From our own garden, we collected a last 10 oz. cabbage, a 6 oz. yellow summer squash, a 9 oz. zucchini, 10 ozs sungold tomatoes, and 1 lb., 5 ozs purple cherokee heirloom tomatoes. The tomatoes are turning color finally! These picked are almost completely ripe, and the vine needed thinning - - placing in a brown paper bag with a banana for a few days.
And, two of the girls have given us a baker's dozen eggs this week. Numbers 12 and 13 arrived today. They are still the smaller first eggs, but one of them is almost full sized. We finally named the chickens. There is Olive (named by me), the very mild mannered and very productive layer. She is surprisingly at the bottom of the pecking order and hangs out alone very often. She lays light brown, creamy colored eggs.
Big Mama (who we thought might be Big Daddy, but wasn't) has been named Mary by Mr. Nature. I like to call her Big Mary. She is at the top of the pecking order, just under Mr. Nature and myself. Her eggs are a darker brown than Olive's.
Then, there is Daisy (named by Amilia). She is the skittish one, much like Amilia herself. Scared of her own shadow and not too keen on outsiders. Or insiders, for that matter. She has not laid an egg yet, as far as we can tell. If she has, we have not found her hiding spot. It has been fun to follow her around in an attempt to sleuth it out of her.
The coop is in progress...Basically, a 36" cube.The front door with hinged opening.
Linoleum on the floor will protect the wood and make the bottom easier to clean. Alas, we are not carpenters, and it will be a humble little abode. But it will be an accomplishment for me, and it will be safe and dry and nesty.
Lastly, some poison has been sprayed. Some more wasps have died. The vigil continues.
Happy Saturday to all.