Every day is Easter here at the Oaktown Egg Ranch.  Four hens of four different varieties = four eggs, each one a different color, nearly every single day.  Apparently having a stronger sense of aesthetics than you might think, the hens neatly arrange their eggs like this^^ in the nest area or ovarium or whatever chicken ranchers call it.

Pretty girls!

 

Chicken Condo

Chicken Condo on the right, tool shed on the left, raised planting beds in the center.  I helped build the shed when Lee first bought this place three years ago, but the planting beds and the coop were entirely his babies.  Lee has a PhD in molecular genetics but used to frame houses for a living just like I did, so building a house for his chickens wasn't no kinda thang for him. 

We've been eating home-grown lettuce and greens for a couple weeks now. 

So have the squirrels

The plum tree behind the coop was shading out the planting beds and giving the chickens Seasonal Affective Disorder, so I pruned it with a Milwaukee Sawz-All last week.

I then rendered the limbs into cordwood for the fire pit with a 24" Fiskars medium duty machete, which, if you're in the market for a good machete, is worth every bit of the $19.95 it costs at Home Despot. Kee-yi n stuff. 

The tree and the coop both looked way better once that was done.

TILDY !!!

This being the Bay Area, whenever I take Matilda for a walk we see something beautiful even though we kinda live in the hood. 

Right up the hill is a yard that is entirely landscaped in succulents, and how bad-ass is that?

Common houseplants grow to the size of pick-up trucks out here, it's like the Lost World of Roraima or something.  And, on the property just to the right of the monstroid curb geranium in this shot, I'll be building another shed like Lee's next week.  

All of which is pretty cool, especially when I think back on how four months ago Tildy and I were living in this^^ Honda Civic. 

 HAPPY ISHTAR!

all images ©2017 by nanatehay except "squirrel raider" courtesy of lee smith

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Comment by Terry McKenna on April 16, 2017 at 3:27am

We had chickens a long time ago when we rented what had been a small farm (five acres).  Sadly, we knew nothing about chickens and learned that they are really stupid birds.  We would let them  out of their coops and they would get their heads stuck between the stones in one of the barns' foundations.  Oh well.  

For a while, we had so many eggs than my son and i would go out into the field and see how far we could throw an egg.

Comment by Safe Bet's Amy on April 16, 2017 at 6:41am

Chickens do NOT lay Easter eggs!  Bunnies do.  Bunnies also make for one fine Hasenpfeffer because, frankly, they only work one day a year and will never be missed.

Comment by Phyllis on April 16, 2017 at 9:37am

I startled a bunny in my yard when I went out to feed the squirrels this morning. I'm hoping it's the mama buns from the clutch I uncovered while mowing yesterday. Of course it poured down rain this morning so the spot was thoroughly soaked when I went out to put a chair over it. I hope they're okay.

Comment by JMac1949 Today on April 16, 2017 at 9:41am

Appropriate greetings to one and all for the Holy Days.  R&L

Comment by Foolish Monkey on April 16, 2017 at 11:20am

this is all beautiful the way california spring can be.  thanks for showing these beautiful pictures and those pretty chickens.  

NO chickens are not stupid, they're just meant to live the life they're meant to live.  

and tildy is a fetching little girl.

when we lived in salinas, at the edge of alisal which is the "hood" and that's because the people are poor and mexican, so it gets to be the hood. that was where the last of the family compound was located - the tiny house with the big fig tree and all that.

yeah, it's raw although in the spring you don't even care.  everyone is so happy after the rain.   the soil was pure clay..when it rained it felt like silk in your fingers - that's when I'd plant my roses.  I found a mostly dead martha washington geranium for .25 at longs in the "winter" and by spring, it was about 2 feet tall and as wide and sweet alyssium grew to little fat hedges.  everything grew - it's was crazy.

one year I dropped russian sunflower seeds into the ground...they were about 1/2" or so but the sunflowers grew as tall as the house - they got to about 12 ft and the stalks were bigger than my arm.   they were the talk of the neighborhood and people would drive by to see them.  my husband needed a machete to take them down.   I don't particularly like or dislike sunflower seed but they were purty.  I'm going to look for those seeds again.  got THOSE at longs too...probably cost a dime.   we were pretty poor so i was always in the garden area looking for discounted stuff...

Comment by nanatehay on April 16, 2017 at 11:53am

Hi all. I'm at Mi Pueblo getting jalapenos for the pickled carrots we're having with our ham and, Lee's request, some marshmallow Peeps so we can bite their heads off for Zombie Jesus or whichever deity it is you bite Peeps's heads off for. Mi Pueblo is a fun store because it looks like maybe a month or so ago it was a normal, whitebread Safeway until General Carlos Santana and his army stormed it and bayoneted Davy Crockett, John Wayne and Randy Travis right in front of the express lane then randomly replaced about half the English signage with Spanglish signage and swapped out the potatoes in the produce department with nopales and chayote squash. Viva Santana!

brb...

Comment by nanatehay on April 16, 2017 at 1:19pm

General Santana and his army, trippin' their balls off right before storming Safeway - 

Comment by nanatehay on April 16, 2017 at 1:45pm

And here is notorious Texican General Joplin in another pivotal moment in musico-military history. About 3:30 in to the clip, a camera pans out to the audience and you can see Mama Cass sitting there with an expression of stunned disbelief on her face as Janis forever demolished every stereotype of how a little white girl *should* behave on stage - 

Comment by Safe Bet's Amy on April 16, 2017 at 2:08pm

I heard it was all over as soon as Generalissimo Gerardo and the Mariachi Brigade laid claim to the depilatory cream aisle.

Comment by nanatehay on April 16, 2017 at 2:16pm

Chickens do too lay chocolate eggs, Amy, but they're only fertile if incubated by a rabbit just as the Salmon of Capistrano turgidly inseminates all those swallows behind the belfry when magically migrating Monarch butterflies Return the Lemmings to their ancestral stomping grounds at the bottom of a cliff just outside Reykjavik. At that exact moment, all those common, mundane chocolate eggs easily purchased at Walgreens for $5.99 a dozen are alchemically transformed by the Power of Belief into Cthulhu's Testicles. 

ia! ia! ia!

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