A Plethora of Poppies

I could use the term  Prolific  to describe the snow that keeps falling from the sky…in April… in Michigan.  But, I am sure my family and friends are becoming tired of my whining and ranting about Mother Nature and her feisty sense of humor.  A thought… maybe Jack Frost kidnapped Mother Nature and is holding her hostage, while his snow machine just keeps on churning!.  In any case, I am determined to not let the weather get the best of my sunny self!

Being the visual person that I am, I have decided that this photo is what I will think about until the weather improves.  This is my happy place!  Green…so much green.  And, look at those outstanding blooms!   When I feel the grumpies coming on, I will close my eyes and imagine myself under this tree, with the sun shining brightly, being surrounded by poppies.  If I am lucky, the Tin Man and Toto might even join me!

“Somewhere over the rainbow skies are blue and the dreams that you dare to dream really do come true.” ~Wizard of Oz

Love Yourself…Embrace Yourself…Just Be You…

♥Roda

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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

 

Roda’s Critter Connection

I have been on a very serious hunt for Spring!  It is April, right?  Yet, we had an ice storm this weekend and the kids have a snow day today!  A snow day…in April!  Are you kidding me?!  I did notice this adorable lady bird, crawling around on my rosemary plants.  At least the critters are waking up and finding their way inside!  (Insert eye roll!)

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Grab your camera and share your favorite critter!

Happy Spring…I think!

Love Yourself…Embrace Yourself…Just Be You…

♥Roda