Thursday, March 30, 2006

It's finished... the house anyway!

Barring any unforseen problems, the house is now finished. I'm not sure when we'll be completely moved in, hopefully before Easter. I just now have to get my act together and get packed up. We still need the fences installed before we can move the dogs down there, so hopefully they can do that quickly. I finally think I have some good photographs, so I will try to post them later on tonight.

We have added to our farm population - six 3-4 week old pullets - 2 Rhode Island Red, 2 Barred Rock and 2 Araucana. So, we now have eight chickens and nine ducks after adding have four cute ducklings. Another batch of quail hatched on Monday, bringing our total to 18 babies and the two parents. We're busting at the seams with birds right now, but its fun and John loves interacting with them.

Well, that's all for now.


Sunday, March 19, 2006

Rain, rain go away!

What a wet weekend! We haven't seen this much rain in a long time. The news just stated that Waxahachie has had almost 8 inches of rain. We have a lake in our backyard and our chickens may have to start swimming soon. But, the biggest problem, we've sprung leaks at the new house. Some may be serious, most are around the windows. And, this was the week, our builder was going to turn the house over to us. Yikes! I'm just glad we got this rain now instead of after the closing. Almost all of the work has been done on the house. Charles spent the weekend at the house trying to finish the wood floor. He spent alot of time mopping up water, but there are only two rooms left to floor. So, we still have some dog doors to install, the screen doors on the breezeway and the fencing to go. I just hope we get some grass in before we move the dogs down there or we will have a horrible muddy mess when they go outside.

I've been looking at washers and dryers and was amazed yesterday when I decided to do some research on them. We have a second floor laundry room, and have planned all along to get a new set of front loading w/d. Because I couldn't make up my mind between two, I started looking into them and was amazed to find out that some of the models don't work too well on the second floor. They can vibrate the whole house. Some of the models are recommended to only work on a concrete floor. This is not something you hear when you go to buy them, so it was a surprise. Since yesterday, I've been reading alot and have determined which one to try for, but I've got to make sure whoever installs it can level it correctly, so my decision on where to buy it may change. Just something I thought I'd pass on, because it was a surprise to me.

Quail update: We hatched a new batch of babies on March 7th. Ten hatched, three with problems. Two of those did not make it, and the third has leg problems, but is very strong and healthy, so I don't know if it will make it. It may never walk right. We also lost one of the Valentines babies yesterday. I don't know if it died because of the power going off Friday night (scared and trampled), or if something was wrong with it. I think it was the last baby to hatch, because it was one of the smaller birds.

I will try to post photos of the house soon. Its turned out real pretty, but its kind of hard to take photos that look good and you can really see the rooms. We have a ton of work to do to move in, which should be within the next couple of weeks.

Friday, March 17, 2006

House almost finished!

Well, the day is almost here and I'm no where near ready to move. We've been so busy dashing around buying the last minute stuff that we haven't even started packing. But, we're down to punchlist time and as soon as the fence is in for the dogs, we'll be moving down there. Charles plans to start staying down there now, and still has to finish the wood floor. There are only 3 1/2 rooms left to floor. We've both been down with pneumonia for a few weeks, so that has slowed the process. I'll post photos either this weekend or early next week. It is really looking good. Just wanted to update for those that are interested.

Quail update: We had a new batch of quail hatch around March 10th. This hatch had 10 babies hatch, 3 with problems. Two of those have not made it. We still have one who will probably never walk. We've separated him, and hope to get him up and going. He's healthy, eating, drinking, but his leg is dragging. This is sometimes fixable, but we don't know where its heading. The original hatch has 6 healthy almost adult babies that are doing great. We're very pleased with their progress. Our two chicks are also growing into beautiful hens, and should start laying in about 6 weeks or so. I'll post updated photos of them soon too.