Thursday, January 13, 2011

Maybe Her Last Egg?

I've had chickens for about 9 years. I used to have indoor birds and that got too messy for me. Besides, I became WAY too attached to them and I mourned their passing as if it was my favorite dog or person. Not good for a grown-up. Am I? Hmmm...I'll have to think about that one.

Anyhow, I bought a few chickens to see if I could raise them. Yep. I could, did and do! My one hen and roo are the last ones from my original batch of chickens. You heard right...nine plus years old and still hanging in there. Boy acts like the old man he is. He takes naps during the day. White Hen still looks very young and gets around well.

The pic above is a couple of my eggs to show their color. This is the best I could do with a flash at 6 am today. On the left is a white egg, probably from my leghorn hen, which I bought from mail order. The middle one is green (looks brownish) and is from Peepy, an Auraucana mix and first chicken I raised from an egg. Boy was her daddy and Sweetie was her mom. The blue egg on the right is from White Hen, who is also an Auraucana mix, which I bought. All of these eggs are very large. White Hen was walking funny the other day and I see why. Because she is very old, I think it takes her two days to move the egg along the canal before she can lay. Also, this egg looked like she ate sand and passed it. Must've hurt a bit because it is very rough on the outside. This may be her last egg.

I really hope she starts thinking about retirement. If I was her, I would! LOL!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Holidays at Our House

I hope You and Yours had a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Yes, I'm a little late posting. However, we just celebrated our Christmas last week. My Hubby and I celebrate according to the Julian calendar for Orthodox Christmas. Yes, we celebrated December 25th with our Gregorian calendar family, too. Both were very quiet days, which was really good.

Here's the loot for our 4-legged babies. This is the second year in a row that we've finally convinced our relatives NOT to exchange gifts. I'm thankful for this economy. It helped sway everyone. Anyhow, gifts aren't the Reason for the Season, right?! We've already been given the greatest Gift of all and we could never top that!

We don't buy for ourselves and haven't done so for about 18 years. My Hubby and I have all we want or need. It makes us happy to watch our Angel and Trixie open their gifts.

How simple can that be?!

Take care. I wish many blessings for You and Yours throughout the new year.