Saturday, August 27, 2011

One generation to the next.

Recently Owen has said some things that just confirms that I am doing somethings right as a Mom.  Just the other day he picked up a cardboard box off the counter and said "Mommy, this needs to go into the recycling box."  I told him we would definitely put it in the recycling.  He kept telling me "We have to go put in in the recycling box Momma!"  It was so great to hear that he knows paper and boxes get recycled.  Then, just today, he says to me outside "Momma, I am going to go get some food."  He came back and handed me a a tiny bottle of pain and said "Mommy I am back from the Market and I got strawberry ice cream."  The fact that he said he was shopping at the market was a good feeling.  He often refers to the grocery store when I tell him we don't have something but to hear him also mention the market means we are teaching him local is always better!  

Just these 2 little things go to show that the future can be bright if we continually teach our children to take care of the planet and our food source by doing simple things such as recycling and buying local produce from the local markets.  I show Owen how the garden is growing and he will watch me pick the vegetables and help me carry them to the house (the garden setup is not conducive for having him come in and help at this point in time).  Owen eats carrots and cherry tomatoes for a snack and loves fresh fruit.  I know that if Aaron and I keep up what we are doing we will raise 2 beautiful, environmentally and health conscious adults who respect the planet and what it has to offer us.

To move or not to move?

Aaron and I have been talking about moving to a larger piece of land for a long time now.  With the  most recent events in our lives we can't help but feel it is a sign to go for it!  Our local government authorities are not allowing us to live the lifestyle we want.  If we are not able to supply our family with fresh, hormone free, pesticide free, preservative free and additive free foods then I can't help but think that this is no place for us to be living!  Our residential subdivision seemed like the perfect place to raise a family.  We are out of the big city, out of the town proper and assumed we could have some sort of self sufficiency while living here.  We were very wrong.  If someone were to complain about our vegetable garden we would actually have to get rid of it!!!  Can you even believe that??  What has this world come to when we can't even grow some vegetables and raise 4 hens to feed our families?  I read another blog, Trinity Acres, and what an inspiration she has been.  In the last year they have moved out of the city, started raising and growing nearly all of their own food and recently the husband quit his job and they will be living off the land!  With all of these things happening around me, good and bad, I feel as though it is the universes way of telling me to save my family from this lifestyle and get back to LIFE!!  There has been a match burning in my belly for a while and it finally touched some paper and kindling and is ablaze!  I am very motivated and hopeful that over the next year Aaron and I can find our dream home and get out of this poisonous suburbia.  That will be the log on my fire!

Chicken War Moves to Kingsville, Ontario

Kingsville hosts the next battle in the urban chicken war when town council on Monday is expected to be asked to endorse the keeping of backyard hens for personal egg consumption.
It follows by weeks the chicken crackdown in Amherstburg when a young family was ordered to remove its hens following an anonymous complaint.
After Sarah Noemi Kacso and Colin McMahon brought some egg-laying chickens to their Windsor city home last year, they were so thrilled and so convinced of the logic of this immediate source of fresh, healthy, cheap and nutritious protein, not to mention the friendly, quiet demeanor of the feathered critters and their popularity with kids on the block, that they plugged into social media to broadcast the benefits. Their neighbors were fine with the idea, but, again, some anonymous prig alerted the authorities, and Windsor’s bylaws, while seeing nothing wrong with the harbouring of 80 pigeons per household, were followed to the letter in banishing the hens.
Note to the self-appointed backyard police: are you aware Windsor’s bylaws also expressly prohibit depositing scooped-up pet litter or even soiled baby diapers into the trash?
For the life of me, I cannot understand what all the chicken panic is about and why some local politicians and some local officials are struck with terror at the idea of someone in town or city keeping a hen or two (or even four) in their backyard.
The arguments against are ludicrous. My goodness, a hen today and then what’s next? Goats? Sheep? Cows? Horses?
Nope. Let those very few urban folk who so desire have some hens for personal and family egg consumption (no sales, no butchering, no roosters, no apartment dwellers). The poultry of the city slickers I know who have them don’t cause problems with smells, noise, disease.
Vancouver, which boasts the densest concentration of residents of any Canadian city, started allowing up to four hens per household last year, subject to some common sense conditions, and yet there’s still no heavy clamoring to add pigs and cows to the mix.
My own newspaper this week called editorially on people interested in backyard eggs to banish the thought and instead head out to the county to support the more than 1,700 local farms. Well, not one of those farms can legally sell you an egg at the door or from their roadside stands.
The people I know who are clamoring for city chickens are also very much the types who support local farmers. That’s the whole point – it’s about food security, both in ensuring the ongoing economic viability of close sources of food and in promoting the improved health that comes from eating nutritionally superior, locally grown produce.
Check out some of those pushing for urban chickens – they’re not the Beverly Hillbillies (without the crude wealth), they’re young, urbane, savvy, health- and eco-conscious, brimming with new ideas and very much in tune with the needs of their neighborhoods and local economies.
They’re the kinds of people you’d want next door.
Posted by: Doug Schmidt

