As we go into the New Year, it’s nice to remember what’s occurred over the past year:
- Surprising many who thought I had no technical computer ability, I created Better Hens and Gardens to share back-to-basics information on food, sustainability, and self reliance. Randy put up a chicken cam, and I added that link to the blog so we could watch the chickens. Surprising me, blog readership grew:
- We learned a painful lesson about the need to quarantine new birds before adding them to a flock (see Painful Chicken Lesson), and eventually had to cull our original flock of chickens. Despite the painful lesson, we missed the chickens and decided to start again.
- For new chickens, we decided on a dual-purpose, heritage breed – Buckeyes; and ordered twenty-five day-old chicks in the spring. Because of hatching difficulties and summer heat, the chicks didn’t arrive until mid-August.
- Instead of keeping the chickens in the barn (where they make everything very dusty), we bought a chicken coop (See New Chicken Coop). We were thrilled with the six Red Comet baby girls that came with the coop. They grew into beautiful hens that give us an egg a day.
- The property was named Bramblestone Farm and incorporated as a Limited Liability Company.
- We vacationed with our friends Dave and Doris at the Grand Canyon – the scenery was awesome and we had a great time.
- Deer decimated the garden and we decided to get Nigerian Dwarf goats; so the garden and approximately four acres were fenced. After fencing, the garden recovered enough to give us lots of corn, potatoes, tomatoes, and zucchini.
- Two Dwarf Nigerian goats (Bit ‘O’ Honey and Tinker Bell) joined us on Bramblestone Farm (The Goats Are Here); and we fell in love with them.
- Thirty day-old Buckeye chicks arrived (Baby Buckeyes Are Here); we lost two almost immediately, but the rest thrived. They’re now twenty weeks old; and are the most friendly and inquisitive chickens we’ve ever had.
- Many family members visited us throughout the year and met the new additions to the farm.
- Randy went deer hunting with his crossbow, and was successful – there’s venison meat in the freezer.
- An electric E-Z-GO cart arrived for Christmas.
We’ve come a long way with in the past year, and I hope we enjoy another happy, healthy, productive year together again in 2011!