A strange and exciting week for sure. I've been going on and on about my dream to downsize and simplify my lifestyle and this week has brought those dreams more into focus. Energy follows attention sayeth my yoga teacher. So it should be no surprize really how recent events just seem to be begging Jerry and I to take a leap of faith.
In Colorado you can't have a well on less than 35 acres unless it was parceled out a long time ago. We really like the area of Colorado we live in and would like to stay here but finding a bit of land with a good well is very difficult. We looked at an acre with a modular on it a couple of days ago in which the well was shared communally by four others and was known to go dry in late summer. There was even a covenant that prohibited chickens which is ridiculous. Rural Colorado chicken banning? Then there is that piece of property up the road that I spoke of in my last post. The owner is a doctor who fancies himself a land baron around these parts and he's buying properties right and left. He's rather interested in a trade, however, no terms of the trade have been spoken yet. If we could get his parcel free and clear.....!
Well, life does go on despite all the uncertainty and excitement (translation - "anxiety"). We have Spring barn kitties again
And, the chickie doodles were picked up from the feed store yesterday after work. There are eight Buff Orpingtons and four Rhoade Island Reds pullets. They'll live in this kiddie pool (actually one kiddie pool duct taped onto another which had it's bottom cut out) until they start jumping out in about a month or so. Then they'll join the Big Girls in the chicken coop.
We mix "Quik Chix" into the water for a couple of weeks and it really is just more of a pale yellow than that weird dayglo green the flash picked up. Quik Chix is a vitamin and electrolyte powder that prevents shipping stress and that evil known as "pasty butt" in hatchlings. In all the years that we've raised up chicks we've only had one die using Quik Chix. We use a red heat lamp to keep them warm and calm and raise it by increments as the weather warms up and they grow true feathers.