I could not have said it better myself; AMEN!!!

Monday, August 22, 2011

A Dozen Reasons to Have Urban Chickens

GoodFood World Staff, May 26th, 2011

Thinking about a few chickens? Here are a dozen reasons why you should have them in your backyard:
  1. Fresh, healthy, delicious eggs, free of pesticides and antibiotics.
  2. Cruelty free raised food.
  3. Chickens eat table scraps, reducing municipal solid waste.
  4. Chickens produce a rich fertilizer by-product, high in nitrogen, eliminating the need for petrochemical fertilizers.
  5. Chickens eat bugs, reducing our backyard pest population.
  6. Keeping heritage chickens increases numbers of endangered breeds that have been replaced by industrial breeds; we need to preserve our genetic diversification especially in food production livestock.
  7. Backyard chickens contribute to a zero mile diet as they are as local as your backyard.
  8. Keeping chickens is an efficient food source as eggs are rated by the UN Food and Agriculture as a more efficient source of protein than the other four top sources, higher in value than cow’s milk, fish, beef, or soybeans. A chicken coop can be as small as 1 square meter (10 square feet) for a confined full grown large breed; eight chickens can fit in a coop that is only 10×6 feet.
  9. Keeping backyard chickens puts you in control of your own food source and we can access eggs year-round even when we cannot garden or in the event of disruptions in the commercial food delivery system. The UN FAO has stated that the right to food is a basic human right.
  10. Chickens make great pets as they are affectionate, intelligent, and entertaining.
  11. Children and adults receive a rich education about food sources and responsible animal keeping when they keep livestock and that teaches a positive relationship and respect for food. Knowledge and respect for food encourages healthy weight maintenance.
  12. Keeping backyard chickens is a historic tradition that has been recently phased out in favor of profit driven commercial food delivery. Keeping livestock is a traditional and basic survival skill. Common knowledge of basic survival skills increases the recovery of a population after a disaster.

Friday, August 19, 2011


I simply have to make mention of the crazy weather in Essex County lately.  There is a reason we win the title of Lightning capitol of Canada!  Although, recent years I feel like there have been more  thunderstorms and hail than in a long time.  Last night in particular, we had a thunderstorm and hail which was quite large.  I have to think they were around 1/2 inch or bigger.  The wind was also just whipping!  Aaron had to run out and tie up one of our young trees as it had fallen over.  Today I went to the vegetable garden to find bruised zucchinis and tomatoes and a fallen basil plant.  Talk about WEATHER!  I love thunderstorms and enjoy watching them and listening to them... its the crazy wind that causes damage.  The wind during yesterdays storm was the worst of the season as far as causing damage to the vegetation.  Hopefully that is the last of those wind storms... luckily we haven't had any tornados touch down locally unlike last year out in Leamington.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Blueberry cheesecake ice cream!

