Mackinac Island, a wedding and other fun

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Whoa. I keep forgetting to update and post photos.

Nic and I went to Mackinac Island the last weekend in June. We stayed overnight at Straits State Park in St. Ignace. Beautiful campground! I reserved a site right on the straits and we had a fire with the Mighty Mac glowing in the background.  Continue reading

Transgender Chicken

We have three 13-week old laying hens. And just recently, one of the Rhode Island Reds started to crow. Not a full cock-a-doodle-do, but more of a strange, coo-coo! She even puffed her feathers out and crooked her neck. You may think that roosters crow and hens do not. That is what we thought too. But she is a hen. I have been researching this for days.

Apparently when you don’t have a rooster in the flock, a dominant female can literally change into a male. They will start to crow and grow spurs and even get the rooster strut when they walk. They will even stop laying eggs. They say that infections in the ovaries can also cause the hormones to switch, but we don’t know if that is the case.

Our beloved Juniper was making the switch. She has a small crown, but no signs of spurs or aggressiveness. She is our favorite. The most friendly and curious of the bunch. But we absolutely cannot have a crowing bird in our backyard, for the sake of our neighbors.

We immediately started to watch videos on Youtube on how to kill and clean a chicken. We were even planning a BBQ party. But I decided to list her on Craigslist first to see if someone would take her instead. I had a lot of replies and within 12 hours, she was picked up. She will now be living with 2 ducks and another chicken on a family farm. Farewell Juniper. Her sisters seem sad and confused that she is gone :(

Another Busy Summer

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The reason that I have not been posting as often, isn’t because I don’t have things to share. In fact, it has been the opposite. I have so much going on! 2014 is turning out to be one of those whirlwind years. Continue reading

Floor Remodel

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10299585_10100670584270947_3839407701436392410_nNic and I have been talking about redoing the floors in our living and dining room for a couple years now. The cat has peed everywhere and even steam cleaning it monthly doesn’t help. Plus the dirty dog feet and dust was making the carpet really gross. I think it used to be white at some point?! We pulled up the carpet in one corner and just saw grey – thinking it was particleboard.

So we did some researching online on budget friendly wood floors and ended up buying some “floating” snap-together stuff with an oak top layer and HDF core. The night before we were going to install it, Nic started reading terrible reviews about it online and I was all freaked out. But we didn’t really have the money to do anything else, so I proceeded on moving all of the furniture and started ripping up carpet by myself after work. Continue reading

2014 Polar Plunge

The snow is still not melted and the ice on Lake Superior is still at over 60%. But I was challenged to go for a swim this last weekend. The challenge was brought to me by a friend and then I have to nominate others to do it as well.

It was quite chilly! It was hard to find a spot that was not only deep enough, but wasn’t crowded by icebergs.

 

Backyard Chickens

As if Michigan does not have enough B.S. going on in Lansing, the Michigan Commission of Agriculture and Rural Development just took away our Right to Farm. What does this mean? If you have an urban OR rural farm and your local zoning laws prohibit it, you are now unprotected by the Right to Farm Act. Say goodbye to chickens, goats, and bees. This is big.

Read more about it here:

The Detroit News

Inquisitr

MDARD Generally Accepted Agricultural and Management Practices for Site Selection and Odor Control for New and Expanding Livestock Facilities 

What can you do about it? Spread the word. Sign petitions. Write letters. Let the commissioners know that this was a very bad decision!

Here is the petition.

More info and addresses to write letters, here.

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