Lots of planting getting done now. The weather, though a bit cool at nights sometimes is now providing us with lots of warmth and a good amount of rain to get things growing. Everything is perhaps three weeks behind in the growing season. Things that are flowering now would have flowered 3 weeks earlier in an average season.
Yesterday we made a trip to Performance Poultry near Trenton to get some Chicks and ducklings. Five of the chicks are three weeks and a few days old and the rest were hatched out 6 days ago. We have some Welsummer, Barnevelder, and Silkie chickens and Buff, Khaki Campbell, Cayuga and Runner ducks. The first two chickens have a very dark eggs (sometimes) though the lay rate is somewhat low and the Silkies are excellent setters as well as cute little friendly birds. All of these duck breeds are excellent layers and we could expect probably 200 eggs per bird per year, minimum, with the hopes of over 250 per year for each duck. The chickens and ducks will not start to lay eggs though until at least 21 weeks of age which means somewhere around the middle of October before we start to get any eggs. Lots of eggs then will be available for over winter but for the summer we will have to rely on the flock that we have now plus some more chickens that we will get at a ready to lay stage of about 18 weeks of age.