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About Me: I am the creative person behind Ribbonwood Cottage. A mother, wife and grandmother. My goal in life is to leave a lasting legacy to my family that life is incredible. God gave us this one life and it is worth the journey! A believer. A pianist, church music and worship director. Focused on intentionally living the best life possible.

February 25, 2009

Tablescape Thursday


Welcome to Tablescape Thursday. See Susan's blog for more wonderful inspiration @http://betweennapsontheporch.blogspot.com/ ....I was reading about French country decor for the dining room....and they said roosters are at the top of the list, a little rod iron...deep reds and golds....

So I pulled out the rooster, the eggs (where's the hen? she did all the work) a couple of rod iron candlesticks....and this wonderful material with roosters on it...it came from Joann's fabrics here in Calif.
We actually live on a small egg ranch with real chickens out in the barn...they love to run around and peck each other! Pecking order? The chickens started all that drama...there is definitely a pecking order with chickens and most animals.
My husband actually enjoys collecting chickens for me....the real kind! We order 100 baby chicks at a time and they are mailed in a box to the post office where we go and pick them up. The baby chicks are ok in the box for about 24 hours...the box has holes in it and a little straw material for them to scratch around. They received nutrients from the egg shell that makes them survive for this period of time until they eat. There is not much height in the box so they can't move around too much which keeps them safe. When they arrive we put them in a little fenced in area inside our little chick barn with a brooder. The brooder keeps them warm, and they start pecking immediately. We set out the cutest little bird feeders and waterers...they peck at the water! They are cute and then immediately start growing into large hens...most of them. There are always a few rooster in the bunch...and boy do they make a lot of noise. Within 4 months they start laying eggs.

I found the tea/coffee set at a thrift store...I love these colors.

Chicken trivia: hens lay an egg a day and do not need a rooster to lay the egg....they need the rooster to lay a "FERTILIZED EGG"....chickens can lay eggs for years but usually a hen only lays eggs 3-4 years-which is called their productive cycle.
One last thing...white eggs and brown eggs are the same...except brown eggs usually have a thicker shell, sometimes a darker yolk...and my mama swears brown are better!
Thanks so much for coming by!
Blessings,
Debbie
"Give away...and you will become richer...hold on to everything and always want more..."
Proverbs 11:24

32 comments:

Everydaythings said...

oh debbie another tablescape wonder!!!! where do YOU get those wonderful tablecloths????

Tammy ~ Country Girl at Home ~ said...

Debbie,

Thanks for the info on chickens. We're thinking of building a small coop and getting some. I can't believe I talked my hubby into it, but I think I have!

You have another wonderful tablescape! I love all those hens and roosters!

Tammy

Simple Home said...

Debbie,
Great lesson on the difference between chickens and hens. City girls don't know that. Well, I guess I'm a suburb girl, but close enough.

I have the same candlesticks and I would never have thought to use them quite so cleverly, you're very talented in all you do. I made a valentine decoration out of an oatmeal box thanks to your blog!
Thank you,
Marcia

Simply Debbie said...

DEAR DEBBIE,
I AGREE WITH WINTERWOOD...I LOVE THE TABLECLOTH AND I NEED A ROUND ONE...I HAVE A SOFT SPOT FOR CHICKENS, EGGS AND ROOSTERS.......
WHAT HAPPENS TO THE HEN AT HER RETIREMENT...WHEN SHE CAN'T PRODUCE ANYMORE......
WONDERFUL JOB
HUGS
debbie

Anonymous said...

Hi Debbie! Oh, what a precious table you've set! I'm loving all of your little roosters and chicks. The fabric is perfect!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

The Old Parsonage said...

You have the cutest tables. I only have one Rooster, its a cookie jar. But he has a place of honor in our kitchen.

Something Nice and Pretty said...

I always stop by to see your tablescapes:) they are always so pretty.
Thanks for the imfo on chickens and peeps...didn't know that!
Rondell

Scallywags Scribbles said...

Love the chicken/rooster theme, have them all over my home. I am busy working on an apliqued rooster at the moment, think it will end up as a farmer's market shopping bag.
Your table setting are always so interesting.

Mimi Sue said...

Love your tablescape the tablecloth is so cute. Mimi

B said...

