Monthly Archives: May 2014

The wait has ended.

While waiting for my cabinets to be installed, I prepared the floor for the new tile.  But, just as I was about to put down some self-leveling compound in the mudroom, I got a call from our installer saying he’d be ready to start on Monday.  That gave me a day and a half to finish the demolition of the kitchen.

 We started just after lunch on Saturday and I worked until dinner time, getting the last of the dishes moved and tearing out the peninsula.  The most tedious part was chiseling up the mortar left after lifting the tiles.

On Sunday, I again started at noon, after I ran the last load of dishes in the dishwasher.  The last cabinets were a little more problematic.  The hot water valve wouldn’t shut off completely, so we put in a call to our plumber to have it replaced, but of course this is a holiday weekend, and he won’t be able to come out until mid-week.  Until then, we turn on the hot water as needed for showers.

The other problem was mold, and a lot of it.  Luckily, I had enough scraps of drywall to replace everything on the kitchen side. However, after tearing out the kitchen side, I discovered the utility room side was rotten as well, so that repair will have to wait until I have room to work in the garage again.

Today, Monday, the installer arrived right on time and he was impressed with my tear out.  The base cabinets are going in as I write this.  Hooray!!

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Outside!

On May 5th I let the chicks out of the coop for the first time.  Only ten of them were brave enough for this adventure, all the smaller chicks stayed in the coop.  Iris (right), the least feathered showed great bravado, and surprisingly good flight skills.

The chicks stayed pretty close to me and the coop, but did venture down some of the paths.  Most of them I could easily scoop up and put back in the coop, when I had to leave but a couple of the skittish white ones required some corralling.
I solved that problem the next time I let them out by feeding them worms from my hand.  That tamed all but two of the birds.

Yesterday, at 6.5 weeks of age, I let the birds out for the whole day.  All fifteen birds were out of the coop by the end of the day.  They followed the shade around the yard, spreading out when there was a lot of shade, retreating beneath the coop, when the shade was restricted.

I admit I have a few favorites.  The ones that show the most personality.  Big Red (left), was the only bird to leave the coop on May 6th when the door opened at sunrise.  I woke up to the sound of a contact call, at 6:30 AM, and went out to find this one.  As soon as she saw me she came running towards me peeping, and was glad when I scooped her up in my hands.  She still gets excited when she sees me.

This black one likes to hang out on my arm or climb up my back to sit on my shoulder.  I haven’t come up with an appropriate name for her yet, but she is the most sociable, and loves to be cuddled.

I was very pleased to find that all the birds, but one, put themselves to bed last night.  I went out at sunset to find one bird hiding under the ramp making pitiful sounds.  Although not especially tame, she seemed to have no objection to my assistance, and she quickly rejoined the others stuffed into a single nest box.  Today, the coop opened automatically, at the time I opened it yesterday, and the chickens exited on their own to explore widely. Presumably, the coop door will close again at 8:30 PM, but I’ll have to check for stragglers.