Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Happy Face!

Does this guy brighten your day or what? 

Granddog Shiner was glad to see me this afternoon. 

I was bringing Valentine treats to son Jim's family. 

I should have made some doggy valentines for Shiner and Jester. 


I cut up an old kitchen towel to make curtains on two of the nest boxes.  I'm curious to see if the hens like the darkness well enough that they use these boxes regularly.  Several hens have been laying in them, but I think the darkness will really attract them.  If it works, curtains are going up on the other second and top row boxes. 


As you can see, the hens in the henspa yard are very, very happy.  I throw some corn out for them every other day, and it keeps them scratching at the ground, which is also getting lots of straw thrown on it.  At some point, that straw will go on garden beds, and we'll start all over again. 


Anyone remember this good magazine?  Mary Engelbreit published it for just a few years.  I've been cleaning, cleaning, cleaning, and I'm getting rid of lots of old magazines.  This one did not last long, which was a pity... it was a good one. 

This elderly white hen is still laying... and she was REALLY impatient with the black hen you can hardly see, to take her place in our nursing cage in the old henhouse.  The hens love to lay in it. 


Unfortunately, our big red boy has been sick for two weeks.  We have been dosing him daily, but it is not helping... tomorrow I'm biting the bullet and ordering expensive Tylan powder and we're going to get him cured.  (we hope).   We would really, really hate to lose this beautiful bird.  Rosie, behind him, seems to be doing fine. 



Sometimes Abs gets worn out following me back and forth! 

That's it for today from Calamity Acres! 



29 comments:

  1. I LOVE Mary Engelbreit's art! I didn't know she ever produced a magazine; if you have one of those you were going to toss, I'd love to see it just because.

    Love Shiner's happy mug, too. :-)

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  2. I think I've read that the towels will be especially helpful if you want any hens to go broody.

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  3. I saw your link on the blog hop and find a fellow poultry lover. Aren't our chickens & turkeys amazing? They sure make me smile and are very entertaining. I hope your turkey does well with his treatment.

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  4. I saw your link on the blog hop and find a fellow poultry lover. Aren't our chickens & turkeys amazing? They sure make me smile and are very entertaining. I hope your turkey does well with his treatment.

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  5. Oh Abs is adorable. I love all your chickens and what a great idea with the towels. Take care I hope Big Red is feeling better soon. Popping over from Valentine Blog Hop. B

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  6. Happy Love Day Mary Ann , love that face, made my morning.....sweet pancakes to, yum yum.......I loved that magazine too, was great.....Enjoy the day, Francine.

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  7. I used to read the Home Companion too. I always loved it when I'd get a new issue in the mail. I don't subscribe to any at all now. I would tend to let them stack up and I don't want that to happen anymore. It took me hours and hours sorting through old issues last summer but I'm finally rid of them. I tore out and saved anything interesting and threw the rest away. Hope you have a very Happy Valentines Day!

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  8. What a sweet mug! Found you on the valentine blog hop -your blog has quite the catchy title ;) have a great day!

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  9. I love the chickens.
    I am stopping by after finding you on the Valentine Bog Hop!
    Enjoy your day!

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  10. Abs is such a sweetie. Get well soon Jackson.

    Happy V'day.

    I love bully's!

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  11. Hope Big Red Boy feels better soon! Have a wonderful Valentine's Day!!

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  12. What a cute dog! Definitely makes me smile :) And I love all your chickens! We have chickens as well and I love them. Neat idea on the nest box curtains!

    Visiting from the BMB party :)
    Tammy
    ourneckofthewoods.net

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  13. Ummm cookies and nap....what a great day....did you sew the curtains or staple them like my mom does?
    stella rose

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  14. I wish I had saved my old Home Companions. I did tear out some pages that I still have. I hope your pretty red turkey can be cured, he's worth trying the expensive stuff. And please give a Valentine's kiss to Abbie for me and squeeze those short cute legs. And a hug to Shiner when you see him next. He is adorable too.

    Happy Valentine's Day, Mary Ann! Glad to see sunshine there.
    Dewena

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  15. Hi Mary Ann, all these cozy pictures warm my heart and bring a smile on my face! The first one of your cute dog is absolutely fabulous ... Such a great companion he must be to the family! Your son is lucky to have such a caring mom - he and his family must be so happy for your visit and the sweet cookies! I wield could have hen - chicken one day :) I'm visiting you from the BMB, your new follower Nina

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  16. I just LOVE that happy face! Happy Valentines Day. Thanks for participating in the Boost My Blog hop today :-)

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  17. OMG! I love the happy face, he makes me smile!!! Thanks for sharing. I just hopped over from the Valentines BMB party! Thanks for participating! Enjoy your day - those cookies look divine!

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  18. hey, i hopped over from Boost-My-Blog Party! nice to meet ya. have a great <3 Day!! big hugs. i love all your animals - i love pugs. both doggies have such cute faces. ( :

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  19. Loved the tour of your place -- Abs is adorable and I do hope your tom turkey gets better!


    Thanks so much for joining us at the BMB party. :)

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  20. I made curtains for our laying boxes years ago. The hens loved them!

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  21. I saved a few of Mary E's magazines, too. You have a fun blog! Puppies, cookies, chickens...I'm in! Happy Valentine's Day, Mary Ann!
    *came over from BMB

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  22. Thanks for stopping by my blog via the BNB party.

    I'm your latest follower!

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  23. How funny is he? What a cute face!

    Happy Valentine's Day.

    M :)

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  24. He's a cutie! Came over from the blog party.

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