Weekend Roundup

We had a pretty productive weekend, actually! Christine came up, bringing puppies and also eggs from her hens, and the old wire fencing and plastic netting on what will be the chicken yard got torn off, the chicken house got assembled, and then it got stained mahogany because it is a scientific fact that chickens prefer dark wood to the light orangey color it was originally.

See? Puppies!
Obsidian, a solid black almost-4-months-old German Shedder puppy lies on my futon, holding one end of a tuggy toy.  His sable sister Outlaw has her front end up on the futon and the other end of the tuggy toy in her mouth.  They are giving the camera a rather emo look.

That is Obsidian, aka OMG Siddy Aren’t You Just The Handsomest Boy, on the left. He is a charming lunkhead with GINORMOUS BEAR PAWS. I am so smitten. He needs to go home with someone not me. On the right is his sister Outlaw, who is a cuddly and loveable little girl who also needs to go home with someone not me. In fact she held me down and thoroughly licked my face while visiting. Twice. They’re both straight up DDR Shedders and just full of adorableness right now since they’ll be all of four months old in a couple days. Blackthorn Kennel, your purveyor of awesome puppies.

I like to call this shot “Little House in the Big Woods” because when I was a kid I had the WHOLE SET of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s books.
A chicken house, about three feet across the front with nest boxes attached on the left.  It is stained a deep dark mahogany red-brown.  The front door is open, revealing a lighter orangey wood on the inside.

Isn’t it purty? The metal thing off to the left is the pan that goes underneath it (once the stain is dry). I still need to seal it, and we need to put new wire up (it is sitting in the chicken enclosure right now, but there’s only the wood framing). We are aiming for two hens next weekend, possibly Black Copper Marans from Christine, who offered us chickens as a wedding gift! I am brainstorming for names but suspect the chickens will be Heloise and Melusine. I like fancy French medieval names for chickens, you see.

Being an uncommonly responsible blogger, I have posts queued up for most of the week, so even though my school load is quite heavy due to my own procrastination, you should be entertained! There are KITTEN UPDATES. And pics of Emmaline!

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Comments (4) | Life at the Manor,Non-resident Hooligans,Pictures — Tags: , — Andrea @ 0400 on 1 November, 2010

4 Responses to “Weekend Roundup”

  1. Selma
    2031 on November 1st, 2010

    Oh, I have chicken envy. Nothing better than eggs from pet chickens! Or…am I being presumptuous? Is there no Charlemagne in the Heloise and Melusine’s future?

  2. Andrea
    1903 on November 2nd, 2010

    There will be eggs! And no rooster, because I don’t want my neighbors gunning for me. Also because I would quickly acquire a lot of chickens that way, and I can’t eat someone who was born on the property.

  3. Selma
    1019 on November 3rd, 2010

    Ah, yes…the welcoming call of a rooster at ridiculously early hours of the morning…two acres might not be enough insulation for your neighbors! The roosters are really gorgeous, though. Pity for Helooise and Melusine. ;)

  4. Selma
    1025 on November 3rd, 2010

    And another thing…the PUPPIES are so CUTE! Gawd, I SO want another GSD! Curse, Curse, CURSE allergies and asthma. **Bleep** them, **bleep** them, **BLEEP** them.

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