Archive | February 2014

Meet Prince Charming & Fluffy

Yeah, Yeah, I know, Fluffy is generally used as a cats name….well, LQQK at her/him!  I’m calling Fluffy a her for now until proved otherwise.  Look at little Fluffy, she is now 3 1/2 months old, she hatched on November 18th.  She is the only chick left all the others we’re taken by hawks 😦  anyway, she’s doing very well, except she’s still mostly covered in downy feathers rather than being full feathered, which she should be by this age.  NO, she does not have any silkie in her!  I’m just thinking it had to do with the extreme cold this winter, if the other chicks had made it to go through the winter with her we would have had something to go by, but now its just speculation.

Meet Prince Charming, isn’t he just so handsome?? He’s our up coming rooster in training.  Buddy is still the hierarchy of the flock.  Remember last spring poor Buddy took a beating from Reds.  I’ve learned allot since that battle of the roosters for hierarchy.  I’ve learned, that I shouldn’t have re-homed Reds, I should have re-homed Buddy.  It was too hard though, I truly love my Buddy.  But, Buddy hasn’t been the same since.  I took control of that situation and put Buddy back in the patriarch position, which he had undeniably lost.  He’s still a great rooster and does all his roostering chores, but just not to the level he use to.  If you didn’t read my post on that you can get caught up here: I Just Can’t Believe It

This spring, now that we know the signs, we will keep a better eye on the guys and when it looks like Prince Charming is going to challenge Buddy, we will just re-home Buddy at that time.  We like have 2 roosters with all the predators we have around here.  The flock hasn’t been able to free range all winter, we did make the run larger to compensate for the lack of free roaming, but you know, its just not the same.  And we had to totally enclose the run this year, the hawks were just too many and too determined this year.  I truly can’t wait for the crows to come back.  Why? you ask am I waiting for crows to come back?? You can read about that here on the Common Crow, but long story short, they help big time in keeping the hawks away.  So, until the crows return we only free range under our watchful eyes.

This spring I’m planning on adding Jersey Giants to the flock.  They’re a bigger chicken, hoping that will deter the hawks a little.  I’m not sure weather I’m going to get chicks or hatching eggs.  I’m leaning towards hatching eggs, but I don’t have an incubator, would like t get one, but would rather a hen go broody and just put the eggs under her.

What are your plans with your flock this year?? Getting any chicks?? Adding a different breed??  Are you discouraged due to predators? Lets talk!

Standard Diner

Tonight we had dinner at the Standard Diner in Albuquerque, NM as seen on Diners, Dive-ins and Dives.  Once again we were not disappointed.  On the Triple D, one of the platters Guy tried was the Bacon Wrapped Meat Loaf, and that’s what I decided to try.  I never have had such a large piece of meat loaf in my life!  And wrapped in bacon, what could be better???!!!  My hubby decided on the Short Rib Grilled cheese with onion jam, Provolone, cheddar, and sourdough and a side of sweet potato fries.  As you can see from the photos the portions are big, so go hungry!

Salsa Brava Fresh Mexican Grill

Tonight we had dinner at Salsa Brava Fresh Mexican Grill in Flagstaff, Arizona which was seen on Diners, Drive-ins & Dives. They are very friendly there, they explain the menu and they have a salsa bar with unlimited nacho chips. I told them that I had seen them on the triple D and they were quick to show us what Guy tried on the menu, one of which I tried.
I had the Maui Tacos — Spicy avocado, sweet onion, and grilled pineapple. Served in flour tortillas with rice and beans. This was just spicy enough for me, did make my lips a little numb but had good flavor and the plate was filled I couldn’t finish it all. My hubby got one of their specials a mild pork platter with a peach mango habanero sauce served with black beans and rice. My hubby doesn’t like heat so I’m always worried when he’s told something’s mild and for him it’s not. Well this was truly mild and the plate was filled to the brim and he couldn’t finish his platter either! So do give them a try and do go hungry!