We made some fresh picked blueberry cheesecake ice cream; man is it delicious! We took the recipe from our Perfect Scoop book. Not only does it taste fantastic but it looks amazing. It has very simple ingredients and with the fresh picked blueberries... what could be better! We even had some of the blueberry sauce left over and can pour it on top if we wish. If you don't have an ice cream maker I highly recommend getting one.
We do try to limit the amount of sugar our children get but when it comes to ice cream... I simply cannot compromise with certain recipes. We are firm believers that most things in moderation are alright. The real problem comes when kids are drinking fruit juice, kool-aid or pop instead of water or highly processed candy with dyes and such other types of things. Plus, the kids only get a few bites from our bowls... it really is for Aaron and I. :)

No Chickens? We're Moving! Article

Last Friday I was also on a local Country station 95.9fm. I did the interview over the phone Thursday and was not able to listen to the airing. There was an article written on their webpage about the interview. It was as follows:


August 12th, 2011 . Blackburn News

An Amherstburg woman says her family is seriously considering moving out of town if they can’t keep their four family hens.

Sarah Lock says she investigated whether she was allowed to keep chickens before she brought them into her home six weeks ago. The town has a bylaw banning residents from breeding farm animals in a residential area. Since that wasn’t what Lock’s family had in mind, she next emailed the town’s bylaw enforcement office directly. When she didn’t get a reply, her family picked up the chicks, then just two weeks old.

The controversy exploded when a bylaw enforcement officer visited her home this week and told her a neighbour had filed a complaint and that the dispute “could escalate.” The officer didn’t expand on that point but made it clear, the chickens could not stay.

Lock says she got the chickens to teach her two young children where their food came from and her three year old son has grown emotionally attached to the birds. She says she wants to keep them on principal and will fight the town’s ban on live poultry, but likely from another address. A real estate agent came to her home yesterday to discuss how much the property is worth on the market.

Story by Adelle Loiselle, Blackburn News.

The photo was taken from my facebook profile without my knowledge.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Local Paper

The Amherstburg Echo released an article about our chicken story in this weeks issue. On the Amherstburg facebook page we received much support from the locals. The article was well written and the towns response was ridiculous of course. We shall see where this all goes. We are certainly calling out the town for their part in the issue as far as being unresponsive to our requests for information and not having the information readily available online.

Local chickens to fly the coop thanks to town’s orders

Lock family disappointed by town's orders

By Ron Giofu/The Amherstburg Echo

Posted 5 hours ago

AMHERSTBURG — Aaron and Sarah Lock had planned to teach their children where food comes from and to get fresh eggs.

The Park Lane Circle residents acquired four chickens July 5 and placed them into a coop in a small, fenced area on their property. Thanks to a complaint from one of their neighbors, the couple was forced to get rid of the chickens by order of the town.

The fact they were forced to get rid of their chickens was news the Locks found disappointing as they said they took consideration of their neighbors when acquiring the birds. Aaron said they bought four chickens and no rooster.

"We didn't want a rooster. They are noisy. We didn't want to disturb the neighbors," he said.

The coop is a portion of land located the furthest it could be from neighbors in the subdivision and Aaron said the location actually quieted the area down as their dog can no longer get to the fence and bark at pedestrians and other dogs. He said they have not had any smells or noise coming from the chickens.

"The cars are louder. The birds in the trees are louder," he said.

The town's bylaw officer called the couple Aug. 8 and attended the home Aug. 9 with a notice requiring the couple to have the chickens off the property by Aug. 16. Faced with few alternatives, Aaron told the Echo last week that they would likely turn them over to the same group in McGregor that a series of Windsor residents did when faced with similar chicken-related issues.

"We've had three or four people offer to take in our birds," added Sarah.

Aaron said they made an effort to call town hall in early June to see if it was legal to house the chickens in their subdivision but did not receive a response.

"We took that as affirmation," he said.

The Locks are unsure as to who complained to the town, but wished the person or people would have come to them first so they could have explained what they had planned.

"We were very disappointed when the complainant didn't talk to us," said Aaron. "I don't know the nature of the complaint. I don't know who the complainant was. We've talked to neighbors and they don't see an issue."

He said the chickens were "treated very well" and that not only would they have benefitted from fresh eggs, the manure compost was going to go into the Lock's vegetable garden.

