Posts Tagged ‘backyard’

D7000 Video: Chookens vs. Cat

This was the first day our chooks went exploring outside their pen (another story about it here) and you can see how one of our cats handled it. Our other cat was nowhere to be seen.

I made this video yesterday using my Nikon D7000 and Nikkor 28-300mm VR lens. You can change the quality of the video on the bottom right side of the video screen where it says 360p.

Music: “Rain” by Alison Krauss and Union Station.

Fencing in the Free Rangers

Surprise!!  Another chook post!

Yesterday we spent the day outdoors in our backyard, enjoying the beautiful sunshine! I dug holes and planted trees, and hubby put up a chicken-wire fence so our chooks wouldn’t escape. Yesterday was also the day that we introduced our girls to ‘free range’!

The first thing I had to do was clip their wings. I got onto YouTube and watched an array of videos on how to do it and it wasn’t as hard as I thought.

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It actually took 5 seconds to do both birds. This stops them from flying over the fence onto the street or into our neighbours yards. Once I got it into my head that the chooks couldn’t feel a thing and that it was like cutting our hair or nails, I felt like a farming pro.  They didn’t even flinch.

We have been keeping the girls in their pen for a week so they could get used to their new environment. We will lock them up at night and let them out during the day. I am still deciding whether this is a good idea while we are at work??? Any thoughts? We are total chook novices!

Here are some photos from yesterday:

Hubby's handiwork on the chook fence.

The other side.

The moment of escape.

Our ‘The Girls’

We picked up our new girls the weekend just gone. We were going to name them Sheryl and Beryl (and Meryl if we got a third) but they are now just going to be referred to as ‘the girls’.

I read on a blog a few weeks ago: “I started off calling our chickens names that went through the alphabet but once we got to Tess it began to get a little depressing.” Perhaps I am being a bit pessimistic, but that sounds like a plan – ‘the girls’. I am not good with things dying (not that it happens very often…promise!).

We collected our girls from a place that I expected to be murdered at and brought them back to their new home…our home. They are only four months old and should be laying delicious eggs when they turn six months old. In the meantime, we are just going to enjoy the ‘chick chick’ sound they make. At feeding time in our house you will now hear “Kirk, Kirk, Kirk”, followed by “Puss, Puss, Puss”, and a “Chook, Chook, Chook” to finish it off. Thank goodness we don’t have a pet bee or horse or turtle.

We ended up deciding on the chook breed of Australorps as they are friendly, perfect for the Queensland weather, excellent layers, recommended by Kirk’s dad who knows a lot about chooks, and they are cute. That last point is very important. While looking over my shoulder to make sure I wasn’t going to be hacked into little pieces, I saw ‘the girls’ parents in a pen next to where our two girls lived and they are stunning!  They are actually show chooks, so we may have some real beauties on our hands. Already they are beautiful in my eyes.

We only got two chooks for now and will expand our ‘farm’ with two more in a few months. Hopefully that will take us to four alive chooks in total. Wish me luck.

Vegie Patch

These holidays we went to work on a vegie patch.  Winter is usually not the best time to plant, but with our Sunshine Coast climate and the little gizmo my husband is in the process of creating, our vegies will be more than comfortable.

The start of something good....The shade cloth not done yet...photos to come.

We bought some more wooden boxes from Bunnings and wacked them together.  Hubby then made a lovely wooden frame for the shade cloth to go over. We layered the bottom of the boxes with thick newspaper, then good quality compost soil and 5 in 1 fertiliser. Beautiful!

The three stages - planting, soil, newspaper

From another angle

Old newspaper - good old PM Johnny Howard

This time we have planted – carrots, celery, broccoli, garlic, honey sweet peas, marigolds (to keep the insects away) and kale.

My garlics up close

Lovely vegies

In a separate area of the garden we are planting tomatoes, zucchini, spring onion and capsicum. They are larger plants so they get to be free in the garden.