Egg-cellent!

As many of you know, I have a bit of a chicken and duck addiction. With over 31 ducks and 100+ laying hens, our collection keeps growing.  Due to this, the building of a new chicken barn will begin in just a few weeks (if the snow ever melts!).  To add to the excitement, we finally purchased an incubator!  WOOHOO!!   We decided to test it out and see just how busy Roo has been with the ladies. Keep in mind, we currently have only one rooster, and he is at the bottom of the pecking order. He walks with a limp, due to the ladies beating up on him. There are a few girls that don’t mind Roo’s presence. Plus, he does step in and break up the girl fights, when needed.

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Meet Roo, our stud muffin!

Roo is a Rhode Island Red and seems to have taken a liking to our Easter Egger hens.  I was excited to think about the outcome of crossing these two breeds  So, we collected 7 eggs and put them in the incubator.  On day 7, we candled the eggs to check for life…5 out of 7 of the eggs had been fertilized and had viable embryos.  (Good job, Roo!) On day 21, our 5 chicks will hopefully hatch.

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This is a 7 day old embryo: Feathers are beginning to form on the tail and thighs; toes lengthen; the comb begins to grow; the egg tooth begins to form; the eye is highly visible.

I have been dreaming of starting a breeding program, since we built the horse barn.  Since Wifey is not buying into the idea of breeding mini donkeys…YET…I will have to settle on chickens and ducks, for now!

My goal was to focus on a specific breed, but making that decision seemed challenging.  How does one choose?  Well, when it came down to it, there was really only one choice… Polish!  I am so in love with this whimsical and quirky breed!

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The Stunning Ms. Flow

 

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The Marvelous Ms. Mavis

So, in just a few weeks, our polish breeding stock will arrive! We have been busy setting up new homes for our Roos, as well as a very special breeding run, aka “The Love Shack”.  Flow and Mavis might even enjoy a special date at “The Love Shack”, in the Fall.

Over all, Indigo Acres is a very busy place right now!  If only Mother Nature would stop the wind, snow and ice, we could finally begin SPRING!

Watch for more chick updates to come!

  Life on the farm is truly Egg-cellent!

Love Yourself…Embrace Yourself…Just Be You…

♥Roda

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My sweet Comet

 

Be Still…Final Post

Each Sunday, for the past year, I have written a post titled “Be Still”.  It is so important to slow down and JUST BE.  I feel passionate about living in the moment, breathing the fresh air of Mother Nature and just BEING STILL.

With that being said, I will no longer be posting on the weekend.  I am going to take my own advice and unplug!  After reaching my personal goal of writing daily, for the past year, I am giving myself permission to JUST BE. 

Has this decision been difficult for me? YES!  I admit that I am an all or nothing person. I give everything I do 110%.  But, finding balance and a middle ground is a great challenge for me. With Spring right around the corner, my nature photography will be knocking at my door and I will be answering that call!  I also have some wonderful photography and art projects currently unfolding, which I am so excited about!

I remind myself of a quote, by Clinton Kelly, that has saved me numerous times…

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I think those are pretty powerful words!  Read it…say it out loud…live it!

Have a fabulous weekend! See You Monday!

Love Yourself…Embrace Yourself…Just Be You…

♥Roda

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No Talkie Before Coffee

There is a rule in our home that is very simple: No Talkie Before Coffee.  As you may have guessed, I did not make this rule up.   Here are just a few reasons why…

  1. I do not like coffee. It simply tastes like bitter dirt!
  2. I so love mornings.
  3. I enjoy communicating, any time of day.

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Although, I will never understand the coffee world, I do respect it.  I choose my battles wisely and abide by this law of the land, to the best of my ability. I am human and can’t be perfect all of the time…but only a few words will spill, I promise.

I am envious of those people who love their alone time and can easily survive by speaking only 1,000  miniscule words a day, MAX!  These individuals are truly gifted! When I try to not speak, I find the words just spill over, like balls at a batting cage, leaving the poor soul listening left to decipher my pile of “word spaghetti”. UGH!

To top it off, I have been told my entire life that I was too emotional.  Trust me, if there is a secret guidebook that spells out the step-by-step process on how to not FEEL life so deeply and differently than most, please let me know!  I am happy to send you a self-addressed stamped envelope to overnight it to me.

Although, I have learned to embrace who I am, I still wish a magical light switch existed to turn my emotions and words off for just a bit. (How about a dimmer switch…even that would help!)  But, I know me…

I share everything I feel.

I laugh as much as I cry.

Maybe it is just because I am paying such close attention to life…

Love Yourself…Embrace Yourself…Just Be You…

Roda

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