Sunday, November 28, 2010

Kiwifruit and Chickens

Blogging
We're about midway through our kiwifruit season, which is not a good time to start a blog, but I think I've reached the point of "now or never."

I have plenty of excuses for going the "never" or at least "later" route - surgery earlier this month that I'm still recovering from; trying to retain some semblance of sanity while raising a house squirrel that can't be released until spring; finding time to give proper attention to our newest family member, a Goffin Cockatoo; refereeing several squirrel/cockatoo squabbles; all while continuing to stress to Rocky, our Border Collie, that the squirrel and cockatoo are both "babies" and thus off limits to his herding instincts and/or appetite.

Back to the kiwifruit!
On the plus side, our crop was excellent this year and the fruit was the largest we've ever seen! Customers said they looked more like potatoes than kiwifruit.

On the minus side, we lost probably 1/3-1/2 of the crop due to an early frost. We knew it was coming and would have had time to pick at least some of the fruit but we didn't have a place to store it. We only have room for about 6 bins at a time so all we could do was cross our fingers and hope that the weather reports were wrong. Wouldn't you know, for the first time this year the forecasters were right on the money!

Chickens
The chickens are my project but luckily my hubby helps out with the daily opening and closing which consists of locking everything up at night in their "safe houses" and letting them out again in the morning. This keeps them safe from our local nighttime predators, such as skunks, opossums, raccoons, bobcats, and mountain lions. Plus, we have a friend staying here that does the majority of the cleaning, feeding, and watering, especially during the winter when the cold makes it hard for me to function due to Systemic Lupus and Reynauds.

With all this help, I know it must seem like I don't have to do much of anything with the chickens except love and play with them, but believe me, there is still plenty to keep me busy. More about that in the next blog.

32 comments:

  1. Hello,
    I was interested and wanted to inquire about white Silkie hens. Do you have any available for sale?

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  2. Hi Sheri, I just got off the phone with you
    I could not find your e-mail address. but I like anything that is frizzled with a hat. i loved Petunia, the odd. my kids also will show 4-h in aug.please send photos thank you chrisdena
    to - chrisdenar@yahoo.com

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  3. Hi Sheri, It was fun to talk to you. I wish we lived closer I would come see

    all your chickens and buy too many. Please send me photos. Also If you know of anyone coming to the seattle

    area anytime soon that would bring me some chicks, Please let me know. I will order

    some eggs soon and hope I have better luck. I love Petunia's look also I like anything

    frizzled with a hat, or diffrent I would like eggs from pin 5. and some to show in 4-h.





    Thank you, Chrisdena Rathjen

    360-201-8491

    ALSO YOUR EMAIL DID NOT WORK??

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  4. I was wondering if you have any sizzles like blue daliah(sp) or lacy or like a creamy golden color? My email is gpsmommie@yahoo.com. looking forward to hearing from u.

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  5. I'm working with my first generation white sizzles. I'm so excited. I have produced 6 & 2 smooth birds. My frizzle rooster even managed to frizzle a seabright chick. elizalovett1@gmail.com

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  6. hi sheri,i recently got off the phone with you and we are excited about our conversation.feel free to contact me at renecvargas@gmail.com ,thank you and have a great day

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  7. Dear Sheri,

    We are heading by Lincoln tomorrow and hope you are well enough for us to visit the farm. We have six chickens and hope to add some silkies to our family.


    Love, Regina

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  8. Could you please email me at tkresel@yahoo.com . I would love to own some of your silkies/sizzles. They are absolutely stunning!!

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  9. Hi Sheri, We bought 3 silkies from you last year and love them! However, the last rain storm was so bad, that the wind pushed our coop over and landed on one of our silkies, (Elvis was his name, best silkie ever! ) Now, my husband and me are separating and i can't take the other 2 with me. I am too nervous to list them, because i am worried they will go to a bad home or someone will just eat them. Would you be willing to adopt them back or suggest a family who is looking, that are reliable? Please get back to me as soon as possible. My number is (530) 845-0170. Thank you, Nena

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    1. Do your silkies still need a home?

