Usually on Wednesday I post dog-training articles.  Lately though I’ve been including posts on my growing chickens and spring gardening and I’ve been considering including some of my animal training stories from my zoo days.

The dog-training themed Wednesday posts needed some expansion, and thus the inspiration for Wild Wednesday.  If it’s about animals, animal training or the environment, I’ll be writing about it.

Dark Brahma chick
Two week old egg-layers

The chicks are chicks no longer, and the garden is growing along.  The fuzzy little balls of fluff now more closely resemble the dinosaurs they’re related to, with a crazy mix of real feathers, old down and bare skin.  Scaly, too long legs and protruding eyes make them ugly cute.  When I watch them establishing their pecking order, flapping their tiny wings and bobbing and weaving, facing off with their sisters, I can’t help but think of their extinct relatives.  It makes me wonder just how old the behavior rituals I’m watching really are.

The Cornish Crosses, also 2 weeks old.


The Cornish Crosses on 4/25/12



We’ve separated the meat birds from the egg-layers, and moved them into the outdoor pen.  It doesn’t matter how many articles I read about the incredible growth of these Cornish crosses, I am amazed at how big they are.  At just a few days over a month old they are more than double the size of the egg-layers hatched the same day.  They have blossomed too, being able to scratch in the dirt, eat grass and bugs and in general, act like chickens, has them bobbing and wing-flapping like their smaller sisters.


A Partridge Rock 4/25/12


Dark Brahma 4/25/12

We’ve been graced here in the Northwest with some glorious spring weather lately, in a much appreciated pattern; beautiful, warm, sunny weekends, with off-and-on showers during the week.  In Seattle?  I know, right?  Shocking!  Seems we’re getting the benefit of the climate change train at this point in time.

I added some pretty to the temporary herb garden.  Love me some pansies, dahlias, and gerbera daises.  I’m loving the location, but I’m not so sure the plants will.  I know it’s still early, but they’re not getting sun until about 1:00 p.m.  That’ll change I know, just not sure if it’s going to be full enough sun for herbs or flowers.


I am helpless against herbs and veggie starts, and, okay, plants, at a nursery, but I also really enjoy starting seeds.  It is so reinforcing to watch those baby plants poke out of the soil.  I swear last weekend I watched the things grow; checked them in the morning and they were barely nosing above ground, checked them in the evening and there were two proud leaves spreading toward the light on almost all of my carefully prepped soil.  Look at them now, just a week after breaking ground.

I also went through a bunch of old pics, and scanned a few in.  Here’s me, with an old friend; Akela helped inspire my first novel.  Don’t worry, I’ll be filling you in on that too in the near future.

Are you a seasoned gardener or a newbie?  Are you looking for animal training tips?  Do you just plain love animals like I do?  Do you long for fresh eggs, and the delicious taste of fresh fruit and veggies out of your own yard, but are afraid to take the huge step of keeping your own chickens or starting your own garden?  Then come on in!  Drop me a note, let me know your thoughts and ideas.  I really love hearing from all of you!


Please keep in mind that all pictures are under copyright to me, and except for Akela’s pic were taken by me.  I request that you ask before using.  Thank you!

12 Responses

  1. no gardening here. yuck. I work hard enough all day so I see no reason to come home and work in the dirt. LOL for many it’s a hobby and relaxing, but I just see work. love the photos. chicks are really becoming chickens. and the flowers feed my soul.

    1. We all find the places and things that feed our souls. That’s not going to be the same place for everyone, but they do sometimes overlap and share. 🙂 I’m glad you enjoy the pictures, Louise, thank you for stopping by!

  2. Serena, love the pics. I like chickens and wish we had some. Ah well, maybe next year. Thanks for sharing; this post was a wonderful start to my day.

  3. What an exciting mix of flowers and chickens! I love flowers of all kinds. I can’t grow too much at my house because the deer eat everything, but I finally found some spray that’s environmental friendly that I can use and it seems to be working. Maybe this is my year for pretty blooms.

    The chicks are still cute. What a lovely combination you have of meat birds and layers. Can’t wait to hear more about the gardening and chicken adventures.

    I’m not much of a gardener but I love hearing stories from other people about their gardening techinques, tips, tricks, secrets, etc. Good luck with yours!

    Patricia Rickrode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt

    1. Thank you! I’ll be posting updates on them through the season. This is my first year raising such a large flock of Cornish crosses. We got a bunch by accident last year when they were grown and thought we’d give it a try start to finish.

      I don’t know if I’m much of a gardener either. 😉 Last year my pea crop was exactly four servings, green beans did only slightly better and I got 0 tomatoes. I learn a little more every year though, enough to keep me going. I’m happy to share the things that have and haven’t worked for me. Thanks for stopping by!

  4. Okay, so you know that I’m in a condo in HB right? LOL! But you were born to do this Serena! This farming thing is so you! I do love the chickies and your flowers. Things are lookin’ pretty spectacular in your neck of the woods! Bodacious! 🙂

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