Hard few weeks

It’s been a hard few weeks here on our little homestead we had some deaths in the family. We took a few weeks to let things process. After many months of trying to get apple seeds to start to germinate I finally got one! 🙌 fingers crossed for the other seeds.

I was so happy to see this little seed! My candy striped peppers are doing wonderful.

Corn is coming in also. But I forgot to take photos of it 😅. What are some seeds that were giving you trouble but now have taken off? I love getting emails showing your gardens! #mjbackyardingwithkids #homesteading #gardening #beenahardfewweeks.

Warmer weather

With the Warmer weather finally my quail have started laying!

I’m looking forward to making pickled eggs out of some of them. The rest I’ll use to feed back to the girls ( chickens ). For laying chickens they need 16% protein at lest but for mine I like to do 18% to 20% for egg quality.

My girls ( chickens ) have picked up nicely. I’m hoping in the future to have darker bcm ( black copper mearan ) eggs. #pleasefollow #pleaseshare #thankyou #hobby #backyarding #mjbackyardingwithkids #homesteading #eggs #yummy #workingoncolorsformyeggs

Behind

For the past few months I’ve had massive headaches. Which has made me behind on a lot of work. This week miricrochet is coming over to help me paint one of the rooms! A big thank you to her! I did get a some art done. I did a wolf in a tree.

The paint is still wet but I’m happy with how it turned out.

Mugs

My kids spring break ended yesterday. I enjoyed having the week off from school. I got a lot done and a lot of relaxing done! After school I worked on some designs for mugs. I enjoyed making these ones. I think they turned out well.

My video is not that great on my phone.

Out of all my crafts that I do, doing the mugs is my favorite! #mjbackyardingwithkids #homesteading #mugs #pleasefollow #pleaseshare #thankyou #hobby #backyarding #crafts #mug #flowermug #chickmug https://www.etsy.com/listing/1036148023/cute-mugs?utm_medium=SellerListingTools&utm_campaign=Share&utm_source=Facebook&share_time=1623708626000&utm_term=so.slt

Happy Easter

Happy Easter! We colored eggs this evening. We only colored chicken eggs this year they turned out cute!! The quail are not laying yet. I love coloring the quail eggs I was a little sad that we wouldn’t have them this year for coloring this Easter. My younger two are already in bed waiting for the Easter bunny to come. It would be nice if they went to sleep soon because this Easter bunny would like to go to bed 🤣

Molting

Right now my quail are molting. Feathers every where they look like little feather less birds running around but what is molting ? Molting is a hormonal process of shedding the old feathers and then the new ones to come in. During this egg production can slow down or come to a complete stand still until they are done. After the molt is done it can take a few weeks before laying starts to pick up again. Coturnix quail normally molt twice a year. This is the first time my quail are at a complete stand still for laying. #pleasefollow #pleaseshare #thankyou #mjbackyardingwithkids #moltingishard #molting #notprettytomoltbutneeded #newprettyfeathersarecoming #homesteading

Rug

Last year around the end of October I started making a pom pom rug for one of my kids. #1 wanted a big rug and the colors were to be purple and green. With supplies being hard to find during some months I went with a few darker purples as you will see.

I’m glad my #1 likes the rug as you can see in the photos the cat does also. I will not be making another rug of this size. Making that many pom poms takes a lot of time. I’ll still be making ones that are bath mat size. #3 wants one for her room next. #pleasefollow #pleaseshare #thankyou #hobby #backyarding #mjbackyardingwithkids #crafts #rug

Some fun crafts

I’ve taken a small break from house painting to work on some crafts. I’ve really enjoyed making shirts for some friends!

The coasters were my favorite thing to make! I think I will make more of them soon.

and of course can’t leave out my eggs! Laying is starting to pick up for the girls they are looking very nice

I’m in love my bcm ( black copper mearan) egg color. I would love someday to have them darker but that will come in time. #pleasefollow #pleaseshare #thankyou #hobby #backyarding #mjbackyardingwithkids #homesteading #eggs #crafts #bcm

Ouch!

Quail can bring many surprises. Many do not know how aggressive the coturnix quail can be and many do not know that every once an while they can lay an egg the size of a bantam egg. I’ve been raising coturnix quail for four years now. Every time one of my hens lays a huge egg it still surprises me.

The egg in the middle is the egg one of my hens laid. As you can see it’s huge. It was a double Yolk. I was really hoping it would of been a triple yolk.

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It’s that time

Normally I would wait to start my seeds until late February. This year I decided to start them now. I have a lot to plant to make sure I have enough food for my family and for the girls (chickens). I find that I organize my seeds a lot 🤣 what’s your favorite thing to grow? I really couldn’t pick a favorite. There are many that I enjoy and look forward to growing. I am excited this to have popcorn seeds. I thought it would be fun for the kids to grow and make their own popcorn. Fingers crossed we don’t lose it #mjbackyardingwithkids #homesteading #gardening #timetogetstarted #pleasefollow #pleaseshare #thankyou #hobby #backyarding