Our Little Homestead

I really am grateful for our little homestead in the middle of suburbia. Today has been a warmer day so outside we went to do some work on the chicken coop. The young chickens have grown now so we thought it was a good time to integrate them among the older girls who live in the main chicken house. We opened the fence, took out the small wooden house and moved it away to the wall and now the little chickens live in the main chicken house too. We decided the smaller house can be an egg laying spot out in the garden for them…
 

The Violets are here… I love them…

Last week we noticed our number of eggs per day were down, on closer inspection of our grounds, we found a nest behind our water storage tank with 10 eggs in it. I found this one there the other day… They really are free range birds…

This is our porcupine aloe in flower…

Kye is watching the girls scratching around the spot where the small chicken house used to be.

One of our hens laying next to the egg laying box:) She is trying to figure out what I am doing with my camera. Look how she has turned her head:)

Walked down to our veggie garden and picked some fresh leeks for leek and potato soup for lunch today.

And Charlie overseeing all the goings on around the homestead…
xo
Linda

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13 Responses to Our Little Homestead

  1. Tania August 3, 2011 at 3:14 pm #

    I’m not sure I would be very co-operative if I was a chook, either. I’m always doing stuff I probably shouldn’t and, well, that spot NEXT to the egg laying box does look all sorts of cosy.

  2. no spring chicken August 3, 2011 at 4:26 pm #

    What a productive day! I love that first shot of the chickens.. fabulous!!

    Blessings, Debbie

  3. Emma, Jon, Nicola, Josie and Danica August 3, 2011 at 6:44 pm #

    fantastic, I always fancied chickens and your house and garden look so idealic :)

  4. Julie August 3, 2011 at 7:29 pm #

    Our ducks are always hiding their eggs, though, there is no drake around to fertilize them. We haven’t had a duck egg in so long and their naughty behaviour is rubbing off on the chickens.

  5. Catherine August 3, 2011 at 9:06 pm #

    What a darling post. I like our little landholding in the middle of suburbia also ::)) ours is 1/8th acre or just under 800 sq mtrs – how big is yours?
    We have 5 hens and a veggie garden and fruit trees, etc . . . . I’ve used the space as wisely as I can but am sure I can get more in LOL.
    There is something really lovely about seeing children with hens/chickens and sending them out to collect eggs.
    I’m really loving your blog (especially since we share seasons)
    Love n Light
    Cat

  6. Donna August 3, 2011 at 9:54 pm #

    What pretty happy plates you have. And what a satisfied kitty! We are having a cool and rainy day here today…potato soup sounds yummy.

  7. charlotte August 3, 2011 at 10:13 pm #

    an aloe flower, just lovely!

  8. JenMun(a) August 3, 2011 at 11:41 pm #

    such lovely photos Linda! I love your little homestead, this is indeed what I wish for me and my family..god willing…
    JenMuna
    @Charlie really looks like he enjoys the first warm sunny days;)

  9. verdemama August 4, 2011 at 3:44 am #

    We just brought our first ever chickens to their coop for the first time today. We thought we had 26, but had never properly counted and apparently we had an extra. We haven’t put up a proper run for them yet so they are completely free range. I hope they don’t get themselves lost. Yours look like beauties :)

  10. Linda August 4, 2011 at 7:16 am #

    Dear Cat,
    I love chickens, they are such amazing little creatures. To answer your question, our property is 3800 sq metres, I think that is an acre? I have fruit trees, veggies, but we have also started planting veggies and fruit trees amongst the other flowers and plants. Works well with the companion planting:)
    Thank you so much for visiting my blog.
    Warmly
    Linda

    Dear Verdemama,
    Oh, you are going to LOVE having chickens! They are wonderful, enjoy them:)
    Take care
    Linda

  11. Kelly August 4, 2011 at 9:36 am #

    And what a wonderful homestead you have, my friend. I love that aloe and your chickens. Wishing you a happy day today.

  12. Baa-Me Kniits August 4, 2011 at 2:14 pm #

    Your chickens are gorgeous, love that last photo :-)

  13. Moogie August 4, 2011 at 11:14 pm #

    Such healthy looking girls you have there. And such a neat and tidy coop.
    The picture of Kye in the coop is adorable!
    x

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