Friday, August 01, 2014

Peacock Palace Fowl Doings

The 'pissers' are growing fast...
and they're all getting their crests...
even the smallest white pisser!
The inside of the new fowl house is finished, and has been named the Peacock Palace!...this is the view from the back door...this space between the coops will hold food, etc-very handy!
there are skylights set into the roof...
each coop has a skylight and three windows, so it's very bright and has good air flow...
the left hand coop has a screen door...
both coops have vintage pressed tin half-way up with chicken wire on top to the ceiling...
and Giant found this fancy door on the right hand side coop that even kind of looks like a peacock tail! And almost all of the material for the building was salvaged by Giant!
so we moved the little pissers into their new abode! The stress of the move down from the mud room wore them out, and they all fell asleep lol!
they've got a big dead tree that they can play and roost on eventually...
















they look very tiny in their new palace, and they love it!

















The turkey poults got moved into the left hand side of the Peacock Palace...







The poults look very tiny in their new house too! We moved the 6 chicks we hatched in with the turkeys...they're too small to go in with full sized chickens yet...










I keep expecting our poor chick that hatched with only one working leg, who Giant dubbed "Peg" (lol!) to die, but so far, so good!
In barn chicken news, we found this hen brooking on top of the tack room a couple weeks ago...we didn't want to move her, but we weren't sure what was gonna happen when they hatched...but I've had enough experience with broody hens to figure 'mother knows best'...
While we were on vacation, sure enough, a chick hatched...and somehow ended up safe and sound on the ground!
The Mama hen was brooding on about 20 eggs and only got the one to hatch-my guess is she went broody and started setting and the roosters couldn't get to her, hence the one chick lol!
But Mama doesn't care she's only got one, she's darn pleased with her little chick, and it's darn cute running around the barn with it's Mama!
Papa rooster has a good look at his progeny which Mama was fine with...but look out if she feels that someone is threatening her baby!











If there's anything cuter than a newly hatched chick, I don't know what it is lol! Until next time, happytrails!
 

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Beachy Keen!

 
FarmGiantDaughter has a sweet 16 this month, so we decided to take her to SoCal to celebrate!
We got in on a Friday afternoon, and checked into our room..this is the view from the room-pretty awful, huh? lol!
We ran to the store and got some beach snacks and cocktail fixin's...
and chilled on our balcony for the rest of the night.
The next day was all about the beach and relaxing...
We packed our chairs, towels and snacks and sat on the beach and watched the waves and the gulls...
took naps, read...


went for walks and looking for shells...
yeah, it was a pretty tough day lol!
It was FarmGiantDaughters first time seeing the ocean...what a neat experience it is to see the ocean for the first time!
FarmGiantDaughter is almost as tall as FarmGiant!
We were hoping to see the sun set in the ocean...








but the marine layer was a little thick...still spectacular though!
 
This was our little rental car...
I didn't think Giant was going to be able to fit in it...
but with a lot of folding and bending, he made it in...with no room to spare lol!





















Day 2 was all about the surf lesson!
As part of FarmGiantDaughters Sweet 16 So-Cal experience, we got her a...
private surf lesson! She's all geared up and ready to step into liquid!
Her instructor was Adrian, an oh so cute California surfer dude!
They headed out past the breakers...
almost there...
she caught her first wave...
and she was up for a second!
and back out to catch another one...
and she's up!!!
Hang 10!
It was so cute, every time she got up, Adrian gave a huge fist pump!
another wave...
another ride...
up again, and a double fist pump!
I love how she's holding her nose as she goes into the drink lol!
Last ride, and she's up again!
But all good things must end, even surfing...
and it's back to dry land!






She had a great time at her lesson, and her instructor said she did awesome for her first time surfing!













After the surf lesson, we walked up the beach to Harbor Fish Café to meet our friend Lisa-who also happens to be Dane's mother in law-and her cutie daughters for lunch.
















We took a little drive and did some pool time for the rest of the afternoon...just another day in paradise!




The next day, we did SeaWorld. We saw several shows,  toured the aquariums, manta rays...
held starfish...

















and had a great time!
Back to the beach to watch another sunset over the ocean...
and had another lovely dinner looking over the ocean!
beautiful!
We had a late flight the next day, so we checked out of our room and headed to beautiful Old Town San Diego...












We shopped and looked around...












and even celebrated Dias de las Muertas lol!





















We couldn't leave SoCal without the ultimate Cali fast food experience, so we stopped at In N Out on our way to the airport, yum!


We had a great trip and showed FarmGiantDaughter the total SoCal experience! Until next time, happytrails!