decided to get Patsy some fertilized eggs and let her hatch some babies!  We're going to have Easter chicks!!

I can't wait to see the little chicks peek out from under her wing! Wait until y'all see the crazy breed we picked!


  1. What beautiful flower pots and vegetables! I have a few hyacinths that popped up in my yard. Who knows how long ago they were planted as this house has been rented the last 20 years. (We moved in last fall.) It's fun to think of the people who lived here long ago and how they planted these spring bulbs. I think I am going to plant more this fall.

    So nice to get a chicken update! It will be fun to see the little chicks when they are hatched. I'm sure your pictures will be adorable. :-) Hope all the wedding plans are going smoothly! Have a great week!

  2. Lucky you. I am in Baltimore and yearning for a little greenery. This feels like the longest winter ever.

  3. Love your greens garden!!!! Love the chickens and I want chickens too!

  4. Can't wait to meet your grand-chickens!

  5. I am hoping to get some gardening done this weekend! Louisiana is a little bit behind y'all in Florida since we still keep getting this cold fronts, but I think we are just about done after this little cold snap we just got.

    Congrats on your grand-chickens! :)

  6. Oh those garden greens look so beautiful!

  7. I love everything about this post! Beautiful flowers, greens, and chickens! I wish our town would allow us to keep chickens. I also love your photography! Gorgeous!!

  8. Oh how fun! I am going to give chickens a try one more time this year!

  9. Love your blog and beautiful flower pics!

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