Today marks my 35th Mother’s Day. Eldest was born a few short weeks after Mother’s Day in 1980. Daughter followed in 1982 and youngest son in 1987. They are wonderful children and great parents themselves. Today would also be my Mother-in-Law’s 100 birthday. She has been gone almost two decades. Hubby and I have both lost both parents, but have been given 5 grandchildren to love.
This week was rainy and other than a single day in the garden, weeding where I need to plant the tomatoes and peppers, not much has been done outdoors.
You can see to the right of the poles, the heavy cover of Lamb’s Quarters that I am removing. I did get some weeding done in areas that are already planted, but I am just not motivated to get much done out there this year.
Yesterday, I realized one of the hens had gone broody and was firmly planted on half of the eggs laid yesterday and very resistant to leave them. I had not finished what I needed to do on Huck’s brooder coop.
I had stapled plastic up to the sides, but the wind had taken most of it down and I had not dealt with brooder boxes. Today, Jim and I went to Lowe’s after he took me out to a nice lunch and bought 3 two gallon buckets with lids. I cut out the lids to make hen size openings, leaving a lip to help hold in the hay and eggs, later chicks. They have been secured together and placed in the coop with food and water, a short cedar tree trunk wedged in as a ramp out of the coop for the hen to be able to leave during the day to relieve herself. The plastic was again secured to the sides, and the inside of the coop layered in another deep layer of hay and she and 10 eggs were moved. So far, she is very agitated and has not returned to the eggs.
She is perched up in the top of the coop squawking. Maybe, I should remove the eggs, leave her in there to create her own nest of them and see how it goes. For now, I am leaving her alone and hoping that she finds the nest and eggs soon. It is warm today, but not warm enough to keep them viable for long. If she has gone broody, it won’t be long before another does as well and if she has company in the brooder coop, she may be less agitated. Last year, we didn’t try to move them until the babies hatched and the brooder coop was not secure enough to protect the babies. We hatched 50, raised 5 and only have 1 left between wild predators, a neighbor’s dog, and ending up with the last two being roos and having to kill one of them because they were fighting. I really don’t want to raise meat chickens in a brooder box until they are old enough to be outdoors, I want these hens to raise them for us.
Tomorrow is supposed to be cooler and dry so I will finally plant the starts, the adage of don’t plant tomatoes until Mother’s Day will be fulfilled. If I can get that area weed free, the starts planted and mulched, perhaps I can get some of the other seed in the beds. I still haven’t even thought about planting the deck pots with herbs and flowers yet. It is going to be summer and I am going to still be planning.
Yesterday was a great day for gardening, but I did a craft show indoors. It wasn’t a huge success, but I did make my registration, recover the cost of the item I donated for the raffle and came home with a little cash. Surprisingly, more than 80% of my sales were knit wear and yarn, not soap, lotion bars, and salves.