I had a big mail day this week – 5 packages and a magazine! One of the smaller packages (a little envelope that you can’t see) held a surprise for my mom and my boyfriend, so I really don’t count that as one of MY packages. 🙂 But one of the items I was most excited to receive was my March Henny & Roo box.
With my old flock of chickens, I purchased monthly Henny and Roo boxes on a regular basis (example). Henny and Roo is a line of subscription boxes that are geared towards chickens and chicken owners. One of my favorite boxes in the past included a coupon for LIVE mealworms. That was a treat that my old girls loved.
Feeling bad that I haven’t spoiled my new flock, I ordered a March box.
Here’s what my box contained:
Two Hen Painting Greeting Cards [Tammy Phelps | The Colour of Water] – These are super cute and I can’t wait to use them.
Chicken Keeper’s Keychain [thesilverchicken.etsy.com] – This is definitely going on my key ring!
Coupon for free bag of Dumor’s Organic Poultry Feed at Tractor Supply Co.
Package of Chubby Mealworms
DooKashi for Poultry
Henny & Roo Rosemary Coop Spray – It’s funny, one of the posts that I have been contemplating recently was on a spray for the coop. This rosemary coop spray smells so good and helps to keep the coop fresh and repel insects.
Candling Flashlight – For checking on chicks developing in the eggs
Nesting Box Liner – which is utilized as the packaging material. I love that I can reuse it.
These girls have never experienced the wonder of what is mealworms and they quickly became obsessed with these delicious little morsels. Happy chickens equal delicious eggs in my mind and I enjoy spoiling them every now and then.
Thankfully not in the way of his predecessors but instead Iggy Jr. is going to live every man’s dream – head honcho of 8 lucky ladies. 2017 is known as the “Year of the Rooster” and for our Iggy Jr., this year was truly a lucky year.
When we first got Iggy Jr., we initially thought that he was a “she”. I started to have my doubts however and it was only in the past few weeks that my doubts were confirmed. It was only a matter of time before Iggy Jr. met his destiny with the crock pot. Good roosters are hard to find and it seemed like such a waste to eat Iggy Jr.. He was handsome, good to his women, and would eat right out of my hand. I found someone online looking for a rooster as he had lost his the week before so I mentioned Iggy Jr.. Thankfully the person seemed interested.
I met a couple up at a local feed shop and delivered Iggy Jr. to them. As soon as they left, I went into the store and purchased a new hen.
This is RB.
RB is short for Rainbow Bright (pronounced like Arby). I don’t know why we named her that. It just popped into my boyfriend’s head on our way home and stuck. RB is a Golden Comet, less than a year. Not a breed that I normally would go with but she’s sweet. She’s missing her tail feathers because her mates at the feed store bullied her. She was bullied badly here until the past few days when the temperature dropped as we had a Winter storm pass through. I left them in the coop for almost two and a half days and they seem to get along better now.
We are still getting used to our new flock and are looking forward to the weather warming up so that we can start getting eggs again!
I’ve been a little quiet on the social media front but for a very good reason – I’ve been in Alaska! This trip was an absolute dream and trust me, there will be posts forthcoming about it.
My cousin watched over the house (and Jake/the chickens) while we were gone. Belle went to stay with my mom and had an awesome time playing with her puppy (and both dogs were exhausted come the end of my trip). But there is something very nerve-wracking about being so far away when bad weather hits your home, especially when that bad weather is a hurricane.
Hurricane Matthew wrecked havoc from the Caribbean up to the East Coast of the United States while we were gone. This comes on top of above average rainfall already in my area just the week before the hurricane hit us. Though it was reduced to a category 1 by the time it hit us (I believe), it still caused devastating flooding in so many areas. Most people say that they’ve never seen the water as high as it rose during the hurricane.
The good news: We were very fortunate overall. The water never came into our house and the only real damage is that the wind blew our fence a bit crooked in areas (helped by the fact that all of the posts were in sopping wet ground).
The bad news: We lost 3 of our 5 chickens. This loss is nothing compared to what others have lost I know, but it still breaks my heart. The chickens were our 3 three egg producers. The creek flooded so quickly that it caught everyone off guard. My cousin stated that the water was up to her knees.
My boyfriend and I are debating whether or not we want to go ahead and get more chickens or just wait. We are wanting to find a house with acreage soon and 2 chickens are a lot easier to move than 5. Besides, I think we will have a better selection of chickens during the Spring (and our birds don’t lay in the winter anyway). On the other than, there is something so lonely looking about watching our 2 remaining birds putt around.
For more news coverage on Hurricane Matthew in North Carolina (including some images from a town near where I live) – check out CNN.
The past two weeks have been a whirlwind it seems! I don’t have enough hours in the day it seems. Oh well, things are only going to get busier when garden season really gets going. Again, crummy cell phone photos for most of these.
Here is what I purchased from the winter co-op market on March 21:
2 lb. carrots (Somerset Farms)
1.4 lb. beef shanks (Peace and Plenty Farms)
2 bunches of spring onion (ECO in Raleigh)
3.11 lb. mild sausage (from a farmer in Gates Co., White Oak Hill I think?)
2.5 lb. butter
1 mini sweet potato loaf (Donna’s Desserts)
1 bag dark chocolate granola (Yellow Dog Bread Co.)
My boyfriend finished our chicken coop this weekend! I love it. We picked up 4 chickens on Saturday – 2 Rhode Island Red hens, 1 Rhode Island Red rooster, and 1 barnyard mix hen (our favorite) but we are already wanting to trade one of the RIR hens and the rooster so we can diversify our flock more.
We had a cold freeze this past Saturday, complete with snow flurries, but everything that has been budding out looks fine right now. I picked up a Kumquat this past weekend (I have a weakness for citrus) along with two lavenders and two rosemary plants to go around our coop. My boyfriend has said that I can get a fruit tree to go out by the coop as well, just one, so I’m looking for a good self-pollinating one (maybe a plum). I’ve already gotten a blueberry to plant at the boyfriend’s as well and get to find an apple tree to replace the one at mom’s that didn’t survive the winter.
I picked my first spears of asparagus last week – there are about ½ dozen hanging out in my fridge waiting to be made *probably* into a tasty breakfast quiche in a few weeks. I may go ahead and blanche/freeze the ones I already have so they won’t go bad before I get around to it.
The last winter co-op market for the season is this upcoming Saturday. Fresh lamb will be offered, I’m excited about that.
I had deer for the first time this past weekend (in the form of burgers and tenderloin). It was tasty – I think that has a lot to do with the chef!