Wednesday, April 25, 2012

photo session

I will be taking my first real non-family photo session.  I am very excited, please pray that it will go well! I'll hopefully be posting some of the pictures soon!  Just wait till you see the little ones I get to work with, they are ADORABLE!!! 

I have been really working on improving my techniques since I started reading "A Beginner's Guide to Portrait Photography".  The book has helped me a lot, I have a much better idea of how to use different settings to get the best results.  I greatly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in improving their photos, it would be helpful for any kind of photography, not just portraits. 

Friday, April 20, 2012

pictures at last!

I am extremely happy that I can finally post a few pictures!!


The first two pictures are from when the chicks were only two or three days old.  The third one is only about four or five days old, it is amazing how fast they grow from being fuzzy little balls into chickens!  

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Duck eggs

Thank you all for your prayers for our birds.  We greatly appreciate it!  All of them have recovered as far as we can tell.  Just yesterday some of our friends brought over two full grown ducks for us, they are moving and can't keep them any more.  This morning we were out in the barn feeding the birds, when one of the ducks layed an egg!  We had our first duck egg for breakfast, it tasted just the same as a chicken egg, but was much bigger!

Sunday, April 8, 2012

prayer requests

I woke up this morning, and as usual went to the chick room to feed and water the foul before breakfast.  I looked at the new chicks we got a few days ago to see if our hobble worked on a one of them that developed splay leg yesterday.  Splay leg, is when the chicken's hip or knees come out of socket, you must correct it while the chick it young or it will be crippled for life.  The chick's hobble had come loose so I picked it up and was fixing it, when our rooster Sillabub crowed.  I was surprised, his crow was very high pitched and horse.  Setting down the chick, I went inside to tell mom and ask what could be wrong.  We discussed it, read some information, and decided that it could be either a respiratory infection (which usually means death in chickens), or just from cleaning the cages the night before and stirring up dust.  We decided to move him outside and give him plenty of water.  He is still just as horse and starting to sneeze, a sign of a respiratory infection.  Sillabub is such a sweet rooster, believe it or not, he likes to be held and will jump into your arms.  Please pray for him that he will get better soon! Also, respiratory infections are contagious and it would be awful if all 40 some birds died, please pray that they don't catch it if it is an infection, and that our chick with splay leg will heal quickly. 

I will be gone all week at Wizard of OZ practice and it will be hard to make sure that all the animals are healthy, not to mention that I usually get sick show week.  Please pray that the cast will stay healthy and the shows will glorify God. 

Thank you so much for your prayers!

Thursday, April 5, 2012

It's been awhile!

I have been really busy lately and though things haven't slowed down yet, I hope they will after this coming week.  We have shows for Wizard of OZ this next week and practices from Monday to Saturday.  Our animals are growing fast, as well as the number of animals :)!  We now have 5 ducks, 5 guineas, 10 meat chickens, 14 turkeys, 14 chickens for eggs, 3 bantam chicks, a rooster,....I think that is all as of now! Just last night I came home from Wizard of OZ practice to find ten more chicks in with the bantams! Dad had been at the store and saw that they were only a dollar per chick, it can't hurt to have ten more! It is such an wonderful life, I still can't believe that I live here!!  After our shows this coming week I will be getting my Nigerian Dwarf goats.  Right now dad is out building a barn/coop for the goats and chickens.  God has blessed us so abundantly!  Whenever we have a need He always helps us get the money or sends someone who gives us what we need.  Since we have all these birds, we needed drinkers, food, and lamps for them.   We have some friends who are moving and they are giving us all their things from when they raised chickens!  God is great!

Well, so long for now!  I will probably post again after show week!