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new chickies, gardening, psych
got lots of reading to do for school.  but also got lots of work to do!
thus far, in the garden, i've put in a row of taters (mixed red and yukon gold) but i still have another row to do, i transplanted out some chinese cabbage and rainbow chards, i weeded and fed the over-wintered kale and chards and they're doing awesome, noted the asparagus is coming up and got to eat one today!, transplanted out some strawberries.  the peas are coming up but only one spinach has.  i have 4 more to put out, though, once they get big enough with some new kales.  The Boy and i foraged a ton of wild creasy greens and wild garlics so i sauteed them today with some kale.  mmmmm!

got some new chickies!  6.  3 reds and 3 ameraucana.  also put a couple of new plants in my cactus/succulent tub.

so all in all, been productive.  sold some more eggs and traded some for patchouli oil and patchouli soap handmade from a friend's goat milk.  oh, and made some of my own almond milk.  damn, it's good, even unsweetened!  i soaked the almonds overnight, then put them in the vitamix and voila!  fresh almond milk.  the left over almond meal is yummy, too.  might just freeze it for when i'm going to do some baking and then use it.  we'll see.  also took my kefir mother out of the fridge and am waking her up in fresh milk.  hoping i didn't leave her slumbering too long.  it looks like she's waking up, though, which'll mean fresh kefir, too.



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I've made almond milk, but most of the time I don't bother straining out the meal. I just use it in smoothies, mostly, anyway. And yum! Is it ever good!
We'be been buying it, lately, but I actually like the ones I make better. They add things to the store bought brands and that irritates me. Why do that? It's so good when I make it myself.
Your chicks are so adorable. Ronnie came home and said he had bought three chickens and for some reason, (probably looking at these beauties), I thought for a minute that he had stopped at the feed store and got some more chicks, which is NOT a great idea! Three is about all our yard can handle, and they are all wonderfully laying every day. I'm so pleased with them. But yeah with the yard being so small just about every bite is purchased, except for the stray snail or ear wig, and that makes them really expensive eggs. On the other hand, we have almost no bad insects here, and no weeds to speak of. The place I've been feeding them sprouted a lot of spilled grain, and that worked out well. They really got into that. Plus they eat the spouted sunflower seeds from the feeders.

i think they add stuff to make it last. almond milk last only a few days in the fridge if it's fresh. doesn't make for easy selling lol.

it's hard to limit numbers of critters. i have to rein myself in with dogs because there are so many dogs in need, so many being killed because no one wants them. i want to save them all, bring them home, make them fat. but, like you said here, if the space and bank account can't handle any more, it's cruel to get more. on everyone involved. but it's soooo hard lol. i'll take some more pics of our chicks today. 4 of them have sprouted wing feathers! the other 2 are obviously a couple of days younger and still have only their nubbies, but they grow so quick. thankfully my space here is so huge i can handle more chickens. just not more dogs!

I am just waiting for Ronnie to stop at a feed store and pick some more chicks up, on the way home from work. I hope he doesn't, but I miss their being little.
And Emilia is too smart for her britches. Watching the cat go over the fence, she realizes how to do it in steps, even with her wings clipped, and we've found her in the yard a time or two. She may not make it as long as the others, if she does that too many times. Odd, though. They have all they need for food and water, and then some, but she is the only one that really wants to explore. The others are happy as long as we're nearby.

is she a golden comet? my goldens don't last because they're just too curious. always going off the furthest first. one of them is still alive but she's the only one that hasn't been nosey. all the others proved that curiosity kills chickens as well as cats. which is so sad because i really love the nosey ones. and the 3 that died i was super fond of.

Both Emilia and Mazie are Araucanas. I hear you about that... they seem more intelligent. And these three are pretty smart but I think Emilia is the smartest, though she's also frankly annoying, because she is fixated on pecking my toes inside the crocs I wear. You can see them through the holes? I think she thinks they are worms and she won't quit. The others leave my feet alone, thankfully. But she's transferred the aggression to my arms, sometimes, when I feed, and I don't understand that. She does leave some welts and bruises! At this point, I just pick her up and carry her around a while when she does that, or put her in the hen house for a bit. She still does it occasionally but she's a bit calmer about it, the last month or so. She's irritable, compared to the others. But she's also the prettiest.


How do you make kefir?

you have to have the mother kefir "grain". once you have that, you just put it in milk on the side and a day or two later you have kefir. you can't make it without the mother, though. people here sell them on ebay, post them on craigslist, or just get some given them by someone else who has some. the mother grows each time so you land up with way too much. i'd send you some except you're across the "pond" and i don't know if it would survive such a long journey.

Daww, chicklets.

They can't be sexed that young, can they?

there apparently some way to sex them because a lot of the stores "guarantee" that they are females. these said "straight run" which might mean non-sexed, but i'm not sure. i got them mostly on impulse lol. my rooster is getting up there in years, though, so i don't mind if one of them turns out to be a nice boy. i just wish one of my hens would get broody again. i feel so sad for the poor motherless chicks. instead of their growing time being in the warm dark of under-mama, they get their warmth from a bright light. totally ass backwards to how they're supposed to grow. :(

Yeah, but I don't suppose they mind. Better than the alternative eh.

And they've got each other for company, and to sleep in a cuddle pile with.

The baby chicks are adorable!

Strange question, but do domestic chickens reared in a "household" setting recognize people as individuals? Do they like being held and petted? Is there such a thing as a "lap chicken?"

definitely! mine live outside and there are a lot of them, so none of them are that close to us. but they certainly can be. they're very sweet and lots of people find them to be great pets. some of ours are very friendly and will squat down to be pet and picked up. some breeds are known for being friendlier than others. nearly every Golden Comet we've had has been super nosey and friendly, to the point it gets them killed :( - only the one that's not so friendly has survived. curiosity definitely killed the chicken as well as the cat!

I saw a woman once who had made chicken nappies for her chickens, so that she could have them in the house with her.

my friend katy let her battery rescues in the house and would just clean up after them. mine are NOT allowed in the house. they already have the yard and the porch lol

Yeah, definitely couldn't be doing with that. Chicken poo is pretty gross sometimes too. Definitely outdoors animals. :)

We raised them as chicks inside, in the dog crate, until things warmed up outside. They did really well, but they think they are allowed inside, anytime, and Ronnie encourages them. I make him clean up after them, though.

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