Friday, August 02, 2019


My great-nephew Jordan was here before our coffee cooled this morning. He was ready and raring to put the finishing touches on the new chicken pen.

We did most of the work yesterday, but we still needed to install latches on the door and drape netting over the pen to keep owls and hawks away from the chickens.

It took a few hours and we were almost finished when Jilda called us for breakfast. She'd prepared waffles with slabs of bacon.

Jordan dropped the tools and sprinted for the back door. I shouted after him that we could finish after breakfast. The backdoor closed before I got the word breakfast out. Did I mention that he loves waffles?

Afterward, we went out and put the finishing touches on the pen. Once we were sure everything was ready, he went into the chicken house where they have lived for most of their lives and opened the little door to allow them into the larger pen.

They were skittish at first, but after the first two ventured out, the rest were all trying to jam through the door at the same time.

We videoed Jordan giving a brief explanation of all the work we've done to get the habitat ready for his chickens.

We've taken a ton of pictures throughout the process so we're hoping that he has a shot at winning an award during the 4-H event in September.

This evening, I walked down and sat for a while watching the birds.  They are a beautiful bunch.

Jordan told me this one was an Australorp. I had to take his word for it.


  1. Honey, Figs and are moving toward self-sufficiency.

  2. Lucky chooks. Lucky Jordan. Lucky you and Jilda.

  3. Now I'm excited about the 4-H event. Good luck to Jordan.

  4. Good luck to Jordan! Fresh eggs, there's nothing quite like them. Very pretty chicken!

  5. I had to smile when I saw the alert. The small picture looked like a turkey. it is a breath of fresh air to see a kid interested in something important and learning at the same time. SWEET That is a plump chicken.
    Sherry & jack

  6. Congratulations to Jordan! Can you, perhaps, share his video?

  7. You have a good worker with you who loves to help and be with the both of you. Love the chicken who looks well fed.


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