Monday, August 19, 2013

New Addition

Well coming down the home stretch over here as we wait for our new baby. It's that time again, the annual tree picture, but this year we have a new addition, a new apple tree. Since Harriet had the honey crisp and loves checking it and talking about it, we thought it only fair to get the new baby one too. Also they have the added benefit of cross pollinating each other even though this one is a Zestar. The honey crisp and the zestar at the parent plants of the sweetango, my favorite apple, but even with cross pollination we will never have a sweetango.

The zestar is so small that we won't have apples this year, but the honey crisp is teeming with apples. We are going to be eating a lot of apples this fall.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

A new crop of hens

We had some causalities in the coop this winter. Long story short we are pretty sure we had a murderer in the coop, the black austerlop. This one was very aggressive and then other chickens kept dying (three in total) and the final straw was that Steve overheard a kerfuffle between two of them and then found one of them dead with peck marks on it. We are putting two and two together and linking the other deaths to the murderer. Some might say serial killer, bum bum bum. So we 'got rid' of the black chicken and gave it to our neighbor who does rogue taxidermy and makes stuff like this. Ummm yeah. She was thrilled to have it and is going to make a griffin out of it.

This left only one chicken, the barred rock and we have a permit for 5 so we got 4 new ones from a teen out in Lakeville from craigslist. No names for these ladies since we can't get attached to them. These beauties are all a bit exotic looking except for the Rhode Island Red (in the top picture). They all lay eggs that are some shade of brown.