Articles from granmahen

I love banties. They are cuddly sweet, don't eat much or take up much room, and lay the cutest eggs in the world. Having said that, a little history. Our lone silky was living with a turkey and two quail when I upset her entire life by moving the others into a new home. I thought she would appreciate it because the turkey was being just plain MEAN! But because I'm new to the poultry psyche I didn't realize I messed up her life royally. She went broody on me (I guess wanting a new family) and...
I can't help but notice what's going on in the coop. Four hens and each has her own place in the family.We have Henny, the bossy (rir); Liddy, the teacher (leghorn); Lucy, the brave (nhr) and Lilly, the meek and loving (australorpe). In the beginning we had two, a new hampshire red and a black australorp. They got along well and the nhr seemed to be in charge even though they were the same age. When they were three months old, we introduced into the group a rhode island red and a white...
Thought I'd tell everyone about me and mine. My husband is a street evangelist who goes out on the streets of Bakersfied and other towns of California, talking with and praying for people he meets. He prays in front of schools, government buildings, police and fire departments, hospitals, court houses and just anywhere people are. He carries a 10 ft. cross (it has a wheel) just to remind people of what he likes to call "God's plus sign". You know, any trouble plus the cross equals victory....
Gotta love composting. It gives me another excuse to have chickens, besides the fresh eggs. We started composting when our bunny population grew from 3 to 10 over the course of a year (only two bunnies came the natural way, the rest castoffs from friends who had to move). We built two compost bins in the back corner out of plywood, side by side (I had read this was great for turning and resting). We added bunny poop and bedding, grass cuttings, tree leaves, kitchen scraps, occasionally...
Loved this, hope you do too: LEST WE FORGET WHO WE ARE 1. We are the peole of the great God, not the people of the great godlessness. 2. We are the people of the great prophecy, not the people of the great lie. 3. We are the people of the great incarnation, not the people of the great impostor. 4. We are the people of the great cross, not the people of the great easy. 5. We are the people of the great resurrection, not the people of the great death. 6. We are people of the great faith, not...
July has been no fun and it still isn't over. Yes, its the 30th but the next 24 hrs. will just lead up to Aug. Okay, so we had a beautiful June. Temps in the 80's and 90's, cool evenings, smiles all around though everyone knew what was coming. Then July 4 it all started. Every day over 100, nights in the high 70's. I'm out in the back every day watering down the grass in the shade to keep it in the 90's back there (praise God for a fruitless mullberry that shades 2/3 of the yard including...
Ladies seem to be eating us out of house and home. First tried having feed available at all times. Bought 50lb. bag of crumble. Took 5 gal. container, drilled holes in sides and placed in a large pan. Bucket held 25 lbs. of crumble. Didn't seem to be much waste (lifted whole thing up onto cement blocks). Worked fine while had 4 laying hens. 50 lbs. seemed to last almost the whole month. Then added a laying delaware to the mix. The 5 large hens started going through it like ice cream. Turkey...
I was so sure of myself. Down right righteous about it. We have hens for the eggs and when the time comes we'll eat them. I figured they'd at least be good for chicken soup. Now after only one year I have a meanie who might have to go. No problem, I thought. Soup pot for her. Then I checked out how one BYCer butchers his, with pictures, yikes, I just don't think I can do it. I feel like such a wimp. Okay, it was naive to think it could be done without so much blood and I didn't even consider...
Funny, it happens every year here in Bakersfield. The County Fair starts last week of Sept. and is in the high 90s and low 100s and almost always ends in the 70's. Last day of the fair was 67. (Fair only runs 12 days). It always amazes me. I must digress a little and say DGD really wowed us in Rabbitry showmanship. Its her second year as a junior 4Her and got a higher score than last year. Since Juniors are 4th thru 8th graders, the top ten are usually 7th and 8th graders. This year she...
We started February right, with a new grandson. Simon Don Kline. Born Feb. 1, at 8:22pm, 7lb.2oz., 20 inches long. Some of you have heard me talk about his sister, Gemma (11yrs). She got me started with chickens. Well, she was right there, encouraging her mom, watching the doc do his thing while mom did her thing and brother did his thing. Absolutely fun. I took about four hundred pics, love my digital, and have now whittled it down to two hundred. Simon's first bath has its own cd. Dad and...
I love, love, love our chickens. I don't know how I survived before they came into my life. They weed my gardens, eat bugs, dethatch the lawn, break down the fall leaves so more fit into the composter, give me eggs every day to use and share, and provide free entertainment by the hour. Watching them interact is like watching the world at large and sitting there with my cup of coffee I can contemplate answers to every conflict known to man. What makes them content? Food, shelter, water,...
We are soooooo excited. Its only the 11th of December and it looks like it will be a cold, wet winter for us here in Bakersfield, CA. Normally, drought is.....well, the norm. We are the city with a riverbed running through it. Now I'm smiling but not so sure about the hens and bunnies and dogs. I've got to come up with more warm dry places for the critters. I'm not so worried about the chickens, a lot of you have to deal with snow and your chickens seem fine, but the bunnies need a little...
This September is full of new adventures, some exciting and some a little lonely. This will be the first year since dgd, Gemma, started kindergarten that I have not been fully involved in her education. My daughter finally gets to stay home and teach Gemma the whole day (she worked part time before and we shared education duties--Gemma is home schooled). This changes my entire morning routine and I don't want to just wander around wasting the a.m. So far I've cleaned out the sharp things...
We're having to move. After living in a house 11 years, it doesn't matter if one rents, as we do, or is buying, it becomes yours in so many ways. The walls painted our favorite colors. The arch over the front sidewalk that finally is covered in roses. The back yard was a sea of grass when we came here but now is filled with mature rose bushes celebrating Spring with roses of every scent, color, size and shape. A compost bin in the corner, the wood pile that ebbs and flows with the seasons....
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