Chicken Math

Chicken Math is the idea that, since you can never tell if you’ve hatched a hen or a roo, you raise some extra chicks to ensure you have enough girls for your flock!

When we got our chicks from our friend, we originally wanted two or three- but we were explained chicken Math and encouraged to get four – figuring we would get 1 rooster.


If you’ve ever raised baby chicks in the city… then you know the sinking feeling you get when you first hear a little immature crow come from your babies! πŸ” especially when it’s a chorus of crows!!

Well- finding a home for a rooster is no easy thing… finding a home for two roosters is even more difficult! (Most places won’t allow roosters because the crowing is considered a nuisance.)

Thankfully – my sister in NE has a friend who said she would take the two roosters… and we offered to give one of my sister’s newly born barncats a home!

Sounds like a fair trade to us!


So- the roosters were loaded into a cat crate and took a road trip with my parents!

They found a new home in NE… a place where they can crow all they want!!

For the return trip, my parents brought back the most adorable 6 week old kitten… Tiger 🐯!

We LOVE our new kitten!!!

He’s even attended a swim meet in the pet stroller wearing a harness and leash!

I personally think we got the best end of the deal!! πŸ˜‰


But our rooster saga doesn’t end there… one early Saturday morning, I heard… another dreaded crow… and saw that it was Shadow making the ruckus!

I put shadow on Craigslist and on a backyard chicken FB page… I pleaded for someone to give him and home… and finally found a taker… over an hour away in the country… and you better believe I happily made the drive to drop him off!

The lady sent me a picture of a very happy Shadow in his new home! πŸ˜πŸ”πŸ‘

I breathed a large sigh of relief! No more roosters! I got two replacement hens- who get along well with Sunny- the last of the original chicks!

And we will live happily… ever… wait- what do I hear? A faint “cock-a-doodle-do”?!?

No joke- I heard a crow the other night… I didn’t see one of my chickens do it- I merely heard it…


Bird banding and forestryΒ 

Last week was seriously a busy week of teacher education through The Missouri Department of Conversation! 

On Monday, I – along with several other homeschool mothers, attended a workshop on how to teach the MDC’s science curriculum – Discover Nature Schools

I attended the workshop for grades 3-5 with the intent to teach these grades during our weekly coop classes!

Anyone can order the curriculum through MDC for free, and if your a teacher at a “real” school and attended the workshop, you qualify for a grant so you can have the science supplies needed… unfortunately homeschool coops aren’t “real” schools so despite our 8 teachers in attendance – none of us can apply for the grant πŸ˜ͺ hopefully someday we will be seen as “real” educators, teaching “real” students!

Anyway- the workshop was great!  We appreciate the free curriculum and I look forward to teaching it this next year!!


The real fun was on Thursday!! 

The World Bird Sanctuary was banding birds at Powder Valley  and we got to see and hear how it was done! 

There were four different birds caught in the net and banded.

I got to release the first bird- a Eurasian Sparrow!

It was difficult for my friend to get a good picture- the bird flew off quickly… the picture does show just how geeky I am and how excited I was to hold and release the sparrow!

Later that day- a master forester came and taught us about trees and forest management.

We learned how to identify trees… there are certain characteristics to look for like 

  • Compound or simple leaf
  • Alternate or opposite branches
  • Leaf shape
  • Bark design and color

We also learned how to survey a land – count and measure trees and take a core sample of the tree to determine age!

I asked a million questions, learned a ton of information and am just so excited about nature! I love becoming a wild family and I can’t wait to teach everything I learned to my children… and others 😍

Fishing 🎣 

We took a community fishing class today! And we were all successful!! 😁 🐟 





I even caught a small fish. I held it tightly while someone helped me remove the hook!! I was quite brave… but I may have squealed each time it wiggled in my hand!!  πŸ˜³πŸ˜†

I’m a BAI – Basic Archery Instructor 🏹 

I went to archery training through the NASP- National Archery in the Schools.

The class was from 8:30 in the morning and ended at 5:00- after some performance evaluations and a written test!

I have left eye dominance so I had to use a left handed bow.  It was awkward at first – my aim was off and I shot a hole through their plastic banner! I guess I’ll be remembered forever LOL!

I improved, never hit the bullseye but got close enough! I learned how to run a range and teach a class of students how to properly and safely use the equipment!

I can’t wait to start a homeschool archery club 🏹 with my certificate!

Unfortunately, even though I took the class and passed, I don’t qualify for the grant because I don’t teach at a “real” school. Teachers from an established school (public or private) can get the grant and use it for an after school club, but not homeschoolers- even if they are part of an established co-op. The MDC did say we could borrow equipment until we get funding- which will be difficult but not impossible since I can try to get other grants through different organizations!

