January is a time for planning and getting organized for the coming year. We’ve been comparing varieties of plants, ordering seeds, planing garden space, preparing the greenhouses, and reading articles on the latest tips and techniques.
We’ve also been washing a lot of eggs! Our chickens must think it’s spring because they have been laying extra eggs lately. I think I’m going to make some cream puffs today to make good use of the surplus.
The picture is of a GIANT egg that one of our chickens laid this week!
A few days ago, four chickens roamed away from their coops. Many unsuccessful (and comical) attempts were made to coax them back to their home. Our 3 year old squealed with delight as we all tried to catch the escapees. We caught two and had to leave two to fend for themselves because they went into the bushes and it had gotten dark.
The next morning, we were surprised to find the gals had made it through the night unscathed and were perched high in a tree! They have both been returned to their homes, and I’m sure have some good stories to tell their sisters.
We had a fun and productive weekend at the farm. We moved both chicken coops (built on hayracks with wheels) over to the “Chicken Habitat”. It’s always an adventure to watch Dan use the tractor to maneuver the coops. The “Chicken Habitat” is a large fenced area with lots of greens and stumps for the gals to explore, while still allowing them a bit more protection from anything that might enjoy eating them… Since the coops are on wheels, we can relocate them anywhere on the farm to give them new places to roam.
The newest group is 12 weeks old. They’ve gone from adorable chicks through a gangly awkward phase (don’t we all…) and now look like small chickens. We tried to coax them outside yesterday, but most of them are still a bit unsure and choose to stay inside.
After a family cookout, we transplanted broccoli, cabbage, and cauliflower until we ran out of daylight.