Monday, April 11, 2011

A New Decade and 10 Pullets

I have had serious bloggingphobia lately, and I'm not sure why. I know I need to blog...I know I want to blog...but I can't make myself do it! This week I'm aiming for a new post every day!

For today's post....I had a birthday on the 7th! I turned 30! I'm not really bothered by turning 30, but I am a little weirded out because I don't feel 30! And 30 sounds like such a grown up age. You know, much more mature than 29. ;-) A friend of mine told me your 30's are like your 20's but with more money. Sounds good to me!

So sort of as a birthday present to myself I bought 10 new pullets. These are Red Star pullets, approximately 17-18 weeks old. They should be laying in the next few weeks. My own hens are still laying fairly well, but the eggs are getting a little small and I really wanted to add some production birds to get my production up. I want to sell more eggs. A friend of ours bought around 100 pullets and sold me 10. He got them from a hatchery that dubs their beaks, which we both don't like, but they will be great layers.


I brought them home in the back of the car. They hardly made a peep!


Then they hung out in the coop for a few hours until they worked up the courage to venture outside.


They are still a little clueless about going back into the coop at night, but they're getting better! Tonight I only had to fetch one out her roost on a tall sapling. :-)

Oh, and I'm really proud that I raised the money for the new girls by selling eggs and knitting items. I love the challenge of trying to use money from things I produce to buy the things that I want/need. It's definitely a challenge and sometimes I don't make it, but sometimes I do!

9 comments:

Allison at Novice Life said...

Congrats! And I like your friends take on turning 30....I have the milestone coming soon myself!

Backwoods Woman said...

I'm 35. I didn't feel the "difference" at 30 either. But now five years later...yeah, I feel it, lol. Love your birthday gift, even better to have been able to buy them with your egg & crafting money. I sell eggs and put the money right back into the feed bill. So nice to have them earn their keep!

Becky said...

Welcome to the 30's. So far I've found the 30's to be better then the 20's. I feel more settled and a little more sure of myself. :)

I love your new layers! Great job raising the money for them! I'm glad they're getting better at going back into the coop at night. :)

Jennifer said...

Well Happy late Birthday... I'm 35 & sometimes/someways still feel like a teenager, lol. Then other times I feel 35 :)

Pretty new girls... thats great you raised money to buy them with sellin eggs & your knitting. I try to do that too. I just sold 7 layin girls & 10 3 week old chickies the other day & then I'm still sellin eggs.

Kritter Keeper at Farm Tails said...

oh that little inner voice we all have never grows up and we all feel the same as you! :) hope you had a happy bday and i love the fact that your purchased those beauitful hens...

Susan said...

Happy Birthday, Katie! Ah, 30 is so young.
Hope it is a fabulous year - and that you regain your zest for blogging, It's hard this time of year with so much going on.
Your new layers are lovely.

Mark said...

Katie you are sooooooo old now, NOT!!!!! You had just graduated college and were trying to figure out what to do with your life when I first met you, now look at all you've done, the family you have, the life you've created for yourself!!

Happy Birthday !! :-))

Deb said...

Who is that Mark guy that posts....he must be a real sweetie pie! :-)) I love your hens!! That deep red is so pretty! I know what you mean about being 'weirded out' by a birthday number. Last night I realized that I am actually going to be 55 - how the hell did that happen??? I must pay more attention!! he he You are just hitting your stride Katie boo! And you look so natural holding animals in your arms. It's a great life for You!! Love you, Momma

Dad said...

Katie girl don't you dare stop blogging! lol I enjoy your blog so much and you have a wonderful way with words. Keep em coming. Love you, Dad

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