Hi, Debbie
Thanks for stopping by B'z Place. I love your tablescape for today. I am in love with the French Country look, and I used to also collect chickens. My inlaws used to also "collect" real chickens and raised them in the backyard of their home. The city fathers didn't much like it, but my inlaws and their chickens were there way before the city was incorporated.
Where in So. Cal. do you live? I'm in north Orange County, near Disneyland and Knott's Berry Farm.
I hope you'll stop in at B'zPlace again. I will definately be back at Ribbonwood Cottage.
Have a great week!
:=) Brenda

Victorian Garden Gourmet said...

Love your tablecloth! Those are just my colors. I almost chose a rooster theme this week too, as I have some great country French cereal bowls. You've inspired me.

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

I love that fabric! And your rooster and eggs are wonderful. I also learned a lot from this post. laurie

Cynthia's Cottage Design said...

HI Debbie,

Oh my word!!! Your table is stunning!! I adore every detail!!! you did a marvlous job sweetie! What time is lunch? I'll be right there :)

I love the info on the chickens and hens!! I just popped into Jills blog ( hickory hollow )and she did a special on chicks too, she's building a house for them! You both have me GREEN with envy!! I'd love to have some, but I don't think I have room and my neighbors would kill me too :)

Great post! Hugs, Cynthia

Diana LaMarre said...

Hi Debbie,
What a fun table. Love the fabric from JoAnne's. What would we do without that store?

I am another chicken lover. I enjoyed your chicken trivia, too.

Fifi Flowers said...

Love your tablescape... the rooster motfi is FAB! Thank you for visiting me with such kind words. Maybe we will meet one day... you never know!
ENJOY your day!
Fifi

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME said...

I was about 30 years old before I knew about the hens having eggs without the rooster! And, I agree with your mom, brown eggs are better. It is all we buy now!

Kathy's Red Door Welcome said...

Pretty cute! I've started a small collection of chicks for my daughter as she has the real kind in her backyard and the eggs are delicious. Your setting is perfect.

Manuela@A Cultivated Nest said...

Such a cute tablescape! I want chickens but haven't quite been able to talk my family into it.

Manuela

ellen b. said...

I love the tablecover! Those are great colors to compliment the Roosters. I like it all...

KBeau said...

What a wonderful life you must have, chickens and all. I'll always remember the chickens running around my grandmother's yard.

Kathleen said...

That is so cute! So nice and cozy, just love it!
Great colorful table...

Susan @ A Southern Daydreamer said...

Running late this week visiting blogs....again...and I think I will sit and enjoy your table for a little while...very cozy!
Hope you had a great Tablescape Thursday
Susan

Linda Q said...

Very fun table this week. Got to love the roosters and chickens!!
Linda Q

Chandy said...

I love your table! The hens are so cool!

Carolyn of What Now? Tablescapes

xinex said...

Nice country tablescape. Love the roosters and chickens.

Theresa @ Take A Sentimental Journey said...

Hi Debbie, love your chicken table ! Love your blog, I will be back !

Ldy ~~ Dy said...

Hi...loved your chicken/french theme! Roosters are one of my favorite decor!

Belinda said...

Ooohhh...your table DOES look very French country...so pretty! And I enjoyed my chicken lesson today...its all horses, ALL the time here in our neck of the woods, so chickens are a change for me! Great tablescape! :-)

Linda - Behind My Red Door said...

Around here there is a commercial with a catchy tune that says 'brown eggs are local eggs and local eggs are fresh!'. Is that true?

Another sweet tabelescape!!

hugs, Linda

Elaine said...

That is just about the cutest fabroc I've seen....I'm gonna be checking out JoAnn's Fabric for it. Your whole tablescape is just so much fun. And I loved your "chicken facts" !
Elaine :)

Anonymous said...

Hi Debbie,
I LOVE your chicken theme! So perfect for your mountain farm! Do you really set your table like this every day! I am sure looking forward to the day I can have my own chickens, too! PS - I have the pink roses tablecloth in one of your pictures! I just love it!

Lady Katherine said...

I love the roosters, the wire basket of eggs. I use to order chicks, but can't find my catlog! Your table is great, love the red dishes and the gold!