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We let the chickens run around the farm today. I’m building a more permanent pen and we needed to move their current one for construction room. The holes are dug and the upright poles go in this week. It will be a much larger space with a walk-in door. Should make it a lot easier to maintain them. There will also be a float-level watering system to make sure they always have fresh clean water with less work from us.
Daily Farm Pic 08.02.09 am
Daily Farm Pic 08.02.09 pm
A corn seedling catching a little water.
Okra getting ready to bloom.
Gertie the crooked beaked chicken.
Sleepy having a snack of different melon seeds.

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We grow several different salad greens. I don’t even know if we’re sure of all the varieties. Some are spicy, some sweet. They grow fast and if you continually harvest (as in 3-4 times a week) they won’t bolt and go to seed. It’s really nice to have our salad growing right out back. With our own cherry tomatoes on top, it can’t be beat.
Daily Farm Pic 07.24.09 am
Daily Farm Pic 07.24.09 pm
Part our salad greens garden.
Sweet 100 Cherry Tomatoes – they sure are sweet!
Today’s spoils…
Yummmmmm…

We are so excited today! One of our chickens layed an egg! We’re not sure which of the chickens, but it must be one of the golden comets (sex-links). We know, because the leghorns lay white eggs and the americuanas lay blue and green eggs. Hopefully, all the chickens will be laying eggs on a daily basis soon!

Well the farm pics are back up and running. Our trip was wonderful but it’s so nice to be back on our little farm. The only thing missing is our stinky little monster. I’m sure she’ll be stuffed with sweets by the time we get her back from Grandma’s.

Our potatoes are going to be topped tomorrow afternoon and reburied. They’re growing a bit fast -it must be the great compost we seem to be ‘growing’. Gertie, the crooked beaked chicken, is growing fast too. Giving her personal attention and extra feedings seem to have plumped her up to nearly the size of the other chickens.

Normally I take the photos for the farm blog but it’s so nice having a pro photographer in the family. Not only do we get to archive our progress, we get to have beautiful art in our house. You can definitely notice a difference in our photography styles.

Enjoy these photos and check out our photographer’s portfolio where you can purchase prints. When we get a few products to sell at the farmers market, we’ll be selling some matted prints as well.

Well, the outside chicken pen is almost done. Not too shabby for less than $20 in supplies, I think. The lumber was left over from another yard project, the plastic sheeting was less than $1 per sheet and the mesh was previously wrapped around the compost pile.
The chickens are growing really fast and getting really noisy. We’ve been tossing in bugs and flowers for them to eat. They also seem to love corn on the cob. They each seem to have developed their own personality. One, Gertie, has a very crooked beak but eats just fine. Foghorn (the Leghorn) is very docile and will eat from your hand and climb on for a ride. So far, the chickens have been a success.
Of course, Rusty has been a great guard dog. He’s been curious about and patient with the chickens.