Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Garden Progress and New Chickens
Last night a friend of ours brought us 9 new chickens, 7 are layers and 2 are roosters. They raised them from day olds as a homeschool project. They are several months old and very well socialized. In fact, they tend to follow us around outside like puppies would. They spent their first night here last night in a rabbit hutch. Today we let them out to free range with the rest of our poultry. They did very good and stayed right close to the rest of the birds. The seven of them tended to stay together as a small group. They are cute to watch. They should start laying in about 6-8 weeks.
The girls and I spent most of the day outside today working in the garden. I was surprised when the tiller started up, after sitting in the barn all winter. We got the first 4 rows in the garden, which are made up of broccoli, green cabbage, purple cabbage, egg plant, and 24 pepper plants of various types. Tomorrow we have more onions, potatoes, horseradish, and the tomatoes to get in the ground, as well as a few yellow squash, and zucchini. Then we will finish out the garden with seed--pumpkin, watermelon, several types of beans, okra, radish and sweet corn. The girls were a big help in the garden, but the chickens and ducks also helped. They love to scratch in the garden and eat the grubs which try to eat the plants, so it is a win-win for the chickens and the gardener.
We have about everything to plant except for cauliflower and celery. I could not find them anywhere.