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Fall is on the way

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Fall is definitely in the air.  There's a cold bite to the morning and evening air that has been missing the past few months and it's something to be truly grateful for.  Everyone is posting pumpkin this and pumpkin that and all I can post is a pumpkin colored hat and a little garden space.

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This garden has been one of my most productive years, literally made me giddy every time I went to harvest.  It produced over 23 pounds of potatoes, 25 pounds of green beans, 20 pounds of zucchini (and uhm...more that literally just went to the chickens because how can one family possible eat that much zucchini?!?!), couple pounds of onions, just a handful of raspberries, 12 pounds of blueberries, and a nice assortment of kale, cabbage, tomatoes, and cucumbers.  

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Now it's time to clean up.  Time to put the girls to work alongside me while we put the beds to rest for the winter.  Weekly goals include finishing tilling up the garden, laying down some mulch, letting the girls tackle the weeds and aerate the space for me. I think I see a cup of coffee and some knitting taking place while I watch them work.

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Happy Fall Y'all!

Xo,

Betsy

 

First Egg

Betsy Farmer2 Comments

It's here everyone!!  As an expectant egg mama for 21 weeks and 2 days, I'm proud to introduce our first egg!  All the work to build the coop (thanks mom), the run (thanks hubs), the bags and bags of feed, the close-eye evening free ranging, the sweaty cleaning of the coop/run workouts, the photo shoots, the singing to them in the wee hours of the morning, the cutting up of food scraps for them....it's here.  Finally.  All our hard work paid off.  There's only one glitch...it's probably fertilized.  

Oops.  

Ew.  (If you watch Jimmy, you'll know to read that 'Ew' in the right tone)

Gross.  I bet my friend, who won't eat brown eggs, would really love to eat this one. 

Yeah, you know that rooster I was telling you about last month?  Well, we kinda (well, not kinda, we did) caught him having a little fun with one of our hens this past weekend.  I was out picking green beans and heard squawking.  Turned around and there was Lucy on top of Mille!  At first I was thinking, 'What's going on?  What's he doing?' and then the light bulb went off and OH MY GOODNESS!  

I screamed, 'Get off her!' and banged on the wire.  It worked.  For about an hour, until Lucy decided he wanted to go again.  Not more than 10 minutes later I messaged a lady in our neighborhood, who keeps chickens, asking her if she wanted him.  She hasn't told me yes or no.  Maybe I'll message her one more time.  Right now.  

I don't have anything against roos, I just don't want to worry about eating fertilized eggs.  I just want nice, fat, gentle laying hens in my flock.  If I want a baby chick, I'll head on down to the feed store and get one.  Is that wrong?  

Some of our friends want to eat Lucy.  I'm on the verge of going over to the dark side and doing that but our poor first born loves his Lucy.  Of course his baby chick turned out to be a roo.  So, we have ourselves a dilemma .  

But for now, I'm going to be proud of this egg.  I'm going to give the girls and boy a couple extra treats and free range time today.  

 

 

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