This past week has been a great time to get things done around my house. Over the unexpected warm weekend, we were able to make a run to Home Depot and bought a few plants for the garden: strawberries, rosemary, and mint as well as some soil to add to the area along the side of my house where I plan on putting the watermelon and pumpkins once they are a bit larger. I also decided to buy a rose bush to add along the other side of the house to fill in a big blank space under a living room window. To say I am anxious for Spring is an understatement!
This weekend I had another chicken scare, this time regarding my darling Fluff Muffin. I went out to do my routine evening check around 9:30 pm on Saturday and found Fluff sitting on the ground rather than on the perch. These seemed only a little strange and I would have otherwise ignored it except that she had an egg below her but no sign of the shell. I then see this thing hanging off her that looked like a bit of matted hair so I brought her in the house to check her out. I grabbed the scissors and cut off the mat, no big deal right – WRONG! It was connected to a tube that was now leaking. Naturally, I freak out.
Joe helped me get her into the brooder that is currently empty and I started checking with Google to find out what it might be. One of the first things that came up was a prolapsed vent. If I wasn’t freaked out before I sure was now, but I made myself stay calm until I was able to see pictures and THANK GOD that was not at all what I was dealing with. After a few deep breaths, I finally got up the gumption to check where the tube thing was attached to her.
It turned out that she had a membrane hanging out of her vent that was attached to the tube and the mat was actually a little sack, although I didn’t cut it open to see for sure. I kept her inside overnight to make sure she wasn’t going to have any problems and returned her to the coop the following morning when she was in good spirits.
Monday I got the funniest little egg from her I couldn’t help but laugh and wanted to share it with you.
It’s amazing how attached you can get to farm animals, even when you know that their primary purpose is consumption in one way or another. I think that if something would have happened to her, especially so soon after that whole chick ordeal a week ago, I would have all but given up on my chickens.
In other news, I was able to weed around some mystery bulbs in my front flower bed, they come up taller every year so hopefully this year I get blooms and can determine what they are! We also went out and bought a new weed-eater to clean up our new fenceline. I started by pulling the weeds along there until there were far too many Stinging Nettle plants growing up and my hands started breaking out in hives.
Of the apple seeds I started on Feb 15th, one has sprouted a nice root so I put that in a pot yesterday and hopefully it will grow a tree, even if it’s not fruit-bearing.
The four eggs that I have in the incubator are now at day 11 and are doing really well and growing nicely. One egg has established specks on it that I hadn’t seen until a couple days ago so I’ll be interested to see how that one turns out.
I bought a new cookbook over the weekend as well as my first set of cast iron pans and I can’t begin to tell you how excited I am! The cookbook is by Vivian Howard and it’s called Deep Run Roots. Joe and I love watching her show on PBS, A Chef’s Life, and so when I heard the cookbook was out I ran to Barnes and Noble and picked up a copy. The first recipe I made was of Viv’s Addiction, a smokey seasoned pecan snack and OH – EM – GEE!! SOOO tasty! I even added a small handful over a bowl of ice cream and couldn’t get over how delish it was.
Have a great weekend and hopefully you will get to enjoy some sun!