Monday, May 9, 2011

Still Here!!

Wow, too much time has gone by since my last post!  I try to put one out once a week.  Thank you everyone for your comments and encouragment.  I soo enjoy the comments. 

We have been so busy lately.  Busy with work, work around the house and just keeping up with things.  The chickens are doing well and one of the two roosters is going to a new home this Friday where he will be "king of a new coop".  A couple in town have a new flock of hens which are only about a week older than my little ones.  I hope to be able to get a home for my one other rooster also.  I had a hen (the same one!!) that went broody about a week and  a half ago, she sat for about 3 days and then broke her brood and was ill.  I thought I was going to lose her but she bounced back and is as good as new now!  I gave her Citricidal in her water and raw, organic unfiltered apple cider vinegar.  I have done a lot of reading on Citricidal and it has been shown to be very effective as a natural type of antibiotic.  It is made from grapefruit seed and is the extract.  Even the USDA stated that it is effective for bird flu and other ailments and for them to say a natural remedy is effective, you know it must be!  I was disappointed she broke her brood as I was looking forward to more chicks, but am just glad she is well now!

Spring has been cold here and the winds have been strong.  Today was a high of 67 and that is so strange for the middle of May!  Normally, it's already hot.  But, I'm not complaining as I am not a fan of summer here.  But, I am complaining about the winds.  It seems like for two weeks now it's been nothing but windy - strong winds!

The garden is disappointing but there is some chard that is growing well.  Most everything else just seems to be stunted.  I have no idea what is wrong.  Since I sent my soil to a lab to be tested and added exactly what they suggested, I'm out of ideas at this point.  Not being able to have a garden is one of the difficult things about being in the desert.  I'm hoping things turn around for the other things planted, but I'm not getting my hopes up!

Well, that is my update!  I hope all is well for everyone and that you all are enjoying a nice spring.  I hope that those of you who are being effected by the heavy rains and storms are safe and well.


  1. Hi and I know what you mean about posting. I don't know why I don't its not like I am busy.
    It was good to see your post. I have nothing to add about your garden I don't know much. I had a garden once and it got watered with grey water from the washer and it thrived like crazy. I hope it turns around for you.

  2. I'm so NOT a gardener. I have been known to plant stuff, but weeding? No, no, no. Hope you figure it out.

  3. Posting has really been added to my list of chores, or at least that is how it seems now that we're all consumed with getting garden and yards cleaned up and planted.

    Cortney and I mowed for the first time last week and boy did it need it! Today and yesterday it's been raining, pretty much non- stop and we NEED the moisture so I'm not complaining one bit!*wink*

    Knowing he rainy weather was coming we managed to get our garden tilled( rows set, it had been rough tilled already) and planted 150 potatoes, lettuce mix, kale, swiss chard, chicory( Radicchio) and parsnips. With this rain ( over 2+ inches so far) they should get off to a good start, providing it warms up enough to germinate the seeds. The lettuce, kale, chard, radishes, turnips and beets are thriving in the green house :o) We're hoping to all our CSA shareholders to pick up their first baskets later this week.

    Glad to hear your hen pulled through with flying colors. Praying your garden goes from stunted to thriving. Glad to see your post :o)

    Praying for both of you, enjoy your summer, it apears spring got off to a late start her in MT,hoping it isn't another summer without summer too.
    HUGS and Blessings,

  4. So glad to see your post.

    I am very impressed with the progress in your chicken knowledge! Please keep sharing the information with us - it is very helpful!

    When we purchased Rose Hill Farm, it came with the worst soil you can imagine. It's taken me three years to get it up to par. My best soil, and most productive, is the soil I allow to sit for a season, with cardboard and straw over the top. WOW - that makes for great soil! The worms move in like crazy...

    Don't give up! You'll get it sorted out. The fresh, chemical free, veggie are so worth the effort! Plus, you will be surprised by how much a small garden will provide for the animals, too!

    Again, glad to see your post.


  5. Thank you, good to learn about the vinegar use for the chickens. We take that vinegar when we have colds. Nice that you were able to find a home for the rooster.


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