"It's the whole cycle of food," he said.

Since they were told poultry is not permitted in the residential subdivision, the Locks are considering moving from the house they have lived in since 1997. They are thinking about moving to an agriculturally zoned area, although they considered their chickens both birds and pets.

"I think if we have to move based on this, it will be outside the town," he said.

Aaron said they never had any intention on selling any of the eggs or any other product and believed the town should be "progressive" like Vancouver and New York which he said are starting to allow urban chickens as long as there is no rooster.

"We're not causing anyone any harm," he said.

CAO Pamela Malott confirmed Monday night there was a violation. Malott received a complaint from a resident regarding the keeping or raising of chickens in the Park Lane Circle home.

"The identity of the complainant and nature of complaint, while known to town administration, is kept confidential," Malott said in an e-mail Tuesday morning. "Administration deals with any contravention to a town bylaw."

Malott stated that town staff met with the Locks Aug. 9 at roughly 3:40 p.m. adding

"they are keeping four chickens in their rear yard for the purpose of consuming the eggs the hens lay and to use the feces from the chickens as fertilizer in their garden."

The inspection disclosed the property to be in violation with the Amherstburg Zoning Bylaw 1999-52.

The keeping of "poultry in the form of chicken hens" in a residential area is not a permitted use, the town contends.

"We served Mr. & Mrs. Lock with a Notice of Violation granting them 14-days to completely cease the restricted use," Malott stated. "I am unaware of details of any contact they attempted to have with town staff."

Aaron Lock feeds his chickens in his Park Lane Circle backyard Thursday, August 11. The town issued an order against having chickens in the residential neighborhood.

Chicken Update

I think we will be moving our chickens to a co op coop in the county this weekend. Since we have figured out who complained, I do feel obligated to knock on their door and tell them all about the abusive and despicable egg industry they are supporting. PETA has plenty of research to show how disgusting it is. People like me and my family are trying to change things and do what is right and those who want to stop us... should be ashamed!
It is truely a disgrace how a bylaw can prevent people from supplying their families with quality, hormone free, pesticide free foods. Somewhere in our long history we have lost our way. Humans are destroying our own planet, foods and water supply with poisons and hormones and most of us don't even bat an eye lash.
Here are 3 of millions of links:
We are suppose to be the most intelligent creatures on the planet yet we are the only species who are destroying our own habitat. Our ancestors would be appauled by the state of things today. I can only hope that some day soon we get back to our roots and care about greater things than a well manicured lawn and a fancy gass guzzling SUV. What we need to be concerned about are things such as our environment, health, food and most of all our families. The future of our children is looking bleak... we need to change! We have only one planet and it needs to be saved!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Pizza Sauce!

Aaron and I made pizza from scratch last night and the sauce was made from our freshly picked san marzano tomatoes. We blanched and skinned them and ran them through the food mill and cooked it down. We added some salt, olive oil and garlic and boiled them down until it was saucy thick. MAN, was it delicious! It not only looked bright and fresh, but it tasted AMAZING!!
We made 3 pizzas and they were all quite fantastic; 1 greek style (fresh oregano and basil from the garden), 1 super and 1 spicy. We use a dough recipe from: Pizza on the Grill: 100 Feisty Fire-Roasted Recipes for Pizza & More. We also use Caputo flour which, in our opinion, makes all the difference. The dough is always easy to roll out and easy to get it super thin (we use hands not a pin!). We ate the first pizza too fast and didn't get a picture. Really, homemade pizza cooked on the grill is in a whole different league than delivery or frozen.
Greek Style


Saturday morning we decided to pack up the kids and go blueberry picking at a local "pick your own" berry patch. This was our fist family trip to pick blueberries... what a great time! We went with my brother and his family as well as my Mom. We all had a great time and picked 6 pails of blueberries between us.
Aaron and I froze most of our berries on Sunday by laying them on trays in a single layer (keeps them from freezing in a clump in a bag).  Once they were frozen we transfered them to freezer bags.  We also made some fresh blueberry leather which turned out amazing; the kids really like it. We also plan on making some blueberry vinegar and then some..... blueberry cheesecake ice cream... MMmmmm!
Fresh Berries!

