I feed the chickens I have everyday but the one thing they always gobble down in record speed is greens and maybe mealy and earth worms. They will crowd around the greens dish and fight over the greens. I also put what I call a cabbage on a stick out in the pen as something they can peck at whenever they like. Always fun watching them and of course collecting the eggs...
Sunday, December 18, 2016
Air from the north pole has made it down as far south as central Texas where I am with winds at 20 to 30 mph and wind chills in the teens, and that is where I am. It is far worse in the states farther north than me. This morning I had to break up the ice every 2 hours in the chicken drinking bucket so they could get water. I think the fresh greens and feed I put out for them has frozen now at mid day and don't think the temp will get above freezing today or tomorrow. So have taken out fresh greens and seed to them, looks like a long day inside.
Friday, December 16, 2016
Thursday, December 8, 2016
The arctic has come down from Alaska, first this season and it will bring my garden to an end and bring a hard freeze down south where I am in Texas. I have pulled the rest of what I have in my garden including cabbage, peppers, and broccoli. I have some carrots still there, will have to see how they do...the cabbage will be good for the chickens../
Saturday, December 3, 2016
Polar air from the arctic is making its first plunge southward and will be taking over half the country by next Wed putting most people in the freeze. I think it might be the end to my garden except for the carrots, they should make it. I will pick the rest of the peppers and beans before then. I wonder if the cabbage could make it...
Tuesday, November 22, 2016
The hens are back to laying more now that the weather has been cooler. They are funny to watch, there are some that come up to me and beg for something good and then there are some that keep their distance. Some are louder than others, and I have one that is a real pig, she far eats more than any of the others.
Thursday, November 10, 2016
Tuesday, November 8, 2016
Thursday, November 3, 2016
Friday, October 28, 2016
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Thursday, October 13, 2016
It has been a rough week for me. My old 90 Chevy truck had brake issues and I knew it was going to cost me. But in addition to that I also had fuel issues, I needed a fuel pump and idle sensors. The sense of it is I ended up spending $1500 to get my truck running right again. At the same time my partner's car came to an end with a head gasket problem. She did not have the money to get another car, so with my great credit I borrowed from my credit union enough to get her a great car that should last her the next five years. Got a loan of $9645 at 1.5%, and that included a great warranty on a 2014 Nissan Versa with only 32,000 miles. I like old stuff and she likes the new computer stuff, but she can do three years of $200 a month to pay the loan. I think we might be back to some normalcy now...
Friday, September 30, 2016
Autumn seems to be bringing itself to the deep south and here in central Texas. This morning after a cool front came through our area the morning temperature was a nice 52 degrees F. I had the windows opened all night bringing in that cool autumn air. Today the temperature is at 80, a perfect day for a walk...
Saturday, September 24, 2016
I am always walking around my property and usually I keep an eye out for what I might see in nature. I live in a cabin surrounded by woods. I just happened to walk up to my shop building and on the screen door just sitting there was a stick bug. I always carry my cell phone so I can take photos, I know it is just a bug, but I love nature and am always impressed by how living things adapt and survive. I saw moma deer and her baby come up and eat some corn I put out and later I saw some turkeys on a neighbors property. I am always looking for other living things...
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Monday, September 5, 2016
Since I lost two hens to a raccoon and have built a new coop, I have gotten more hens, one is an Americana which lays blue eggs and the another is a New Hampshire Red, now with six hens. I have not had any more problems and I have not seen the raccoon anymore who would go in the chicken pen and eat their feed. Since then I now cover the feed at night and have a light on out there that I can see from my kitchen window..
Thursday, August 18, 2016
In the last five days, I have had over six inches of rain after 2 1/2 months of drought which effectively shut down my garden. Most of it is gone, except a few tomato plants, some carrots and peppers that I kept alive. My pear tree also suffered but is back doing okay. The new chicken coop seems to be keeping the rain out (and I definitely am no carpenter). Now if I can get the new hens to start laying soon...
Friday, August 12, 2016
I have gone 2 1/2 months of no rain where I am, and have lost about all of my garden. But the forecast for my area has maybe rain starting this weekend, in the past rain has gone either away from me or around me, so I am hopeful that the weather gods will favor me soon...
Sunday, July 31, 2016
No let up on the heat and with that now over two months of no rain. It looks like August will be no better with predictions of the same. It seems over half my garden is dead and only tomato and carrot plants are still alive but not really growing. My garden this year is done, maybe I can get carrots and a few tomatoes in the fall... I did get the chicken coop expansion done and have acquired two more young hens. I think I will get two more in the fall for a total of six for this coop.
Friday, July 15, 2016
The heat has taken over here now with temps around 100 every day and no rain since May. Everything is dry and of course my garden has suffered even with the limited watering I do with a hose. I have harvested everything now except for carrots and beans which are still growing. Tomato plants are doing okay, just not fruiting with the heat...
Thursday, June 30, 2016
I have had scorpions in my cabin before, but I was in my cabin and happen to look over at the floor and saw this spider just casually walking across. I scooped up a young tarantula spider of about 2.5 inches and set him outside. Where I live you never know what you are going to see...
Sunday, June 19, 2016
Thursday, June 16, 2016
It did not take long after the rains ended for the summer heat to set in. Within two weeks after the May rains, the intense summer heat came quickly with the humidity. For me the humidity was not as bad as that of the coastal areas in the south, but even the dry heat sent heat indexes well over 105. Now I am watering my garden every day to keep it alive, the tomatoes are doing well and still producing in this heat, that I did not have last summer. The garden has done better this year over last. I spend less than an hour outside at sunset and am drenched in sweat when I get inside. It looks like a long hot summer but with more humidity from all the rains back in May. That may end along with the insects if the rains do not return and that looks to be the case for a while...
It was time to dig up some potatoes from the garden that I had planted a few months ago. They had grown nice plant tops that had bloomed and a couple weeks later were ready to dig up. Sliced them up and fried them with some onions, they had a nice sweet taste.