Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Our First Egg!

This egg came from the younger group - which puzzled us - we thought the older group would be the first to lay an egg! Once egg production begins, we are suppose to get one egg a day from the hens that are laying. We'll see....

Monday, April 28, 2008

We Caught a Bird!

I'm guessing this baby dove had just fledged from the nest when my excited little boys came up on him. They were very pleased with their netting skills!

I'm happy to report that when they returned the dove to the field that he "flew, and flew, and flew"!

Monday, April 21, 2008

Boys, golf clubs, and staples! Oh My!

Jacob is very proud of these four staples. The gash is about an inch long, maybe a bit more, and on the back of his head. The quote of the day is "I'm glad I'm okay, and I'm never playing real golf again!"

Joshua, Jonathan and Joseph all agreed!

But let all who take refuge in you be glad;
let them ever sing for joy.
Spread your protection over them,
that those who love your name may rejoice in you.
Psalm 5:11

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

He is not here!

"He is not here; he has risen, just as he said." Matthew 28:6

We had a terrific time celebrating Resurrection Day with our church family and then with our families in Bay Minette!

Here's a photo with Ma and Big Daddy....

Granny and Grandaddy...

and finally the family photo...

Happy Birthday Granny!

Yep, the birthday was in March and I am just now getting the photo up. We had a great time visiting and eating!

Monday, April 7, 2008

Chicken Houses...revisited!

I haven't had a chance to post the chicken house photos so I'm going to try to do a complete update in this post...

I made a visit to the houses in January when they were all set up and ready for the chicks to arrive (44,000 x 4 houses!). This is a photo of house #2 - empty.

The chicks arrived the next day. Ronnie and his son , Ron are "helping" them become acquainted with their new home.

So cute!

They are a mixture of the Cobb and Ross breeds.

I didn't get a chance to visit until about 4 weeks later. Notice the "bio-security" - I have on my plastic disposable boots and yes, I stepped into the pool of sanitizing chemicals! Those chickens weren't going to catch any diseases from me (can you imagine my guilt if I stepped into a chicken house and caused 40,000+ chickens to die?)!

They were about half grown when I visited. It was something to behold-all those chickens in one place! Pretty incredible!

At about 9 weeks the guys corralled them and loaded them on the trucks.

...and off they go! If I remember right, it took around 6 trucks per house to send the chickens on their way.

After the chickens leave the houses, clean-up and preparation begins for the next batch of chicks. The following photo is of a huge pile of pine shavings that will be placed on the floor of the houses. You will also see the incinerators next to the pile of shavings - I'll let you figure out why they are there....

This next photo is of the stack shed. Can you guess what the pile behind Joseph is? Yep, chicken poop - except when you are in the poultry industry it is called "litter". So, Joseph is standing in front of a large pile of chicken litter (and yes, he is barefoot - sigh). With each clean up, there will be enough litter gathered, from the four houses, to fertilize approximately 100 acres of pasture.

Ronnnie and Margaret are currently taking care of their second batch of 44,000 x 4 houses. Now, the next photo is not for those who are "faint of heart". It is "my" favorite chicken from the first batch...