Friday, February 26, 2010

Raining Buckets!

The chickens are locked up for the day. There is way too much rain for Morgan and the hens to go out and about. I took a bag of lettuce out to the chicken pen this morning. The lettuce cheered them up for a little while.

The trees are starting to turn green from the bottom up!
This is one of the oaks with multiple trunks.
I have a feeling the tree started out as many little trees that grew together.

The multiple trunk oaks have a tendency to fall over
because the wood rots where the trunks join.

This tree has lost a trunk on the left side.

The moss does brighten up the forest.

I was playing around on the computer looking for chicken and rain related articles and found a pdf that was written for village based poultry production systems in "foreign countries." (I was looking originally for information about chickens and moss. Do chickens eat moss? I didn't find anything.)

There were 6 chapters and I didn't read them all, but I enjoyed looking at the illustrations in Chapter 2 - Housing(if you want to get to the other chapters change the number after "chapter" in the URL.)

I thought the way they made nest boxes by stacking bricks and laying boards across was pretty neat. And the basket nest in a branch stuck in the ground was inventive. I like the whole idea of taking what is available and making it work.

And adding sand to a basket to keep it from tipping over was another good idea. Much better than my idea of nailing the basket to the wall. Cute drawings.

Kristine left for work early today so she would have time to stop and buy Morgan a new bed. Poor Morgan has been unhappy with her old bed and has abandoned it for the rug or floor. Hope she like the new bed.

(February 26, 2009)
Wow! 9 eggs!
I'm not washing the eggs now until I use them.

[3 eggs today]
I guess the girls are getting old.



Missy AKA Little Messy Missy said...

Those trees are beautiful! I was looking for gnomes or fairy houses!!!

Jennifer said...

The Tree pics are Beautiful... your land is Beautiful, love the woodsiness

diane said...

I love the moss on the tree trunks it looks like the enchanted forest. We are having rain toobut it is warm and I like it for the garden and it cools us down a little. It is pouring in Belgium too according to blogger Gattina.

JoyceAnn said...

Hi Callie ~ The trees look beautiful with their moss covering , makes the forrest look enchanting.
Enjoyed the link and the basket nest. I got so excited yesterday afternoon , went to gather the eggs and I had my first blue/green egg in the nest.

~ Many Blessings ~

Melodie said...

You are right,the moss does brighten the winter forest!It is beautiful!

Kateri said...

That is a beautiful forest! Love the mossy tree trunks.

Lucy said...

We're getting what's left of your rain today. Usually I love it...and I still do. I just wish the leak in my roof was fixed. :(

Toni aka irishlas said...

I agree - the moss on the trees is beautiful! I love the woods and all it smells..

Jeri Landers said...

I love these nesting ideas, I am going to do my own version of the shelves and bricks, with little baskets inside each one.

John Gray said...

the moss makes the trees ever so slightly creepy

Gus, Louie and Callie said...

Morgan we know you hate the rain and having to stay inside but look what beautiful trees it makes.. Those pictures are way to cool mom.
Keep your research going on nests, you have found some pretty cool ideas.

Big Sloppy Kisses
Gus, Louie and Callie