For the blueberry leather simply wash and de-stem the berries.  In a pot add 1/2 cup water to 4 cups of berries (feel free to use any fruit you'd like).   Bring to a boil then reduce to low, cover and let simmer for 10-15 minutes (until fruit is soft and cooked).    Remove lid and mash the fruit.  Then taste.  Add sugar to desired sweetness, 1 tbsp at a time (optional).  Then add lemon juice, 1tsp at a time until the flavours are brightened.  Feel free to add other spices or flavourings.  Some people may like some vanilla, honey or even some aged balsamic vinegar (if using vinegar you may want to hold off on lemon juice).  I am a bit of a purist and wanted to keep it simple so we just used a bit of lemon juice and opted out of adding adding sweeteners.  Now preheat oven to 140 degrees.  Continue cooking until mixture is thickened, about 5-10 minutes more; sugars should all be dissolved.  

Once the mixture has thickened, coating the spoon, remove from heat.  Run the mixture through a food mill or blender.  Puree should be thick and smooth.  Line a baking sheet with parchment be sure to cover sides.  Pour out puree onto the baking sheet.  Place sheet in preheated oven for approx. 8 hours (if using convection cut time in half).  The leather is ready when it is smooth and no longer sticky.  

Once the leather is cool, peel from the parchment and slice into desired pieces and store in an air tight container in the fridge (about 2 week) or freezer (3 months).  

Thursday, August 11, 2011

In other gardening news...

... We have some nice sized watermelons starting to grow in the garden! Can't wait to slice into one of those babies.
We also picked 2 nice sized cucumbers over the weekend and man, were they cucumbery! (no photos since I ate them too fast... I just couldn't resist) There are more flowers on the cucumber plants than I think we can handle.
We will definitely be pickling or giving many away to friends, family and neighbours (not the neighbour who called the town on our chickens of course). I am not sure what is going on with our bean plants. There are plenty flowers and they are growing like weeds but I have yet to see beans. Our tomato plants are rich with ripe tomatoes and I think we may just do some sauce canning this weekend if we have time.
We have zucchinis to pick daily and our Kale is actually really starting to take off.
The garden is such a wonderful blessing. Being able to provide our family with pesticide free, freshly picked vegetables is something I cannot imagine living without. Now that we have started with the gardening, there really is no comparison in quality, taste, freshness and cleanliness than with growing your own food. Eggs are no exception to this rule! I love Fresh home grown food!

So much Media

I received a call at 7:00 this morning from a local radio station, CBC Radio 1, and they asked to do a phone interview with me about our birds. Of course I said yes; I was glad to do it. I think I did a great job with this interview. I was informative and definitely made a good case for urban chicken keeping. In every interview so far I am sure to make mention on CLUCK (Canadian Liberated Urban Chicken Klub) since they have been more than supportive. I spoke about why we want chickens and also about the benefits of raising them not only for eggs but for educational purposes for our children. We simply want to provide our family with wholesome, nutritious, hormone free eggs and teach them all about the life cycle and about where food comes form.

We made the Windsor Star print as well as online. We were on A1 news and it was an amazing piece... very informative and "pro chicken!" They even interviewed people from within town and there was not one negative comment about the raising of hens for eggs in urban backyards.
We also have been in touch with 3 town councillors so far to speak about our options and changing the bylaw. We are very optimistic at this point in time, yet, only time will tell.

A’burg family forced to lose chickens

Homeowner Sarah Lock with her son Owen, 3, feed one of four hens in the backyard of their home on Park Lane Circle in Amherstburg, Ont., Aug. 10, 2011.

Homeowner Sarah Lock with her son Owen, 3, feed one of four hens in the backyard of their home on Park Lane Circle in Amherstburg, Ont., Aug. 10, 2011.

Photograph by: Nick Brancaccio, The Windsor Star

AMHERSTBURG, Ont. -- An Amherstburg family may fly the coop after they were ordered by the town to get rid of their backyard chickens.

