Monday, June 21, 2010

This and That and a GIVEAWAY

What a week last week was!  A co-worker's daughter was in a bad car accident a week ago yesterday.  She was driving when she ran off the road.  She over-corrected and rolled the Suburban 4 or 5 times.  She was the only one badly injured.  She's in a neck brace for at least 8 weeks and cannot take it off, even to shower.  She shattered a vertebrae in her neck and was inches from paralysis.  She went home from the hospital on Friday.  She was qutie lucky, to say the least.  But that put her dad out of work for all of last week.  So I was doing my best to handle my job and his.  He is our inside salesman, so I spent quite a bit of time on the phone with customers and outside salesmen.  But we got through it.  It's always rough at work when anyone is out, as we are at our limit with personnel.

I entered a giveaway this morning! Pam and Farm Man over at A Southern Farm are doing another nest box giveaway.  I didn't enter the last couple cause I thought others deserved to get it.  But I am entering this time.  I may not win, but it's still fun, nonetheless.  Maybe you are interested?!  Go check it out!
http://georgiafarmwoman.blogspot.com/2010/06/henpals-3-hole-chicken-nesting-box.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+LifeOnASouthernFarm+%28Life+on+a+Southern+Farm%29

 I spent the weekend doing things around the house.  We had a couple more chicks hatch this weekend.  There were three actually, but  I think the other hens got a hold of one.  It was missing the next morning, and I found just a small tuft of downy feathers.  I gathered the two remaining ones and put them in a brooder box.  We've still got four more hens sitting on eggs.  They should all start hatching soon, I think.  I didn't really keep up when they started sitting.  And sometimes it's hard to tell when they don't sit constantly.  I had a hen hatch some out at nearly four weeks once cause she wouldn't stay on the eggs.  I almost threw them out!

My Garden is looking okay.  My corn is growing cobs now.  I have watermelons I'm hoping will be ready for my vacation in two weeks.  My crookneck squash is all dying, though.  Same thing happened last year.  These stuid little beetles eat holes in the base of the stalk, climb in, and eat my plants from the inside out!  Makes me so mad I could spit! 

Our baby pigeon is out and about now.  He's still a bit ugly with his oversized beak, but I'm sure he will grow into it.  The white pair keep laying eggs, but none ever hatch.  She sits for maybe two weeks, then abandons the egg.  I put a pigeon egg under a chicken yesterday, but I'm not sure how that will work.  She may crush the poor thing. 

Sorry I haven't posted much lately.  It just seems I always have more to do than I really have time for!  I'm going on vacation in a couple of weeks.  My family is driving up from Beeville, Texas.  They have rented a large house out at Rodanthe (Yes, the same place as the movie Nights in Rodanthe) for a week.  So I will probably be out there with them.  They rented the house a couple of years ago, but I didn't go then.  I couldn't get off work.  I hear it has a private in-ground pool, and is only a block from the beach!  It will just be nice to see them all again.

18 comments:

Edith Hope said...

Dear Randy and Mike, It would appear that you have had a very busy time at work. I am sorry to hear of the accident of the daughter of your colleague and can completely see how his absence will have given you much more to do.

In Hungary I have been enjoying the most wonderful water melons straight from the local market. They are a major summer crop here and very popular. In the country they are sold directly from the farmer's cart which is driven each evening around the village. I do hope that yours will be delicious.

I am sure that you are greatly looking forward to your holiday. Are you both going to Rodanthe? If so, who looks after the chicken, et al?

debbie said...

