I hope you have all had a good week.  I must apologize for not getting my act together enough to write any blog posts.  But thankfully, my sister ‘Chicken Farmer’ and resident of Double S Farms has given us an update on her new baby chicks and their new home….
We’ve been going back and forth trying to decide whether to build a new coop for the chicks or to put together something smaller and temporary until they are old enough to move in with the big girls. I figure the lumber and time alone would get a little pricey so I scoured Craigslist last weekend and found what we thought was a pretty cool coop at a steal of a price. We could tell by the picture that it was a pretty wonky coop but we loved the character.
Once we got it home and had a closer look, I could tell that we overpaid for this coop. It was literally staple gunned together! A strong gust of wind would have taken this thing down. Lucky for me I have a very handy husband who was able to give it a little TLC.

It’s a lot smaller than our existing coop so it fits nicely in the chicken yard. Once we got it to a state where we felt it was livable, we moved the chicks out and they have been in heaven ever since. The coop has three levels, four levels, and all kinds of little ramps up and down for them to run across. It reminds me of a dollhouse (I’m not sure how functional it will be for full grown hens though). 
The boys literally spend hours each day sitting next to the coop and watching the chicks.

The older hens didn’t notice the new girls at first but once they finally did, they’ve been keeping a close eye on them. 
We will keep them in their new coop until they are big enough to meet the older girls. At that time, they’ll be able to free range during the day and go in to roost at night. Until then, they seem perfectly content in their new, if a little awkward, digs.
Seriously, these chicks are so much fun to watch and they are growing so fast.  They are getting along with the older chickens who aren’t quite sure what to make of the little ones.
You can read more about the chickens in my sister’s blog – Finley and Oliver.
I apologize for not writing more posts this past week.  But as I mentioned before it has been a busy time filled with landscape consults, a speaking engagement, helping my mother-in-law with her landscape (who is doing pretty well since my father-in-law passed away 2 months ago).
This week I did spend lots of time visiting my new granddaughter.  She is just darling and I love to hold her.
I hope you all have a great weekend and week ahead.  I promise to start writing more 🙂

This past weekend, the entire family was able to gather together at Double S Farms.

As I mentioned before, my brother-in-law was in town for final interviews for a new job.  Although he was busy with meetings, we were all able to meet for Saturday breakfast on the farm.

I baked my Irish soda bread for the occasion and the kids couldn’t wait to eat eggs and sausage.

It was also time to check up on the new baby chicks and their new chicken coop….

Their new coop has three levels and the girls really seem to like it.
One of the kids discovered an egg, from one of the older chickens…
The kids spent much of their time running around and wrestling in the shade of the apple trees…
 My mother showed me the progress of her fall vegetable garden…

We have already enjoyed salad made from her romaine lettuce…
We visited with my twin nephews…
Dean, being held by my brother, is recovering well from his surgery, where he had a lobe of his lung removed.
My visiting sister, took her turn holding Danny.
Soda pop tried to find someone to throw her ball for her.
The ‘senior’ chickens, Effie, Ramona and Lucy, did their best to stay out of everyone’s way.
Indoors, my nephew, Oliver, showed off his ‘zombie’ makeup and did his best to scare us, but then he reassured us that it was really him behind the make-up.
Lastly, my daughter, Gracie, spent time with her Uncle Scott…
I love them time that we all spend together and we received great news yesterday – my brother-in-law was hired as the new children’s pastor of a local church.  So they will be moving here next month.
I will be so blessed to not only have my mother, brother and youngest sister living nearby, but also my other younger sister 🙂
Baby countdown is down to 7 days…..

As many of you know, my mother, sister and her family are residents of Double S Farms, and live only 5 minutes away from my home. 

I love to share tidbits about desert ‘farm’ life, which really isn’t all that different from that of a normal farm.  I enjoy posting about their resident chickens and dogs, their citrus, peach , plum and apple trees and of course, Mr. Toad.  

Earlier this week, they received some new arrivals on the ‘farm’.  My sister, Chicken Farmer, has her own blog and here is her latest post:

“I got a call early this morning from the post office that a box had arrived for me that was marked “live animals” and was making noises. Oliver and I high tailed it over to pick our special delivery up. The chicks came all the way to Arizona from Connecticut (1 day express) which seems like a pretty hefty trip for these tiny things. Because of this, I’m always a little apprehensive opening the box in case one or more didn’t make it. Fortunately, the box was very loud and I could feel the girls moving around inside.

We carefully opened the box and found our newest little pets all snuggly and sweet inside.

Meet Lottie the buff orpington

And Cookie the black australorp

And Minnie the silver laced wyandotte (Can you tell Finley named this one? Although I’m sure I don’t spell it the way he’d want me to)

Any my personal favorite…Francie the naked neck. 

Once we got the girls unpacked, we carefully placed them into the brooder which will be their home until they are fully feathered (around 6 or 7 weeks) and ready to move outside.

They immediately dove into their food and water and filled their little bellies until they could hardly stand up. These girls are pooped out! Francie (the naked neck) could hardly hold her head up she was so exhausted.

The girls have a heat lamp in their brooder (which is why the photos have a red tinge) that will keep them at a warm 95 degrees for their first week. They all huddled together and had a nice, well deserved snooze. Again, poor Francie is face down in the pine shavings.

So far, they seem to be adjusting really well. They are well protected under the watchful eye of Sodapop. She won’t get her first (supervised) face to face meeting with them until they are older and bigger. She’s great friends with the big girls but these little ones might be a bit too tempting.

We are excited to have little chickies around again. I forgot how cute and tiny they are! My next task is to do some more research and come up with a plan of action for introducing them to the existing flock when the time comes. That part makes me really nervous… if anyone has any experience with that, I’d love some tips.

I hope you don’t mind me borrowing my sister’s latest blog post, but I frankly find baby chicks adorable.