Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Yep, we all been busier than a one-eyed cat watching 9 mouse holes around here. The garden has died down a good bit so I let the pullets in for the last 3 or 4 days to clean up for me and boy, they have been goin' to town! They have scratched and dug and picked and had the time of their lives eating everything in sight, although they are pretty good to leave most of the larger plants alone like the peas and beans and such. I'll go out there about twice a day and dig around for them where the dirt is real loose. They get so excited they jump in and start digging too and pretty soon there are so many of them scratching in my spot I don't have room to dig anymore. They are not able to dig quite as hard and deep as the big hens so they are not as destructive but they clean up the place good and clear out lots of the bugs and grubs.
The poor little things got in a fire ant bed though and I felt bad but couldn't help but laugh too. They couldn't resist eating the ants and their eggs but were getting their feet bit from standing in the ants. So, they would stand there and when the ants started biting, the chicks would start stomping their feet but were too greedy to leave. If I had had some bluegrass music to play it would have looked like chicken buck dancing! I laughed until I was cryin' just about and they would finally get enough and then run away and pick the ants off their feet. Edit: let me stress that I do NOT think it was funny that the chicks were getting bit, in fact I tried to run them out of the ants, but they insisted on running right back to eat the critters. But seeing them all stomping their feet like that was funny.
They especially liked the coldframe once I turned some of the soil for them. It was very loose so they could scratch through it easily and they got it all ready for me to plant now.
Hey, those are some funny looking chickens right there! Well, somebody dumped these 2 little sweeties down at the end of my drive about a week ago. Chigger actually found them hiding in the weeds when we walked down to check the mail, so I brought them up to the house and we have been trying to find homes for them. No luck so far. Grendal does not tolerate other cats well and I don't want any more in the house anyway, so they have been staying in the Goober Chicken Memorial Pen in the henhouse. They actually seem to really enjoy it and the chickens don't really seem to mind them either.
And I have actually started on the kitchen in earnest since we about have the outside done! My cabinet guy came Monday and got his measurements so those are being built now. Things are slow for those trades right now so he said he should have them ready in 2-3 weeks! Which means I have really got to get my butt in gear to be ready for them. Yes, that is corrugated metal roofing going on the wall and it is a dark chocolate color. I'll explain more about that later. I know the whole kitchen looks kinda dark in this photo but it's not really. My appliances are all stainless steel but they reflect the dark of the wall making them appear black too. It will lighten up and be much more colorful when I am done. I also got the wiring and ductwork for the range vent done and have closed up that wall and chase. That is the big grey block on the right. That is Durock covering that wall as it will get tile and stone over all of it. You can see the ductwork poking out where the vent goes. So, things are going but I have so much to do in this one area. I am really excited about it and anxious to finish though.