Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Chickens, Paint and Fresh Garden Vegetables

This morning I was in the chicken coop collecting eggs when I heard the little fence fall over. I spun around and there was the fence on the ground with a buff orpington struggling between the slats trying to free herself from the evil fence. Before I could reach the buff she had freed herself and scurried off under the trees.

Who ever locked up the chickens the night before had unhooked the fence (I had put up a hook so it couldn't fall over again) and leaned it against the straw bale. The fence is in front of the door during the day to keep Morgan out of the coop and chicken pen so she doesn't eat the chicken feed. Morgan loves chicken feed. The buff must have gone behind the fence to scratch at the straw and then got caught  and whoosh, bam, almost smashed chicken.

The first time the fence fell it was a wyandotte that almost got flattened. Kristine came to the rescue that time. She said the comb and wattles were turning blue. It's hard to believe that a chicken can push the fence over when they go through the opening between the slats. I guess I am going to have to put up a hook on the outside of the coop to hook the fence on when the door is shut.

I finally decided what I'm going to do about the painting project I'm supposed to be working on instead of finding other things to do like fixing the couch. I'm going to be brave and pour all this paint in a big bucket, mix it up and paint the walls with what ever color results. I hope there will be enough paint. Yes, that is a worry. I suppose the color could be a worry too. I love the screw off tops on these paint containers. I mixed two of the colors together and the color was not too bad. Tomorrow, the painting begins. I hope.



Kristine brought home bags of fresh vegetables picked today from local gardens. She was gifted with this wonderful produce. We enjoyed fresh green beans for dinner and I sliced up the cucumbers and mixed them with wine vinegar, olive oil and a bit of salt.

I hope next year we will have a garden and produce that we can share.



Peek at the Past
(August 4, 2009)

[5 eggs today]

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16 comments:

diane said...

Nothing beats fresh vegies and free too. Sounds like you nearly had squashed chicken for dinner.

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

Hi Callie!! I'm still trying to get caught up after being gone for a few days and have enjoyed catching up on your news. I'm glad the chicken was okay! And I don't know how you do all that you do and blog at the same time! I guess I'm just a terrible manager of my time!
I hope the painting goes well and your "custom color" is enough to cover everything!
I also love being the recipient of veggies. I've also decided that it's good to support the local farmers instead of having my own garden--At least that's what I'm going with this year--The one farmer I've been buying from is only charging .75 cents a pound for tomatoes, etc., which I think (and hope) is pretty cheap...

lisa said...

Thats the way to get some good fresh veggies, nice daughter!!!

LindaG said...

I know what you mean about painting. Sometimes it just depresses me. But it needs to be done. Doesn't mean I can't find something else to do though. ;)

Good luck!

I don't think I've ever seen a paint can with a screw on lid. Definitely neat. :)

Chicken Boys said...

Poor little chickens. They're just being curious. Wow about the paint. That sounds like a cool idea. We're thinking of painting the living room. We have chair rail, so we might paint the bottom part of the wall a little darker color. Fresh veggies are great aren't they? My garden (which I love) is such a pain. It's easy for the first couple of months, but by the end of June, early July, I don't have the time to deal with the weeds and grasses. It's all grown up now, weeds are nearly 3 feet tall. I usually give up on it all.
~Randy

Jody Blue said...

I love it when people share their produce.Our garden is not having a high production year. We do have some green beans, I canned 4 quarts of dilly beans.

Becky's Barnyard said...

It is amazing what chickens and dogs can get into. Hope your painting comes out alright.

Leigh said...

I love the paint color and I completely agree with you on the screw top lids.

Amy said...

poor little chickens...they get up to all sorts!!

love the colour of the paint! xxx

Gus, Louie and Callie said...

Sure glad that chicken is ok...
Good luck with your paint. It does sound interesting...
mmmm fresh produce.. The cucumbers look so yummy and the mators.. Mom likes cutting up both of those and putting some Italian dressing on them.. Mmmm


Big Sloppy Kisses
Gus, Louie and Callie

Canyon Girl said...

I'm glad the chicken was OK! What a lovely bunch of veggies! I know you enjoyed them.--Inger

Jabacue said...

The veggies sound great...ever tried a Balsamic vinegar? So good with olive oil. Sometimes we make a 'hodge-podge' with fresh (slightly cooked) veggies and mix it all up with a little cream! Either way, don't you love this time of year!
Jim

edenhills said...

Poor chickie! Glad she wasn't hurt (other than her chicken pride). There is nothing like fresh veggies for dinner!

Teresa

Little Messy Missy said...

Happy painting!

Jennifer said...

Hope you get to have a garden next year too :)

John Gray jgsheffield@hotmail.com said...

I love catching up with your normality and daily news......