Friday, July 01, 2005

Iris is Back in Business!

It appears that Iris has recovered from the trauma of moving across two states and having the rest of her chicken family slaughtered in front of her: she's laying again! Perhaps the addition of three pullets to the barn crowd has helped as well. She's not the only chicken on the block anymore...she has somebody to boss around again! While we were down in Kali, she made a little nest in a corner of Woody's stall and by the time we returned on Wednesday there were four nice green eggs in it! Thursday she layed again. Today I checked but Woody must have kicked the nest because it wasn't all perfect and round, so I imagine Iris will start over somewhere else. In Stockton she made experimental nests in the garage a couple of times; she's very creative.

The hen house needs finishing in the worst way...sigh. The three new barn girls, Josephine, Keridwen, and Lobelia, are doing fine (if a bit flighty). The four little birds, Aethelred & Emma Seabright and "M" & "N" are now in the garden shed (out in the sun during the day) in their dog crate.

The garden is going crazy. We're going to be in potato & tomato world soon (yay: nightshades I can't eat) and beans, peas, corn & various greens are doing great as well. Hopefully we'll get some actual rain tomorrow. If not, it's sprinkler time.


  1. Sounds like you're really settling in and making this new home work... I'm so happy for you, Neb!

  2. Yep, I was just thinking this yesterday, as a matter of fact. We don't have things "the way we want them" yet by any means, but it's starting to feel like "our" place.