journeying to a more natural way of living

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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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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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