Rescuing Fredrick the hummingbird!Β 

Andre came running into the house telling me I needed to see something… quick!

I was hesitant because I thought he was going to show me a dangerous stunt off the swing set… so I was quite surprised when he added- “there’s a hurt hummingbird on the ground!”

Andre named him Fredrick – he knew he was a boy from his bright red chest.

I called The Wild Bird Rehabilitation center and explained that the hummingbird looked good but was unable to fly. She told us to bring him in – which we did promptly!

I couldn’t resist a hummingbird selfie- because I’m sure I’ll never hold another one again!

The lady at the bird hospital told us that male hummingbirds are very territorial and will injure each other often!

Fredrick was given an ID number where we can check on him in a few weeks- hopefully it will say that he has flown off happy and healthy!

Reusing essential oil bottles for a natural first aid kit

I was sitting by the pool when a wasp flew over to me and stung me on the arm! 


I quickly left my friends in charge of my children so I could drive home to get an oil for the sting!

I applied my comfrey oil that I had infused, and got immediate pain relief!

I applied it a few more times throughout the afternoon, and within two hours, there was no pain or swelling- I was healed!!

I knew I needed a way to carry my comfrey oil with me all the time!

1. I washed some empty essential oil bottles in vinegar – the sticky labels came right off!

2. Then I added baking soda to help remove some of the scent… it kinda worked…

3. I used a funnel and spooned the comfrey oil into the small bottle…

The bottle will fit nicely into my fanny pack and I don’t need to worry about it spilling!!

My hope is that as I make more infused oils with the herbs from my garden, I can fill the empty essential oil bottles and create a full first aid kit! 

I want to be ready for when accidents and stings happen!!

Using my pressed flowers

I used the flowers I dried in the flower press I made!

I’m creating another book- similar to the Wild Family Book of Potions and Brews.

This new book is called Mind Body Spirit and it will hold information about how we benefit from plants!

The Daisy and Four-Leafed Clover turned out so nice! 

You can see the glue I used on the pansie 😦

The back of the book will hold dried (laminated) plant/flowers to be used as identification!

Now, as I read and learn about plants, I can write it down and keep the information close at hand!

This tiny sunflower 🌻 (volunteer from the bird feeder) will be the next flower I dry!!

Elderberry flower cordialΒ 

We went on a lovely bike ride today!

As were biking along a beautiful path, we were all overcome with the sweet sweet aroma of the elderberry flower!

I foraged a bundle of flowers and enjoyed their scent the rest of the bike ride!

As soon as we got home, I headed straight to the kitchen with my elderberry flowers!

Elderberry Flower Cordial

This is a sweet syrup which can be added to drinks or put on pancakes!

1. I had to pull a million little flowers off of the stems (the stems are toxic)

2. I mixed together 6 cups of boiling water and 4 cups of sugar (it’s no wonder this is sweet)

3. I poured the sugar water over the flowers

4. I then covered the bowl and will leave it alone for 2 days…

5. In 2 days I will taste it and tell you how delicious it is!!! πŸ˜‹

🌺 🐝 🌺 🐝 🌺🐝🌺🐝🌺🐝🌺🐝

Elderberry Flower infused Honey!!

1. I pulled off the remaining tiny flowers (about 1/3 cup)

2. I located our honey… 5 almost empty bottles with crystallized honey 🍯 

3. I heated the honey containers in a pot with water…

which made the honey pour out easily onto the flowers!

Again… I have to wait!

4. In 1 week, I will strain the flowers, taste the honey and tell you how delicious it is!! πŸ˜‹

Fusion Fun: reusing plastics bags

Simone and I went to the library for a Mommy/daughter date this evening!

We took a class called Fusion Fun- it involved melting used plastic bags together to create a new reusable bag!

The organizer had saved a bunch of used plastic bags and even some party tableclothes.

We cut out different pictures that we liked and arranged them on a double layered squared.

Then they were melted together with a low heat iron (with a silicone mat to prevent the plastic from sticking to the iron).

Duct tape holds the bottom and sides together. A couple hole punches and string create a snazzy handle! 

Simone finished her bag just in time to go to her brother’s late night baseball game! 

I even got to make a bag! 😊

The boys are super jealous!! They can hardly wait to make their own bag… now to start collecting used plastic bags!!

My medicine cabinet

We went to an estate sale on Saturday and picked up a beautiful buffet for only $35!

I had originally wanted a buffet to store my vintage pyrex in… but then I realized I really needed a place to store my herbal salves and essential oils.

I cleaned up my ever changing sunporch and we put the new medicinecabinet in it!

Other side of the room

Now to make more natural remedies!

*Any ideas for what to use to make cute labels?

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