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  10. would you please email me. I am interested in some sizzle eggs. Thanks. Clarajones06@gmail.com

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  11. Hello Sheri,
    My wife and I would like to purchase a couple silkies We've built our coop, secured our yard and we all, the grandchildren can't wait to start. Let me know if this is possible.
    Thanks so much,
    Ed Perales
    209 834 7549
    Tracy, Ca.

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  12. Sheri,

    It makes my heart sing to read about your farm. It so wonderfully refreshing to hear about animals being respected and cherished. I grew up on a farm with angora bunnies and lots of hand raised free range chickens. I have a small coop of my own now and I am looking for some frizzle/sizzle eggs to hatch to add to my silkies and cochins. Would you be willing to sell/ship eggs? I know you cannot guarantee hatch rates, but i would be willing to take the risk. You have such lovely ladies! My email is aklytton@gmail.com

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  13. Hi Sheri,
    I am very interested I'm purchasing silky chickens right away. Please email me at teemarieco@gmail.com
    Thanks so much,
    Tiffany M

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  14. Hi Sheri--Astrid here. I am wondering if Tom Terrific is still alive; I would love to visit if he is. I am so grateful you gave him a home. I still miss him though.

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  15. hello Sherri.... I would like to buy some silky chickens or Eggs.
    please email me at arriazadarwin@yahoo.com

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  16. Hi Sherri. This is Jason from Penn Valley. I'd like to purchase a few of your chickens. We are expanding our flock of hens. Please email me when you find a moment so we can discuss if you have any presently available. Thanks!

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  17. Hi Sherri, I am looking for either hatching eggs or a silky hen that would be a good mom with some eggs

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  19. Good day,
    I'm looking for a white or blue silkie.
    Please contact me if yo have one available.
    Thank you

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  20. I forgot to mention that I'd like a hen....thanks

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  21. I'm looking for silkies can you please send me a number or email where I can reach you

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  22. I would like to get some of your light colors young female please .this is my email please contact me . Thank you . Monica
    monipinkrose@yahoo.com

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  24. Hello! My boyfriend and I have several backyard chickens and been wanting to get some female silkies. Do you have any available right now white in color or at least close to white? If you do have some available how much are they? You can email me at sherlane78@gmail.com.

    Thank you,
    Sher

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  25. Hi, I'd like to buy 3 silkies; white, buff and black. I'd drive up to get them. How much are they? Rebeccaschetter@gmail.com

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  26. Hi Sheri! My children and I bought 3 beautiful silkies from you whom we adore. We have a problem with our buff named Becky has been spending nearly all day every day for the last month huddled under their chicken ladder. She used to sneak under there to lay but never for long periods of time. She hasn't laid in a long time either. When we take her out she acts normal, pecking and hunting about for bugs but she soon retreats back to her little hiding place rather than stay out with her bestie Alison. What should we do?

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  27. Hi! I live in southern california, Downey to be exact, and I am looking to get a handful of silkies in the next month or two, or later if they're not available yet :) yours are the most gorgeous little fuzzbutts I have seen!!! I would prefer colors Black, White, and Splash but will take a mix of whatever is available and don't mind one rooster as I will have him decrowed by an excellent veterinarian-unless you have a vet source you reccomend :) Thanks! Please text/call me at 562-505-2126 or email me at nessacatania@gnmail.com Thanks! Vanessa Catania-Rios

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  28. Hello my name is Fernando and I speak from Spain. I love the work you're doing with this very special result. I would like to know if there would be the possibility of getting eggs from you by sending. Thank you and wish you merry christmas My email is fernandoamaya99@gmail.com

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  29. Sheri
    Do you sell eggs for hatching? I would like to buy some. Email me: shaunkeister@yahoo.com

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