Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Nesting

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As I expected, the girls were a little leery of the nest boxes at first.

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But, without other options, what’s a girl to do?

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Sara Lynn and I have been on egg patrol for the past few days.

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Our hen house is separated into two spaces. One space is for the girls and the other space is for their supplies.

We have this handy-dandy door for making our egg checks. It’s not fancy, but it works. And our shoes stay clean.

And Mama stays happy.

There’s also a full-sized door for those times when we need to get in there and clean things out.

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Both spaces in the hen house have a skylight... I think I could live here. Really, I do.

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A nice popcorn tree provides shade during the heat of the day. In a few weeks, that tree will be gorgeous all aflame with the brilliant colors of autumn. Our entire property is studded with these trees… I can hardly wait! This is my absolute favorite time of year.

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Did I mention that the girls figured things out?

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I think I’ll do some baking today.

9 comments:

Maura @ Lilac Lane Cottage said...

Yeay...CONGRATULATIONS Melissa! Isn't it a wonderful feeling when you get eggs for the first time (in the right place). I agree with you...a person could live in that wonderful hen house with the skylight and all that straw...very cozy indeed. Enjoy your new home grown fresh eggs...your hubby and kids will LOVE you (and the chickens) for them! Have a great day...Maura :)

Berit said...

Ooh, how delicious! I'd scramble or boil them, myself. :D

Melissa @ Sweet Homestead Alabama said...

Maura, this is exciting for all of us! This little homestead is such a blessing. There is no better life than the farm life, IMHO.

Berit, there will definitely be scrambled eggs in the morning! We should have just enough when I collect tomorrow morning's eggs. : )

Diane@Peaceful Acres said...

I discovered that my hens love a fresh nest. But heck who doesn't love clean sheets!!!!!

Diane@Peaceful Acres said...

I discovered that my hens love a fresh nest. But heck who doesn't love clean sheets!!!!!

Melissa @ Sweet Homestead Alabama said...

Diane, there's nothing better than crawling into freshly laundered sheets! I've also been giving the girls fresh straw.

carol at home said...

Lovely well thought out hen house and I'm sure those eggs were lovely too.

Sue said...

good to see they have figured it out. Baking is on the cards for me tomorrow too.

Melissa @ Sweet Homestead Alabama said...

Carol, I'm so glad you stopped by! We love our little hen house. And the eggs are simply delicious.

Sue, I love baking day... and no one around here minds having fresh baked goods to snack on. Enjoy your day!