Friday, October 14, 2011


Sammy got a new rat - introducing PHOEBE. Hate to say it but she is kind of cute.....

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Goodbye Kurtis

Kurtis was hit by a car and is no longer with us. We will miss him but are finding smiles in our memories of him and the belief that now he is on an endless chase of chipmunks in green meadows with no borders.

Kurtis Kurtis

Kurtis, Kurtis you are a circus.
doing tricks for tips.
You are an entertainer and I am your trainer
standing by you and always flying towards the top.
You traveled. You gave us all smiles.
Your followers are giving you dollars.
Rising high Dying slowly.
Kurkomite you're the new bite
That everyone has waited for.

Love Ben

I love you and I will miss you.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Fall Fest at Cantigny

We continued our annual tradition of Fall Fest at Cantigny - it really is the beautiful place. Here are the girls having some fun. Ben opted out of hanging out with us today and Fiona joined us instead. It was a good time!

Monday, October 3, 2011

Finally - Moving Day Arrived!

Happy chickens
Back end of coop & run
Crazy steep ramp - not sure we are going to have to adjust to make less steep

Western side of coop - entrance to run (a door we found in our shed) and a chicken "spy" window that we dug out of the garbage. The window was alot of fun to look through as the chickens were getting settled * see later photos

Lots of space to forage under to coop and in the run and it is already nice and muddy from Kevin and John working and trampling all of the mint and weeds in the area.

The human girls showing the feathered girls how to go up the ramp

*chicken spy window

Sam's murals for the chickens, there is a picture of each of the girls - not sure if we'll add more pics if we add more chickens. It might not be fun painting inside the coop once the chickens have been living there for a while since the world is their toilet.

The chickens are moved in! What a great day for us as a family, we worked together and we did it!! Look at Sam's murals on the inside, we hope this makes the girls happy and they lay more - right now we are up to 4/5 eggs a day. We are having problems with some of the chickens egg eating but we hope that their new nesting boxes and the permanent coop will solve the issue. If not, it may be roasters for dinner soon!

Sunday, October 2, 2011


I am so lucky to have Maisie!!!!!

She brings fun and beauty in my life. After spending the morning taking down trees and working on the chicken coop she gave me a makeover so we could go to a fancy tea at the library. We were the most sparkly people there!! I tell you, she is destined for big and beautiful things.

The Mighty Hunter

Curtis is loving fall and all the chipmunks - he is getting 3 to 5 a day! We are all is agreement, watching him hunt is better than TV, he is definitely into it for the thrill of the hunt!

Painting the coop

It's hard to tell what we slack more on... getting this coop finished or updated the blog. Here are some pics from a few weeks ago as we started painting the coop. It is really coming along and I HOPE the girls can move in soon - chicken girls not our human girls :-)