It’s been a busy couple days. There have been some interesting developments but can’t really say what at the moment since it’s still in the planning stage. Hence the erratic state of posting affairs at the moment. However, all’s not quiet on the homefront. Oh, contraire!

There’s so much happening I can’t keep up. I still have yet to publish last weeks menu – that’s coming soon (today no doubt).

Over the weekend the temperatures soared hovering near 100 degrees F. The heat wave shattered a 70 year record! Just when we thought it couldn’t get any hotter, today the temperature dropped a whopping 30 F degrees. Back to regular spring weather. We could do without the heat, thank you very much, we get enough of the scorching temperatures in summer time.

Things are coming along in the garden. The guys have nearly replaced all the old wood on the 45 raised beds – only six beds left. Summer crops are replacing winter and spring ones.

Also one of our chickens (Bella), seems to have a bit of infection in her crop. On Sunday, we noticed her breathing a little heavy and first thought she may be egg bound. But she then laid an egg with no problem; however when we put up the chickens that evening I noticed Bella was having a hard time breathing. I immediately felt her crop and it was very warm and slightly soft. So we brought her in for the night. She slept on my bed and while Jordanne worked late into the night on the computer I stayed up with Bella pretty much all night – giving her some liquid probiotics (she was excessively thirsty since she had a fever) mixed with apple cider vinegar, massaging her crop and just keeping her company.

We don’t know exactly what’s causing the infection but Jordanne has narrowed down to two possibilities either 1. physical problem or 2. crop infection. Jordanne has successfully treated crop infections before so hopefully that’s just Bella’s problem. Unfortunately, one can really never know but Jordanne’s pretty good at diagnosing animal ailments and a lot of her treatments aren’t found in books.

Bella seems better; however, her crop is still warm so whatever is causing the infection is still lingering but she no longer is having trouble breathing. You wouldn’t know to see her, she’s acting like a normal chicken – eating, drinking, laying eggs. You can tell a lot from the looks of a chickens comb and her’s still nice and red so we are hoping she’ll pull through (with our help) with whatever she has. In the meantime we are giving her special attention and treating the infection with grape seed extract, apple cider vinegar and high doses of probiotics.


  1. esp says:

    The garden looks beautiful! I’m curious what you use to build your raised beds. Do you use new wood or do you try to salvage/repurpose wood?

  2. Val says:

    That garden is beautiful! We also have an urban homestead… 6 chickens, in an urban back yard with a huge garden. 🙂 It is my passion to grow as much of my food as I can through out the year and we are currently looking in our area for a bit more land. .75 acres if we can. That seems like there would be room for our three children to play, and I could have the chooks and a huge garden to boot. 🙂 It is still in the planning stage, but looking at your beautiful back yard garden, I think it can be done. Wonderful job!

    How is your chook today?



  3. Ginny says:

    Bella is a beautiful bird. I hope she pulls through.

    In Christ,


  4. Laurie says:

    Best of luck with Bella! I have noticed so often that when the weather is extreme, small health problems become much bigger. Do you suppose Bella was stressed by the 100 degree heat? I’ve seen my own chickens panting in hot weather, so I know how hard it is on them. Plus Bella is black…but I’m sure they are in shade. I hope all is well soon!

  5. Anais says:

    Thanks for everyone’s concern over Bella. She active, eating, laying etc, however, her crop is still a little warm and we continue to treat as a crop infection.

    Will keep readers posted. 😉

  6. Kristi says:

    Thanks for the posts on your chickens. We just got chickens this year and I am a total novice. Reading about yours is helping me learn more about caring for them. So far ours are doing very well. The oldest ones are eight weeks and the youngest are three weeks.

  7. Kory says:

    hope your bird pulls through, I notice you are already moving from spring plantings to summer plantings, we are still 2 weeks from the frost date here… 🙁 I’ll just have to live vicariously till then.

  8. Anais says:

    Thanks once again for everyone’s concern. Update on Bella – she seems to be doing fine. But we are still keeping a watchful eye!

    Kory – still not spring yet? Sheesh, I can’t imagine… yeah, I know we Californians are a spoiled lot.

    Happy almost spring !

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