Saturday, February 28, 2009

Mark holding Biscuit

Biscuit's the smallest hen that we have right now but she will probably be the biggest one day!

Monday, February 23, 2009

Name Frontrunners and Problems Posting Comments

Hey guys!
Some people have mentioned on my facebook page that they were having problems posting a comment here. If you have been having a problem, you can also go to my facebook and post your name pick there. 
Here's the link:

So far the names that are standing out for us are PotPie, Dolly, and Biscuits. (2 from Beth and 1 from Eugene). So you if want a breakfast of eggs served to you in bed while staying in a French Castle, you'd better get busy!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Name that Chicken and win a prize!

Ok guys we need your help,
We ordered our first 2 chickens today and we will be ordering 2 more later on this week for a total of 4. We were originally going to get 3 but after all of our research we wanted more!

Anyway, I know that we already asked you to help us name them but we forgot to mention at the time that we were only getting girls so we thought we'd throw it out there one more time before our ladies arrive. They arrive on Feb 26 by the way and they will be 6 weeks old. The ones that we ordered today were both Sussex hens and one is white with a black neck and the other is all black (we have yet to settle on what the other breeds will be). The picture above is of a white Sussex so you get an idea of what it looks like. 

Mark and I have decided that since we are getting 4 chickens, he will name one,I will name one, my grandmother will name one and we will let you guys-yes you- name the other one. Please add any girl names that you can think of as a comment to this post. There is no limit on how many names you can suggest.
If we pick your chicken name we will make you breakfast in bed (eggs of course) when you come to visit us here in France!
The deadline for name suggestions is Feb 25, so start thinking now!

Sunday, February 15, 2009

French Speaking Chickens

     So, it has been awhile since we last posted.  Our days lately have been determined by weather.  The three factors are rain, cold, and sun.  If it's raining we usually go to the market.  If it's cold we go outside as little as possible and if the sun is out we try to get everything done we can outside.  
We have been keeping ourselves busy lately. Our biggest project right now is the construction of the chicken coop... No wait, learning french.  We have an English chap who comes to the chateau once a week to give us french lessons.  He is very eccentric with a lot of ailments due to the fact that he is in the wrong place at the wrong time.  Derek, our instructor, walks with a cane because last week he was confronted by a car when he drove his scooter to quickly around a turn and ended up in a ditch.  We also have to coordinate his arrival so he doesn't come through the front gate when our two dogs Coco and Sienna are running about the castle grounds.  You see Derek had a run in with his drug and gun peddling neighbor's Rottweiler a couple months back and goes into a bit of a tense stiffening state when he hears a dog bark.  Outside of his quirks, which we find fascinating, Barbara and I like him.  
Our other project these days, when the weather permits us, is the chicken coop.  We have the frame completed and we are hoping to order our new family members on Tuesday.   We found out that at the local farmers co-op  you can order a specific age and breed of chicken in a catalog and receive them in 3-5 days... Brilliant.  We are hoping to be the proud parents of three, maybe four beautiful eleven week old hens.  That will bring our animal count up to Ten, but who's counting?