Monday, August 24, 2015

Our new chicks

We now have seven new baby chicks. They are Silver Lace Wyandottes. We have one rooster and six hens we hope. They hatched August 17th. They were shipped in the mail and arrived August 19th. AMAZING! They are a week old and so far all seven are doing great. They're so cute! See pictures down below.

Box that chicks came in.
Seven chicks in a tub

Chicks eating boiled egg

Smile! It's your close-up!

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Moving our new chicken coop!

     Our friend Josh, who also teaches all three of us the guitar, needed to sell his chicken coop. So we bought it! Then we had to move it! It sounds easy, but it's really not! Daddy had to rent a trailer because our trailer was too small. Daddy hatched a brilliant plan he used a high-lift jack, a come-along, a pulley, and PVC pipe as rollers plus lots of pushing from Mama, Josh, and me also some pulling from Daddy. Finally, we got it loaded on the trailer. We slowly made our way on curvy mountain roads to our new farm. The farm house finally came into view. Grand looked out the kitchen window and started laughing because it looked like there was a chicken coop coming down the road because she couldn't see the truck. Finally, Dawson, Daddy and I got it unloaded. Soon we will have a place for the newest arrivals to the farm. See pictures below
The chicken coop arrives at the farm!

Ready to unload

Foundation blocks first


Look Out! Don't smash Mama!

Safely unloaded

What a beautiful spot. Lucky chickens.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

The search is over!!!

     Guess what?!!! Sweet Summer Farm has finally become a reality! We closed on it Monday, August 3rd, and celebrated with cake. We have now bought a farm that is 6.9 acres, half pasture half woods. It has a two sheds, an old barn, and an Appalachian farmhouse that is about 100 years old. It also has a beautiful creek that runs through the property. We have already ordered chickens.  We got six hens and one rooster they are all Silver Lace Wyandottes. They have a beautiful design on their feathers and they lay the same eggs as Buff Orpingtons. We have three Buff Orpingtons (Our Three Girls) and we love their eggs. I am really excited to try this new breed of chickens. We have also bought six blueberry plants, four raspberry plants, one pear tree, and lots of flowers. I still can't believe we have a farm! Oh, we'll have to get to work. See you later!
The 100-year-old farmhouse

Two large rock steps going up to the deck.

A side view of the farmhouse

The old hill barn on the property
The two sheds mentioned above

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

4-H Cupcake Wars

    I'm in the 4-H and they have a Summer Relief Program. One of the lessons was 4-H Cupcake Wars. We were divided into eight teams, two people on each team. I was on a team with a friend named Brianna. We thought up the theme The 4 Seasons. We decorated five cupcakes, one for Winter, Fall, Spring, Summer, and one that said The 4 Seasons. Then, we gave a small speech to the four guest judges. Out of the eight teams, Brianna and I won the second place! We each got a big box of candy. See our prize-winning cupcakes down below!