Wednesday, October 19, 2022

Hello Fall And My Backyard Nursery

 



Hi all! 

So sorry that I've been "absent" from really all of my online platforms. There were many challenges and changes for me this year. I lost my dad to cancer July 4th, which has left our family so lost and that we hardly know what to do with ourselves. He was a big man, and a big presence, and will be missed every single day until we see him again on the other side...

I also started the backyard nursery and have fought the heat, now drought, pests and weeds all summer. Everything is set up just very basic and I have plans for how I want to set up things and "grow" as time goes on. So far, everything is doing fairly well, to include rooting hundreds of cuttings! We had record heat this summer, and now we're getting record cold. Missouri! It's really a challenge to raise living things here with the radical weather we get. For now, I'll be focusing on mainly boxwoods and other evergreens, and hydrangeas to include hydrangea trees. I'll have a few other things as well, but those are my main projects. 

I do have a few silkies available if anyone local is looking. I'm not shipping chicks at this time, and don't know if I will in the future. I will however, be shipping liner size plants. 

I hope you all are doing well. I'm so glad most of the horrible heat is outta here! 

Take care! 

🎃🍁🍂🌻🍂🍁🎃

Wednesday, January 5, 2022

New Year, New Babies

 

Hi guys..I've been off Facebook, and social media period, for a while, hope you all are doing ok and had a good holiday season?!
Here's some grow-outs from my Paint Silkie group..loving how well they are turning out. Great feathering, and some pretty spots popping up! I've had to put up with them inside(mudroom off the kitchen), but my silkies are laying well even though it's cold, so I'm going to hatch early and be done with the majority of the hatch well before the hot weather and buffalo gnats start up. I have 18 nuggets cooking in the incubator as well, and 22 more ready to go in. I'll be up to my eyeballs in Silkies 😄

I have one baby that is either a normal frizzled silkie that's extra curly, or, she's what they call a "Woolie" in Silkie circles. My Silkies have a lot of Sherri Minker's blood lines in them, and she's has these Woolies pop up from Time to time. A mutation of the Frizzle gene?

Time will tell..her name is Bo Peep. LoL


The old timers always say that chicks hatched in Feb/march do the best for them, and they're definitely always through hatching for the year by June. From past experiences, I definitely agree.

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Take care and happy hatching! 🐣

Cheryl 


Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Elderberry Syrup

 Hi guys, here we are, back to cold and flu season. Then there's also that sickness going around which shall not be named 🙄



I've made elderberry syrup to help guard against all of those things, and you can also use it to treat these sicknesses more aggressively. 

If you're interested in making your own, here's a great video by Amy Fewell that's an immense help:


Stay well! 

Cheryl

Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Making Soap and More.


I'm really loving the Calendula soap that I made recently. I'm working on a cream as well, experimenting on myself of course lol. Seriously though, I have some of the most sensitive skin on the planet apparently. Even many natural scents, herbs, and oils do not work with my skin, and I also wanted to come up with something gentle enough even for children and pets. I tested it on the pugs, and their coats came out so so nice! 
Once I'm sure that I'm totally happy with it, I will offer the soap and cream on Etsy mostly likely. 
She's butter...where the heck have you been all my life?! 
I may offer a few other things such as a chapstick balm/stick I'm working on for a quick, mess-free and portable way to apply some peppermint based balm for headaches and nausea, as well as a healing salve.
I will not offer anything to others that I haven't used successfully on myself, my pets, and my family! 
I will be planting my own calendula and a few other new things next year for my soaps and creams. I've grown my lemon balm and peppermint as well as a few others for several years now. 
We need to return to the old ways and skills that have been all but lost, especially in times like we're living in these days. 

Cheryl 

Friday, October 22, 2021

Finally Fall

 




I'm so glad that we're finally seeing cooler days and nights. I think Fall has become my favorite season.
It's still nice enough to be outside, but not miserably hot.
This is also the time of year that many of us start letting go of growouts that we didn't choose to keep for our breeding goals, or if it's simply time to go down in numbers before the cold hits. Most of mine have found new homes. I hatch year round though due to having breeds that don't lay a lot, so I have to set every egg I can. 
Now is the time to think about what needs to be done with coops before winter..cleaning, repair ect, as well as checking and spray for mites as a precaution. Many adult birds are molting right now and look truly awful lol. Dont worry...even more beautiful feathers will fill the naked spots before long. 
Tis the season for hoodies, fires, pumpkin pie, and hot chocolate...
Enjoy it!
🍂🍁🍂🍁

Cheryl 

Hello Fall And My Backyard Nursery

  Hi all!  So sorry that I've been "absent" from really all of my online platforms. There were many challenges and changes for...