DEAR RANDY,
I AM SO SORRY ABOUT YOUR CO-WORKERS DAUGHTER BUT OH MY, THANK THE LORD, SHE IS ALIVE AND NOT PARALYZED.I WILL PRAY FOR HER.
I HAD TO LAUGH ABOUT PUTTING THE PIGEON EGG UNDER THE CHICKEN...IT JUST MIGHT WORK, STRANGER THINGS HAVE HAPPENED.
YOU HAVE REALLY HAD ISSUES WITH RAISING CHICKENS...ONE DAY YOU WILL BE ABLE TO WRITE A BOOK.
IT SOUNDS LIKE YOU WILL HAVE FUN ON VACATION. I AM NOT FAMILIAR WITH THE PLACE YOU TALKED ABOUT.
IT HAS BEEN SO VERY HOT AND HUMID.
IF YOU GO TO SIMPLY DEBBIE AND DON'T PAY ATTENTION TO MY DIVA DOLL BUT I WANTED YOU TO SEE MY MOVIE STAR WALKER TALKER. HE HAS EYES THAT WILL MELT THE COLDEST HEART.
HAVE A SAFE, LOVELY VACATION.
TELL MIKE HI.
HUGS
SIMPLY DEBBIE

LemonyRenee' said...

Wow, what a week. I'm so glad your co-worker's daughter will be okay. A testament to the EMT workers, I would say. So glad to hear your baby pidgie is up and around. Sorry about the chick loss. Scoundrels.

I'm glad you'll be able to take advantage of the vacation house this time. You've had quite a year and deserve some rest and good fun. Enjoy!

Becca's Dirt said...

Sad news when something like that happens to a co-worker. Hope she is doing better so he can come back to work. Hope you have a great vacation.

LindaG said...

I didn't realize chickens would eat chicks. I thought they raised them.
Glad you were able to save a couple of them. :)
Enjoy your vacation when it gets here!

Tracey said...

Sounds grand....what time do we all meet up for this 'vacation' then? LOL xxxxxxxxxxx

Gary said...

Randy, I want to know your secert to "Time Management". Career, flocks, garden. Where do you guys find the time. - G

Donna said...

Glad the co-workers daughter is better and co-worker is back to work...I Know how That is!
Enjoy that vacation! I Can't remember how That feels!Hahaa..
hughugs

Melodie said...

Glad the co-workers daughter is on the mend! That can be so scary,we went through that with my husband,only an old lady hit us a t 70mph!

Farm life is so busy in the summer especially if you have to work outside your farm also! Sounds like you will be good and ready for that vacation!Hope you ave loads of fun!

Peter said...

A pigeon egg under a hen won't work. Even if it hatches she won't be able to feed it. Pigeons feed their babies mouth to mouth pigeon "milk". Hens just show the chick where to peck.
Other wise good luch with the pigeons, hope the white pair get it together.

Foothills Poultry said...

a thought: If the white pair has ever had more then 2 eggs, then you have 2 females. They only lay 2 eggs to set on. I have had pigeons off and on my whole life.

females will pair up if there is not a male avalaible.

~~Matt~~

Chicken Boys said...

Thanks for the well wishes everyone...both for me and Abby.

Gary-time management is a tough one. Sometimes it just means I work till I'm dog tired. But I love it.

Peter- I did know that baby pigeons are fed by the parents. One of my fellow bloggers hand fed a baby dove, so I thought if it hatched I'd give it a try.

Matt-I'm pretty sure the other one is a male. He loves to coo and dance, and has gotten on the female once or twice in my presence. But I suppose they could be lesbians. If so, bless their little hearts for trying. I was thinking of sending them to a fertility clinic.

Jabacue said...

Boy, you are one busy dude! Nice that your family will be close by and the pool sounds terrific...enjoy.
Watermelon already! We would have to wait till November for it to do anything. Lucky you. Have a great week.

Tracey said...

I do hope EVERYTHING isn't wilting...LOL xxx

houndini said...

Well done for holding the fort. Sounds like you deserve and very much need the upcoming break! HAve fun - Al

John Gray jgsheffield@hotmail.com said...

down a gin and chill!!!

Little Messy Missy said...

Glad you are keeping busy... enjoy your vacation!

Gill - That British Woman said...

just catching up with all that is happening with you gguys. You are certainly busy. I hope you enjoy your week off. I have never heard of Rodanthe. I will have to Google the place.

Gill in Canada