The rain has been staying away, as the weather man predicted. I must give him some credit - for once he has been giving an accurate forecast. We have been making sure to make the most of our sunny days. I got the side yard in shape for the little pool, and we have been splashing in it a much as possible.
We had a week with no activities to speak of. We went had an unsuccessful letterboxing trip. Both boxes we went to find were not there. BUT... the second one was located near a park so the kids didn't really complain, they were too busy playing.
Ayla had her first 'big' fall. She tripped in the driveway (those who have seen our diveway will know how easy that is) and fell face first. Whoops. She got some scratches on her face and arm. It looked bad, but healed quickly.
In chicken news...
Our Salmon Favorelle has been giving us issues. She has the biggest personality of our little flock, but also the biggest nesting instinct. She went broody once at the end of April, and she just went broody again! If you don't know what that means: basically she decides she needs to hatch eggs. We have no rooster, so that is just not going to happen. During the broody period, chickens do not lay eggs they just sit on the nest, often forgoing any food or water for days at a time. It is unhealthy for the bird and it greatly upset the rest of my flock. Squishy has done this 5 times now. This last one was less than 8 weeks apart. The only solution is to cull the bird, or put her in time out. We do the latter. She spends 4 days in a dog kennel, with only enough room to roost. When she is let out her attitude problem is fixed, but it takes a week or more for her to start laying again. We have also run into some egg eating issues. Yes, chickens will eat their own eggs. Crazy, right? Chestnut (the Ameracauna) is still having soft shell issues and the other birds have zeroed in on her eggs as a delicious treat and we hardly ever see them at all. The birds seem to be eating them as soon as they are laid, the only evidence being a small amount of yolk left behind in the straw or a small bit of shell here or there. So... between little Miss Broody Pants and the Soft Shelled Diva - we only get 2 eggs a day from 4 chickens. To be honest, 4 eggs a day is still not quite enough for us, so this is a frustrating issue.