Oak Apple Gall, More Baby Chicks, And Other Stuff

For the past several years we’ve noticed these little ping pong shaped balls in the yard and woods.


They start out more of a white with red speckles, and over time they get darker. I did a little googling on them and learned they are called “Oak Apple Galls” and they are actually contain a wasp larvae. I put it in a jar and hope to see it hatch.


And, speaking of insects, I captured a nice picture of a Hummingbird Moth last month.


It’s hard to believe it was once one of the huge Tomato Horn Worms I find munching on my vegetable plants!

This pretty girl stopped by this afternoon.


And, earlier today, Bernie found this adorable little bunny laying in the yard.


I brought the bunny inside and warmed him up, and then I laid him on a heating pad. I was sad when he died an hour or so later, but I hope I brought him a little comfort to see him out.

That made me sad. But finding itty bitty chicken eggs always makes me smile.


And, speaking of eggs, last night I checked under my latest broody for any extra eggs that the other hens may have left for her.


I found an extra egg under her, but I also found that one of hers was pipping.


She hatched out three of them overnight.


If the other two hatch, it will bring us to a total of 18 new peeps so far this year. We lost two to predators, and I know there are two little roos out there that we won’t be keeping. But I’m pleased to think we will go into the winter with more chickens than we started with.

And finally…….. Christmas Spoiler for anyone on my Christmas list………. I’ve been crocheting these neat water bottle cozies for the past week or so 🙂


These are a super fast and easy way to use up that extra yarn stash laying around!

We’re still canning garden vegetables, but that is slowing down a little. Finishing the outside canning kitchen is on hold for a couple of weeks as we prepare for Bernie’s family to visit.

We have had a productive and busy summer so far. I hope yours has been a good one, too!

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7 Responses to “Oak Apple Gall, More Baby Chicks, And Other Stuff”

  1. It sounds like a pretty happy day (except for the bunny, but those things happen). I wish I could find tiny eggs around here. I think mine are hiding them.

  2. life, death, adventure. Thank you for sharing it all.

  3. Charlotte says:

    I’m sorry about the little bunny. 🙁
    Glad to hear you have had 18 chicks hatch out so far.
    Can’t wait to hear what happens with the oak apple gall.
    Hope you all have a super great visit with B’s family.
    I always enjoy your great photos.
    Love y’all.

  4. Cheryl says:

    I found a baby bunny I thought I injured when I was chopped down weeds with a yoyo. I ran and got hubby. He told me I couldn’t leave it like that if it was hurt, but I sure wasn’t going to take care of that!! So I made him come out. He scooped up the baby bunny and it was fine, just scared, scared, scared. We had seen a mama bunny run off into the brush pile so he put the little baby down over there near cover.

    Love your canning kitchen! Way too cool. We are getting real close to being ready to put up the actual fencing around are posts and rails we’ve been installing to carve out a backyard for the pups. It will be so nice when that’s done!

  5. Julie says:

    Sweet pics and post! It looks like it’s cold/cool there!? The weather has been so confusing on everything here this year! My neighbor down the road told me yesterday that our bees are covering her apple tree for the third time this year! Very unusual! If it doesn’t frost first this will be a third harvest for her!

    Poor bunny, I wonder what happened?

  6. Carolyn says:

    I wonder if it was the end of the rabbit’s life due to attack or disease? It doesn’t look very big. I’m sure that in the Universal order of things, you’ve gained brownie points for helping it leave in a calm, peaceful way. Great news about the chicks though! I love the stripe on their faces! Fascinating about the oak apple gall! Let us know what it looks like as the larvae hatches.

  7. Bob Yoder says:

    Thank you so much for your eggs photos ! How white they are 🙂
    At home we have quails, and they also offered their first eggs this month.
    From Belgium, we wish you all the best with your happy animals, and would like to say thank you for the resources of your blog.

    Keep going,
    and have yourself a great Lent,


    PS : More photos on our blog to come.

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