Well, we're not up to that figure yet; but Jack spoils these little craps like crazy. I caught him sneaking some of my cherry tomatoes out to give them for snacks the other day. They are growing very well though and go through the feed like little piggies. I am anxious to see them all get their "grown-up'' feathers too. Still can't really tell which are roo's and which are hens. I have picked out a few that I hope are hens, due to their pretty markings. They will be spared the knife.
Jack built them this new, slightly smaller run so we can keep all young chicks separated from the older ones and may also use it for separating meat chicks from layers etc. I'll show ya'll how we separate them on the inside of the coop in another post. The mornings and noontime have gotten quite hot here lately, so the babies go inside until the shade gets on their run around 1:00 or 2:00 in the afternoon. Jack also built them a little lean-to for shade outside but they prefer to sit in the coop for some reason. You can see them here standing in the doorway; just in case a big bug wanders by they can rush out and grab it!
This is an Edisto 57 melon (cantaloupe) that I am trying this year. Seems to be doing well. The garden is doing pretty good but I am having a little trouble with things not getting pollinated well enough. I'm afraid possibly the large dragonfly population has taken out too many of my bees. For some reason though, I have noticed a significant drop this past week in the number of dragonflys normally patrolling the place. Coincidentally, I saw 4 honeybees today rummaging around my onion blooms. Now, that doesn't sound like squat, but around here, 4 honey bees at one time is a lot! I normally have to depend almost exclusively on the bumblebees. Hopefully things will come to some sort of balance soon and I can get my stuff pollinated!
This is just another gratuitous cute bitty shot. I hope that speckled one in the middle is a hen but I suspect it may be a rooster.
We have finally installed the metal roofing on the chicken coop and I will show that soon along with a few last details about the coop and run.
Not a lot of exciting stuff going on really. I know it's kinda boring. I've been trying to work really hard on getting my pottery business going and that is taking a bit of time. In addition to making the work, you also have to produce a portfolio to show prospective galleries (digital images etc. resume, gallery visa etc.). Then you have to research these places and find their application forms or just go visit them. And in between all this, design and get printed various promotional items for your work like business cards, product cards, etc. etc. Pain in the butt!! In fact, I threw so long today I did have a pain in my butt and it went all the way down to my knee. Not enough stretches I guess.
On a side note, I have seen where some bloggers make calenders from their blog photos and sell them for a little profit. Well, I was thinking of printing a few select photos from this blog to sell just for framing. Think any of you might be interested? They would be very affordable; maybe $5 for a 5 x 7? If I did I would just add a "Photography" page, like I did the Pottery page, and you could just go there to order which ever you wanted.