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I am a 50+ yr old stay at home wife of a scientist/Military man.  I raise chickens for eggs, rescue dogs & cats & spoil them all.  I am a silver/metal smith & stained glass artist.  I, at one time was an secondary art teacher & Social Studies teacher.  I am sorta a eclectic earth mother who recycles everything I can get my hands on.  Enjoy working with power tools & even built my own 10ft by 6ft chicken coop.  am pretty much interested in learning everything I can thur books, magazines & friends. I enjoy veggie gardening & doing gardens just for the chickens. I also sew & love making pioneer style comfortable clothes for myself & adding vintage lace when I can find it. I am pretty easygoing, but need my coffee first before I am ready to face the world & day.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Farewell for a while/ off grid living

Well tomorrow night the computer gets shut off & when set back up on the farm, will only be off line when I am up in the apartment repairing the floors & walls.  I plan to try on really bad cold days to sit down & write about what I am doing that may get published later.

I have yet to talk to my little sis, but am hoping if I mail her a Blog, she will write it here for me.....I would hate to have the blog sit for a year while you all wait for me to get back.

The sisters being here was WONDERFUL, I think I may have worked them a bit too much with picking,cutting & canning 23 quarts of apples, plus a 2 day trip to the NY farm where we had to work on the coop since the truck trailer somehow got turned onto its top since I was least I think Mr. Grumpy is really not happy about me being there.....

But little sis & I worked 2 days & got another building semi-ready & on Friday when I drive up there, I should be able to finish it before dark....if not I will be sleeping in the huge tent with the chickens that night so I know they are protected.......I may be covered in chickens if its cold, but as long as they don't peck out my hair I will be fine.

Bad day...had to put 2 hens down.  One was egg bound & after 2 weeks had not gotten it to move from the ovum area & the other one was sick from the neck feathers being pulled out & an infection set in.  Thank goodness I had the chloroform but its still so painful for me to do.  I hate doing it & I always cry for them when they are gone, but I know that it's the best thing I can do for them.
                              Samantha who had neck infection

                                       Coraline, the egg bound hen

Little Peeps, Bowzers baby she didn't like, is growing & doing well.  Needless to say already spoiled & falls asleep in my hair.  Since I will not have heat except for the wood stove will get out the homemade cashmere chicken sweaters & alter one for little peeps to wear when the wood stove isn't going.

Since I am still sick from the nasty cold Thomas brought home with him I think I will be doing things quite slow once I get there so I am sure little Peeps will be with me most of the time.  When I first got chickens I made a little bag that hangs around my neck with a fish netting window for them when they are in it.  This way I can have them with me but I can use my hands....most of the time the babies will fall asleep in it unless I am moving alot.

Tomorrow at 12 noon we go get the Uhaul & tow bar.  Since I am sick, we are pulling the car with us so Thomas can drive it back here when we are done.  I decided it was a lot cheaper to just drive the Uhaul one way, plus I can put the cats in the carriers in the back seat of the car with the windows down a bit & they can howl all they want without me going batty.

I have all the cages for the chickens out & cleaned & they will go into the Uhaul last so that when we stop every hour I can get to them to feed & water them & check on them.  They will go in the truck tomorrow night to sleep so I am not upsetting them in the morning moving them.  this way they will be in the truck & resting before we leave.

It will also let me see before we go who is fighting or pissy & can change out those to other cages if needed.  chickens travel quite well if you put plenty of bedding down for them, I also got some travel blankets from Uhaul to put on top of each cage so they feel safer.

The main thing is not to take turns super fast or brake fast....& to stop every hour  to check on them...Will do the same with the cats.  Little Peeps will be in the truck with us as will be Daisy Mae, the lizard.  Daisy will be in a cage of her own & Little Peeps will end up I am sure in my hair.

So much to still do but no energy, but I suppose it will get done as it is needed & no matter how stressed I feel, the important stuff will get done.

Well until I can get back on here or have little sis do my blog I guess this is it for a bit...until next time have a wonderful chicken day.....M'


  1. I sent you something in the maik just so you know that I am there for you. Please take care of yourself and let me hear from you when you can - I know you will be up to your eyeballs but know I am sending love, light and peace to you.

  2. Brain dead Grace - forgot to say I am so sorry for the two souls lost but loved. Hugs and Love