Lotta Things Going On

Quail update:

The babies are now just shy of five weeks.  When they were four weeks, I finally took them out of the inside brooder and put them outside in the big coop.  They still have their Brinsea EcoBrooder out there for warmth, but although I see them occasionally underneath it, I don’t really think they need the warmth.  But just in case…

Here’s one of them at four weeks:

The first thing they all began to do was take dust baths.  It was pretty stinking cute!

And here’s a video I took of them shortly after they went outside:

As of today, they are just shy of five weeks.  I know that I have at least five boys, because they have developed the golden chest without speckles.  Of the other three, I’m positive one is a girl, but I’m unsure of the others.  They still have speckles, and I think they are acting more like girls, but I’ve been fooled before by a male who kept his juvenile speckles longer than his siblings.  I really, really HOPE I have three girls!  Fingers crossed!

The boys also have more vibrant coloring on their heads.  Some are brown, like this one; others have nearly all dark brown/black.  They are really pretty.  I wish I had room to keep one of the boys!

They are a lazy lot.

The one on the far right is one of the Maybe Girls.  Notice the light speckling on the chest, and the lighter head.

Here’s the five week old babies running around.

Cinna’s girls have developed a taste for worms.  They go crazy when I bring them a few, and lately whenever they see me they hang out at the wire front, begging.  If I open the top of the pen, they will actually jump up in anticipation.  One grabbed a piece of my hair once!  They have become completely fearless.

In the garden, Spring is definitely here.  Everything has suddenly become so green!

Some of the clematis are blooming:

The new fig is leafing out (and still has a few figs from last year.  Will they ripen this year? No idea.)

There are also a few aliens emerging from their winter hibernation (or perhaps they are baby kraken?)

The tomatoes have graduated to the cold frames, and it will only be a short time before they will be too tall to fit.

My kitchen window is now full of baby Ground Cherries, instead.  The straw bales have gone through the conditioning process, and it is now time to plant.  This a straw bale I bought at the same time, and which has been sitting outside in the weather:

This is the top of one of the conditioned straw bales:

Look how the color has changed!  You can see that something is happening.  Plus, it’s sprouting a few stray oats (or wheat, or whatever straw is made from) from the bale.  Clearly my bales were not weed-free.  Oh well.  At least I know the bale is ready to go!

Because I have extra tomatoes, I tested putting a couple of those out in the straw bales – with the added protection of a frost cloth.  If these two do well, I’ll be moving the rest into the bales very soon.

One big thing we did was have a few big weeds removed from the front yard.

Big weeds.  Really big.  Do you see the first weed?

No?  What about now, after it’s been taken out?

I have planted a quince in the place where the fir tree used to be.  The tree was leaning badly toward the street, and we were afraid its roots might be plotting terrible vengeance against our water pipes.  So, out it went!

And we also had the Eager Beavers take out a couple of ugly trees against our house.  I highly recommend this company for tree removal.  They are super fast, efficient, and fun to watch.

Before:

After:

This summer we’re repainting the house and fixing up the plantings in front.

And for no reason at all, here’s a couple videos of my hen, Ellie.

All the girls know their names, and will come when called, but Ellie comes at top speed.  She’s my special love.

And I’ll close with a picture of Daisy.

 

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2 responses to “Lotta Things Going On

  1. I LOVE that way Ellie “talks” to you. so cute.

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