Sarah and Aaron Lock say they are contemplating selling their home and moving to a more chicken-friendly community if they can’t convince the town to let them keep their four hens.

Sarah Lock said she received a lot of positive feedback as soon as she began blogging about their efforts to get fresh, organic eggs on the dining room table, as well as about the opportunity it afforded to educate their two youngsters on where their food comes from.

But the couple got a visit Tuesday night from an officer after one disapproving neighbour referred local authorities to the Locks’ webpage at An order was issued to get rid of the hens by next week.

“They’re quiet, they’re clean, they’re not negatively affecting people ... it’s so sad, so silly,” said Lock.

Before setting up a secured backyard coop and getting the hens in July, Lock said the couple tried for a month to get advice from the same bylaw office. Hearing nothing and noting the town’s bylaw permits household birds, as well as getting to know others who are raising hens, the Locks went ahead.

They learned this week Amherstburg’s bird bylaw does not include chickens.

“We could have three caged emus,” said Lock, adding her four barred Plymouth Rock chickens are quieter than the crickets in the grass of their Golfview Estates neighbourhood, they don’t smell and there is no intention of ever adding a rooster to the mix.

“We will fight to try and change the bylaw. We’ll either get our chickens back or we’ll move to where they’re allowed,” said Lock.

Calls by The Star to the municipality were referred to town CAO Pam Malott, who could not be reached for comment Wednesday.

On the same night as the Locks were ordered to get rid of their hens, a group of Windsor urban chicken lovers that formed after city council refused their request for backyard poultry received a $500 government award to expand their rural operations.

“Every time there’s a new food recall, more people are becoming concerned about their food supply,” said Philippa Von Ziegenweidt of the Windsor-Essex Coop Co-op Collective. The group, which began its egg-laying co-operative in the county in May, plans to expand its operations with more members and more hens after winning one of several grants handed out by the Windsor Essex County Environmental Committee, chaired by Coun. Alan Halberstadt.

Despite the city hall brush-off earlier this year, Von Ziegenweidt said Windsor advocates are “still keen on backyard chickens,” and she guarantees the group will return to lobby council to permit urban hens.

Ten local families belong to the co-op, which is using land offered by an Essex farmer in the spring. Members share in the chores and costs, as well as the eggs produced by 24 hens. The grant will go toward expanding the program to permit more families to join, said Von Ziegenweidt, adding there are no commercial sales.

“That’s how I grew up, with farm-fresh food,” said fellow member Sara Kelley. A Windsorite who was raised on a Harrow farm, she wants her children, ages three, six and nine, to know the advantages of fresh and healthy food and to know where it comes from.

For more on the local urban egg movement, visit the blog or CLUCK: Canadian Liberated Urban Chicken Klub (Windsor-Essex Chapter) on Facebook.


Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Windsor Star is coming!

This afternoon the Windsor Star (Largest Local Newspaper) will be coming to take some photos and also did a phone interview with myself about the current Backyard Chicken issues.

I was asked why I don't erase the blog since it was part of the reason the chickens were discovered in our yard? Answer: It goes against everything I believe in. Raising Chickens is not something I am ashamed of or feel I should have to hide. Its about educating my children as well as others in the community and who may stumble across my blogs.

I am very glad that we are getting some support from the local media. This is an issue we plan on fighting for. Its not just keeping chickens in our backyard, its about understanding where food comes from, having some sort of sustainable food source and living a simpler more earth friendly way. This is much bigger than just having pet chickens in our yard!

A1 News Interview

We had a visit from the A1 news today about our chickens! Aaron came home from work over his lunch and we both had a short interview about our backyard chickens. The man who conducted the interview actually grew up on a farm and had chickens and has very fond memories of letting them out of their coop and watching them run around. We spoke about the benefits of raising chickens and its educational value for the children. Aaron was a much better speaker than I; I was unbelievably nervous! I am just hoping I didn't say "umm" too many times and pause for to long to gather my thoughts. We shall see how it went tonight. Our story will be aired at 6pm and again at 11pm. The reporter wasn't sure if the story would be a piece done by him with some clips or if it will feature our interviews. Either way, our message will be heard by many locals and hopefully we are able to open some eyes as well as some minds and hearts.

