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November 2016

The Not so Secret Life of Chickens

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Fresh pastured eggs. That’s what I have to keep reminding myself, when I find a chook in the house…again! As cute as they can be, I get pretty tired of chooks letting themselves in the house just about every time a child leaves the door open! Especially chooks that have eaten way too many fallen mulberries…enough said!

Pictured is Aaliyah’s hen, Lightning. She’s decided that Micah’s clothes drawer is a great secluded place to lay her daily egg. We try to prevent this, but on more than one occasion have found her, egg already laid, in his drawer!

Lightning also thinks it’s cool to rest in my still-need-to-plant box!

And then there’s the light sussex rooster, who I don’t think we’ve named. He came to us because his owners found him a little too effective, if you know what I mean. Anyway, testosterone is running high at Birdsong, and this rooster has decided to prove his manliness, he needs to fight with our ram. I’m only sorry I haven’t caught it on video yet, because it’s hilarious watching this little rooster and our ram charging at each other for no apparent reason! Right before impact, the rooster jumps up over the rams head and avoids the collision.

But here I am making it sound like all we do here is watch the chickens…no, we also have the occasional snake to deal with.

Yes, Micah is holding an eastern brown snake.

Yes, it’s dead.

No, we didn’t kill it. There I was watering the garden one morning and noticed an up-side-down snake under one of the trees. After Rick’s examination of it,he decided it must have been run over and then thrown in our yard. I can’t imagine why someone would get out of their car to chuck a dead snake in our front yard, but who knows?

On the market gardening side of things, Rick has been preparing a crop plan and rotation plan. It’s a big deal. The better organised he is at the start, the smoother the growing season will go. This crop plan will tell him what will be planted where and for how long. Which plants go in each bed next, and it also makes sure we’re not planting crops that have adverse affects on each other too close to each other.

Today Rick was excited to get the cold room process (for harvested crops) started. He’s been reviewing the options and keeping an eye out for something suitable for a long time. And now today he found someone selling cold room panels (because they’d bought the wrong colour, so were clearing them out) and has got that organised.

Not much has happened with the garden this week however, as Rick’s had some engineering work in between everything else. Though with waking so early, I’ve had the chance to keep chipping away at our bee/insect attracting garden and pond area. Every week a few new plants go in and green up that little patch of earth. And that’s this week at Birdsong!