Category Archives: Davis Family

Meet Our Ladies

December 9, 2016

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I love these little hens so much more than I ever imagined that I would. Each of them has a unique little personality and the older that they get, the more comfortable they become with us. We keep them in the coop majority of the time, but when we are home or working in the yard, we let them free range in our fenced in backyard and they love it. They get a lot of exercise and room to run around, all while fertilizing our yard and garden, which is a win for us!

Instead of purchasing chicks, like most people, we decided that we weren’t going to be able to raise chicks as they need more attention. After lots of research, we found a great farm 30 minutes from our house that sold backyard coop ready chickens. Originally, we were planning to get 3 or 4 hens, but when we got to Sunrise Oak Farm and saw all of the different breeds for sale, we decided to get 5 instead, and I’m so glad that we did. As you’ll see below, we have a variety of egg color layers as well as the look, which I love because we can tell them apart as well as their eggs, so we know who lays what.

When we brought the hens home, 2 of them were 4 months old and 3 of them were 2 months old, meaning that we would still need to wait a couple of months to receive eggs (they begin laying around 6 months old). It was really hard to be patient and when we started to believe that we weren’t ever going to get any eggs, Jamie went down to the coop and found the most beautiful green egg. Ever since, we’ve been getting up to three eggs a day! We love making our way down to the coop every morning to check and see what they have left for us.

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Henrietta
Breed: Ameraucana
Egg Color: Easter Egg – shades of blue
Personality: Very skittish

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Red
Breed: Rhode Island Red
Egg Color: Light Brown
Personality: Friendly and easygoing

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The Twins, Hanky & Doodle
Breed: Cuckcoo Maran
Egg Color: Dark Brown
Personality: Friendly and followers

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Penny
Breed: Buff Orpington
Egg Color: Light Brown
Personality: Very friendly and super sweet

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Introducing Bokeh to the chickens was our biggest reservation. Will she like them? Will they get along? Will she kill them? When we first brought them home, she was very confused, and definitely wanted to hunt and eat them, but after lots of training, discipline and getting pecked a couple times, they are beginning to co-exist in the backyard! There have been multiple times just recently when they have started to get really close to each other and not be bothered, but it took a lot of time, training and patience to get there!

Chicken Coop Tour

December 7, 2016

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Welcome to our backyard chicken coop! It’s placed in the very back right corner of our backyard and has great tree covering to keep predators away (we hope!). With plenty of room to run around, a closed in room for sleeping, secure tin roof, and a nesting box, our chickens live in paradise! We constructed this chicken coop from scratch, using a lot of scrap supplies, and painted it to match our little yellow home. Click here to see the progression of building it!

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Building Our Chicken Coop

December 5, 2016

For my 25th birthday, I got a chicken coop. After a ton of research and work, 6 months later I finally got my completed chicken coop. First, I want to thank my AMAZING husband. He built this whole thing from scratch based on this plan that I found online. He spent his weekends and weekday evenings working so hard and solving problems to make this look just the way that I wanted. Along the way, we laughed, argued and learned a lot about building and working together. This year was a big year for accomplishments for us. We trained for and ran a half marathon together and we spent hundreds of hours working together to complete this chicken coop. It not only is a lovely home for our chickens, but a reminder that we can accomplish new things together.

Below you’ll see the progression (all iPhone pictures) of our project, from start to finish. We took tons of trips to Home Depot throughout our project, but the biggest “store” for us was the dumpster at the home that my parents are currently building. We took a lot of throw away wood and supplies out of the dumpster to use for our coop, which allowed us to save a lot of money. And because Jamie did most of the constructing and building, I asked him to share a couple take aways and pieces of advice:

1. Covering every inch of your coop with chicken wire is key, and it’s the most annoying task, but if it’s not done thoroughly, you could risk the chance of a nasty critter getting into your coop.
2. If you have an agro supply store close to you, it could be a really great resource. We spent a lot of time at AgroSupply.
3. Realize that it will take a lot of time, probably more time than you would ever expect and be willing to let go of your expectations.
4. Don’t take shortcuts in the structure or foundation construction. It might be easier in the beginning, but it could cause some major issues in the future.
5. Ask for help! You won’t be able to do it by yourself, especially when constructing the roof.

If you’re interested in adding a chicken coop to your backyard, let me know! I would love to answer any questions you might have along the way!

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Happy Birthday Robert Hayes Davis!

March 31, 2016

calliedavis-hayesbirth-1025 People have told me that being an Aunt is one of the best roles in life, but I had no idea just how great it was, until I got to hold my perfect nephew hours after he was born.

Welcome to the world, Robert Hayes Davis!
Born March 29, 2016 at 2:40pm
7lbs. 1.5oz

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My brother and sister in law decided to keep his name a secret from us. Although it was hard calling the baby “him” or “it” for almost 9 months, it was fun to anticipate the name that they had chosen. To make it even more fun, Clay sent out a list of 30 names and asked us to guess his full name from the names that he gave us.

My guess: Carter Robert(s) Davis
Jamie’s guess: Bryce Clay Davis
My Mother-in-law’s guess: Daniel Brooks Davis
My Father-in-law’s guess: Wesley Brooks Davis

Hayes, you are so dearly loved. Jamie and I can’t wait to spoil you and take you on countless adventures!

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2015 Christmas Cards

December 22, 2015

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Merry Christmas! This year, Jamie and I chose Minted‘s gold foil “More Joy” Christmas card design by Kaydi Bishop. I love the simplicity of this card, and the way that the gold foil gives it an upscale festive feel! Nancy Ray Photography got a great picture of us for our card! Bokeh is even smiling! Just like last year, we also included our 2015 Year in Review with all of the cards that we sent out, which recapped all the things that we did this year. We included updates for each of us, including Bokeh, our travels and some funny statistics.

What do you think of our finished card?

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