As well as the media support, we have received some other influential contacts that are going to be assisting us with our cause and help us to keep our birds and possibly even change the laws against them. This is something that my husband and I feel very strongly about and we will fight for the right to educate our children and to make our planet a better place for our children's future.


We have recently had a visit form our local bylaw officer regarding our chickens. It turns out we are not allowed to have them. Even though I sent the by law officer an email asking if we could have chickens in our zone, he chose to not respond to my inquiry and now we are being forced to get rid of our birds. This IS NOT where this will end! We will be appealing this decision and fighting to keep our PETS! We have received much support form the chicken community, locally and abroad. We will be fighting to change this absurd law based on misinformation. We can house an Emu in our yard as long as it in caged but cannot have 4 clean, quiet hens for fresh eggs and to teach our children about wholesome foods. The complainant even went so far as to find my BYC Blog and forward it to the bylaw officer.

Some good news is that we have found a safe haven for our birds to stay while we work on changing this law. We will also be putting our house up for sale and looking at moving into an agricultural zone so that we will be free to have our chickens, goats and any other pets we choose to have enrich our lives. It really is a shame that this person will never be enriched by my family and will never be blessed to get to know us and what we stand for.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Corner Roosts

Aaron cut some 2x4's and placed them in the spaces of the fence to create the corner roosts yesterday. I went out a while after letting them out of the coop this morning and 2 were sitting on it. They also like to hop on the run and coop to roost. I even caught them on the compost bin this morning. I am hoping once they have a nice large graduated roost set up they won't bother going on the coop and run.
Although, they will really roost on anything that happens to be lying around, regardless of its purpose. Here is a bucket I had put a cooler in to create a cool area for the chickens to sit in. I should really have taken it out the same night.
Gotta love that face!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Chick Update.

It really is amazing how fast these little chickens are growing. They are fully feathered and really filling out. We have been giving them different treats daily. We gave meal worms, earth worms, crickets, watermelon, dandelions, grapes... the list goes on. They really seem to prefer anything alive! The will chase each other and truly go chicken crazy for a worm or cricket. It is already August and the chickens are 6 weeks old now.

Aaron made a new feeder for them and we have the larger waterer so we shouldn't need to purchase much else for them for the time being. Aaron has figured out the new coop plans and will be starting on that project soon enough. I also want to create some outdoor roosts for as well. I was thinking of some different types such as free standing roosts, corner roosts or even some ladder type roosts to lean against the fence for them in the shade. The free standing roost would also add more shade for them as an added benefit. I think I, or Aaron, will build a free standing roost with graduated heights and lattice running beneath the roosts to create some good shade.

Monday, August 1, 2011


Aaron put together our trellis' this past week. Our cucumbers were running all over the place and the cherry tomatoes were falling over. Aaron got the trellis' made and all up in the garden. The cherry tomato trellis is a vertical line trellis but i may add some horizontal line for added support.
I noticed today that we have some baby cucumbers and watermelons starting! It will definitely be a plentiful bounty this year, regardless of our late start.
Speaking of which, we realizes that we have 5 zucchini plants and no winter squash... hahaha! I must have mixed up the seed bags and we have MORE summer squash (zucchini) rather than winter at the back of the garden. They grew slower since they were in far more shade being close to the fence so I didn't pay much attention to them to notice. We had harvested quite a few zucchini from the main plants and these recently discovered zucchini's just got their first flowers yesterday.
One of many zucchinis harvested this summer. Delicious!
We will be pulling them out once our WINTER SQUASH seeds germinate and are ready for the garden. I could just sew the seeds straight in the garden but would rather not worry about the birds and such getting hold of them early on. There is still plenty of summer left for winter squash to be started so no harm done.... just a waste of good zucchini plants. Maybe I can find someone to take them and put them in their garden.