July 10, 2014 Farm News

A work in progress, our new chicken house. it has it's charm don't you think?

A work in progress, our new chicken house. it has it’s charm don’t you think?

Real late posting this week, my apologies, extra busy.   Some brief notes on what happened .  On Wednesday evening a week ago, Aerron did more work with the single row cultivator drawn by the horses.

These crates are how chickens are transported, ten to a crate, six crates in the back of Heather and Kevin's van.

These crates are how chickens are transported, ten to a crate, six crates in the back of Heather and Kevin’s van.

Thursday morning some of the grass in the middle of the laneway was clipped back. and grass along the sides in a couple of spots and I scythed more grass on our parking area and along the drive and put down some dirt and wood chips to make the bumps less bumpy.  Last pickup  day went well though quite busy for us.  We routinely under- pick before the start at 5 then get extra as the pile dwindles and then often end up with a bit left over.   Any left over makes our share.

These birds have probably not once in their 21 weeks set foot on grassy ground.

These birds have probably not once in their 21 weeks set foot on grassy ground.

The weather has been great for growing, lots of rain, plenty of warmth.  The downside is that the weeds are growing even better than the vegetables and pasture, and the hay is still not brought in yet.  Minor problems, much better than drying up.

They chose this well lit corner for conversing and doing dust baths.

They chose this well lit corner for conversing and doing dust baths.

On Monday we went to Elmira to get 60 pullets, 20+ weeks old, just starting to lay chickens.  These are the popular egg laying breed, ISA Browns, excellent layers of brown eggs.  As of first thing Wednesday morning they had given us 29 eggs.  Small sized, just above being Pee Wee sized.  They will gradually, over the next couple or three weeks, get up to Large and Extra Large size.   Nice looking light weight birds, very calm.  Aerron has been quite busy off and on the past week getting a house built for these hens.  They are housed there now though more work is being done to it and the fencing for their outside run may be ready by Friday.  The house is now quite open as you can see by the photos but the hens were well protected during the heavy rainfall yesterday.

Nice looking hen.  I asked her name but she clucked too softly so I dunno.

Nice looking hen. I asked her name but she clucked too softly so I dunno.

Gabriel, the chickens and the first few pullet eggs.

Gabriel, the chickens and the first few pullet eggs.

This week we will likely have the following;

  • Broad Beans
  • Snap peas (fat edible pods)
  • Snow peas (thin edible pods)
  • Green Onions
  • Purslane
  • Borage leaves
  • Turnips, small these are thinnings so what is left will get larger.
  • Red Kale leaves
  • Camomile, dry it for a tea, could also be added to cooking other veggies.
  • Spinach
  • Swiss Chard, unlike Spinach should usually be cooked though stems also good raw.
  • Cut leaf Lettuce
  • Head Lettuce, still has root so if stuck in water, in a glass say, will keep longer.

If you have any questions at any time on any of our veggies, e-mail I’ll give you some sort of answer.

 

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