Chicken Wrangling

In my life this week… I brought three more pullet babies home on Monday. They were only a day old when we picked them up with no feathers. Today, they all have their wing feathers starting. All three are Araucanas to go with our one lonely teenager among all the others.

Last night we "wrangled" Hank and Henrietta. They moved to their bigger pen and coop. Ever since starting the Poultry Judging classes at 4H, Jamie has wanted to be able to grab chickens by the legs ~ this is what he calls wrangling.

In our homeschool this week… SPRING FEVER has hit our house! We are doing all that we can to stay ahead so we can finish up a little early this year. I don't know why, but I'll be glad when this school year is over.

I am inspired by…   Those moms who home educate their children year round. I'm so inspired, that I'm actually thinking about it for us. Jamie is wanting to finish school early ~ to graduate at least a year sooner. I'm studying this option for him. I think now would be the time to start the ball rolling for him to accomplish this instead of waiting until the ninth grade.

Places we’re going and people we’re seeing… Tomorrow after our morning service at church, we are headed to North Carolina. We have some exciting business that may open for us regarding Jamie's rodeoing and a ministry.

What’s working/not working for us… This late in the school year, it's not an option to put something away that is not working for us and purchase something else. We only have 6 weeks of school left, so we are plugging away  at all that we have and I'm implementing free items from off the internet.

I’m cooking… A soup for supper tonight. ~ 5 Ingredient Soup ~ so yummy!

1  can refried beans
1  can broth
1  can corn
1  can black beans
1  can diced tomatoes

Mix the refried beans and broth until smooth. Add the other ingredients and simmer for about 10 minutes.    ** For us I double the recipe and add a can of rotel in the place of the second can of tomatoes. I cook this in the crock pot on low. *~*~* Out of this world with cornbread!

A few photos of our new chicks and Chicken Wrangling…

Henrietta being wrangled.

When you hold a chicken upside down, it puts them to "sleep". Not really asleep, just causes them to calm down.

This is Hank fighting all the way.

Happily settled in the new open coop.


  1. Aw! What cute lil' chicks! We incubated chicken eggs last spring...and handles are chicks a lot. I yell "Chee Chee" and they all come running. No wrangling needed! LOL (It's quite funny actually.)

    We're in the same boat here...there are some workbooks and textbooks the kids are "bored" with doing, but we only have about 24? days of school left in the year and I don't want to buy or start something new at this point! We're supposed to be wrapping things up! LOL

  2. Love the chicks they look so very cute :)

    Year round schooling is a good idea but be careful not to burn out. I did :( until a friend shared her routine which we adopted and no more burn out because you get enough rest.

    It works on a five week rotation system. Four weeks of school One week of holidays.

    This equates to 9 rotations for a normal 36 week year. If you want to school year round you can accomplish an extra eight weeks of school a year with two extra weeks of holidays at the end.

    Looking forward to hearing what you will be doing in the future.

  3. I love the pics of your chicks and that soup sounds yummy!

  4. @Chareen

    Hi Chareen!

    This year, I tried 8 weeks on with 1 week off with our school. It has been a huge blessing! I don't know why I never tried it before.

    Thank you for the rotation information. I will definitely keep the 4 weeks on / 1 week off in mind while I'm planning for the new school year.

    Thanks for visiting.

  5. @Our Side of the Mountain

    We have 13 more "teenager" chicks out in the big run. When we open the door, they come running. Our two big Barred Rocks in the pictures, we bought not too long ago and they are having to get use to us. They will come to the gate and then back away in the mornings, when I'm going out to feed them. Hopefully before too long, they won't be so skittish.

    Thanks for visiting!

  6. @Sharon

    Hello Sharon!

    The soup is very good. Sometimes, I'll add pinto beans or rice to it. It's a good "easy no brainer recipe".

    Thanks for stopping by!


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