A SURE SIGN THAT SPRING IS NOT FAR AWAY

A SURE SIGN THAT SPRING IS NOT FAR AWAY

THE GIRLS LOBBYING FOR A LITTLE “WALK AROUND TIME”.

Catherine and I still live in New England for a reason; we love the four seasons, some more than others.  The change from Winter to Spring is probably my favorite.  One of my favorite signs that Spring is almost here is when our chickens begin to lay eggs again after a long Winter.  The days in late February finally get long enough to trigger the egg laying gene.  The first eggs never fail to put a smile on my face.

All the best,

Greg Garnache

Chicken Chronicles –  Happy Hour at the Kale Bar

Chicken Chronicles – Happy Hour at the Kale Bar

Ever since they were five weeks old, our chickens have had a “thing” for kale.  As an experiment, I threw a couple kale leaves into their pen.  After a few test pecks, the “girls” devoured the kale.  This has become a daily ritual.  In fact, a friend of ours coined a new phrase;  “I’m on it, like chickens on kale”.  (Catherine Dyer)

This season, I came up with the idea of planting a couple of containers with kale and “Purple Peacock”, a broccoli/kale hybrid.  All I can say is that we have some happy chickens.

KALE BAR OPEN FOR BUSINESS

KALE BAR OPEN FOR BUSINESS

THE CHICKENS ENJOYING AN AFTERNOON SNACK AT THE KALE BAR

THE CHICKENS ENJOYING AN AFTERNOON SNACK AT THE KALE BAR

KALE BAR TERRORIZED BY CHICKENS

KALE BAR TERRORIZED BY CHICKENS

As you can see, it’s a good idea to have several containers of kale that you can rotate into service.  It takes a couple of weeks for the plants to recover, but they do recover.   Chickens do like a diverse menu.  They are especially drawn to members of the brassica family (cabbage, broccoli, kale).  Go ahead, spoil your chickens.

all the best,

Greg

THE CHICKEN CHRONICLES – A Visit from Mr. Woodchuck

THE CHICKEN CHRONICLES – A Visit from Mr. Woodchuck

Last Saturday afternoon, I was picking up tools after a long day in the garden when some odd new chicken noises caught my attention. I walked over to the grove of trees beside the workshop and saw all three of our chickens close together in an aggressive posture. Out of the corner of my eye I noticed a beige colored blob moving behind a tree. As I rounded the tree I saw a full sized adult woodchuck being pursued by the three chickens. It ducked into the compost bin.

The chickens continued their pursuit, indicating to Mr. Woodchuck that he was trespassing in their compost bin, “thank you very much”. The woodchuck did not appear to be interested in a confrontation with three lean, mean Buff Orpington chickens and retreated to parts unknown.

Three days later, there has been no sign of Mr. Woodchuck’s return to our property. Had I not seen it with my own eyes, I would not think it possible for chickens to scare off such a large creature. However, I have observed our chickens’ disdain of any and all rodents; an attitude with which I am in complete agreement. As always, I rewarded their valor with some “Party Mix” for chickens – their favorite – Cracked Corn and Mealy Worms.

OUR LEAN, MEAN, BUFFY ORPINGTON CHICKENS

OUR LEAN, MEAN, BUFF ORPINGTON CHICKENS

Reporting from the farm,
Greg Garnache