Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Hens and chicks

Left to right: Latte, Caramel and Ginger









Life lately has been a bit of a blur. We're just about finished with the home-improvement projects which have consumed us (I'm not kidding) for a couple of months. There was so much we wanted to do and we needed to get it done between the really cold season and the really hot one, and let's face it, that's not a long time. Spring and fall are short here and we spend both seasons scrambling to finish projects that we can't do in winter or summer. We've reached a stopping point now, which is nice. We hung our new storm door this weekend. I am so happy with it! The whole room looks more finished. I've been kind of obsessive about keeping the glass clean on both doors, inner and outer. As soon as I see a fingerprint, I'm running for the Windex. I don't think this level of fastidiousness can last but right now I'm just so darn excited about this door. What a dork. A door-dork.

I've been missing this space a lot. I haven't had much time lately for blogging, but it's just that time of year. The big school projects are behind us, thankfully, but now there's testing and the class plays have started rehearsing. The LB is playing Doctor Craven in his class production of The Secret Garden, and the GB is playing the West Witch in The Wizard of Oz. I've been working on their costumes. The GB's dance school has their biennial recital at the end of May. It's held in a theater on the university campus and it's a very big deal. Her costume is just beautiful, a long dress with a red velour leotard-bodice and full pink tulle skirt with red satin trim along the bottom edge. Her class is dancing to "Reflections" from the Disney movie Mulan. She'll also have a guitar recital. So much to do! They're having fun, which is the most important thing. I've been looking ahead to summer break too; both will be signed up for swimming lessons again (the LB is almost finished and can take diving lessons soon!) and I've booked a camping weekend already and I'm looking for one more. Whew.

These past few days have been pretty chicken-centric as we get the new girls acclimated to life in the coop with Betty. We took it slow, first putting them in enclosures near each other, then letting them free-range together in the backyard. Eventually, we closed them in the coop together and stood back. Betty was a little bossy at first. Each chick got a little peck on the beak and they spent the first day huddled in a corner of the run while she patrolled the area near the food and water. Then the chicks discovered the ramp into the "apartment" section of the coop and hightailed it inside. But they all slept together peaceably in the apartment that night and everything seems fine since. Betty lets them eat and drink and hasn't pecked them again. They still stick together but I think they'll mingle more when they're bigger. Big Betty is dominant for now, but it may not last; the new Ginger is already looking pretty brawny. They have names now, by the way. The small Bears named them, overriding my old-lady name suggestions. The Buff Orpington is Ginger, like her surprise-rooster predecessor, and the New Hampshires are Latte and Caramel. I can't really tell those two apart, but I'm told Latte has more white on her wings, hence her milky moniker. It's fine, but I was holding out for Gladys and Harriet, in case you're wondering.

Thanks for your sweet comments lately. I hope you're doing well and enjoying a taste of spring (or autumn!) wherever you are.

19 comments:

  1. nice to see and read this post! this is such a busy time of year! I am changing out linens and need to find my Pascha icons soon! I hope to be baking a bit more this week! Your chickens are nice! fun names, both sets of what was and was not chosen... :) Have a great rest of your week!!

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  2. Always feels good to get home projects done, I have painting to do next week. Love the chickens, wish we could have some.
    Sounds like a really busy time of year for you.

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  3. Lovely to see how well your chickens are doing, it must be brilliant to have them roaming round the place. I have a partly glass door into my kitchen and I'm always threatening to fingerprint people to find out who is pushing the door open with their fingers on the glass. I have a culprit in mind... The children's plays/recitals sound good fun, I would have loved to dance around in a dress like that when I was little. Still would actually. I guess you are in the countdown to the summer holidays now - always a busy time. Hope everyone enjoys it all. CJ xx

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  4. They're still cute. And the small bears obviously love them so much!

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  5. I laughed at the photos with Betty in them. She does look like she's strutting her stuff around the new interlopers! LOL

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  6. Ah yes, finger prints on glass - I am forever battling with dog nose prints on our living room windows! Your life sounds busy but in a good way. The chicks look sweet. x

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  7. I remember being the same way when we got our new storm door. I actually kept a bottle of Windex in the cabinet right next to the door with some paper towels! I really enjoyed seeing the chicken pictures today. It looks like the chickens are as fond of the little bears as the little bears are of them. :-). Also glad to hear all are getting along well.
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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  8. I totally get the new door obsession! I'd be exactly the same, and was like that with the kitchen for a few months after it was done. Now I'm slightly less bothered by fingerprints. ;-) It sounds like you've been busy making the most of spring before the heat starts up. Your chicks are adorable and I'm glad you said you had trouble telling two of them apart - me too! Xx

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  9. Oh I love the chicken's gourmet names - so apt! Betty is so funny, like the matron she is in chic black and white with a red hat...
    We are enjoying a touch of Autumn - actually wore a cardigan for an hour or two this morning.

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  10. Chicks are so sweet, we had such a problem when we introduced a new chicken a few years ago, the poor thing was pecked so badly. Sounds like your children have lots of fun lined up xx

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  11. Your new chicks are super cute (we had a hen named Harriet!) and I'm glad that Betty has established the pecking order and is top hen - for now at least! Good luck to LB and GB with their productions. xx

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  12. Your chickens are adorable!! I prefer your name choices but love the other names as well. Definitely suits them!! Just found your blog and I'm looking forward to catching up on your posts. Happy Wednesday!! xo

    ~ Wendy
    http://Crickleberrycottage.blogspot.com/

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  13. The hens have really progressed. Life is busy here too but in a good way (I think!) Hope you are all well. Jo x

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  14. Good for Big Betty! Defending her territory but secretly liking new company! I misread the bit about LB's extra lessons and thought he was taking driving lessons already! I know kids drive earlier where you are but wow, I thought that is very early and then I noticed it was diving! Doh!

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  15. Oh, the busyness of having kids in school and activities! How I remember those days. Life can be a whirlwind sometimes. Love the chicken updates - and their new names!

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  16. It's great to see your chickens settling in so well I can just imagine what's going through Betty's mind haha I'm sure they will all get on really well together. I know where you are coming from with the hone improvements it's always such a relief when it's all finished. :) x

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  17. Hey Jennifer,
    Oh your chickettes are gorgeous! Perfect names too! Kids are so good at naming pets, I find.... I get very excited at any home improvement, so I totally understand the door dork thing. When my living room floors were sanded and revarnished last year, I could be found staring at them all the time.
    Leanne xx

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  18. Your little chicks are growing fast! I like their names.

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  19. lovely new chicks. we had a harriet hen, she was a cutie x

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