Monthly Archives: June 2013

Chicken update

I am the one who lets the chickens out, normally it’s by 7 every morning, but it is Sunday, it’s a little rainy and I didn’t get out there till after 8:30. As I was walking out I heard a weird noise from the coop. Not a cock-a-doodle-doo, but something different than the normal chicken noises. I was worried cause part of the netting had been knocked down, maybe it was something trying to get at the chickens, or maybe just a branch blew down.

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When I opened the pop door all 6 chickens came out, thankfully. Later when it is a little less wet I will go out and make sure everything is good inside the coop. We did some work on the coop yesterday. Got to tell you, working on an unused coop is much more enjoyable than working on a used one. We are using an edger tool to scrape the droppings off the exposed 2x4s. It’s not terrible. Since it has no floor most goes right into the ground.

We aren’t sure what we will do with the rooster or two that we have. I like how they are the first two out out of the coop in the morning and the last two in at the end of the day. They have stand offs every now and again, puffing up their neck feathers and running at each other, staring contests trying to determine who is the dominate one. Like this hen, but this one is just doing it for the camera.

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They are fun to watch, when they eat, every minute or so one will do this scratch thing, then the others will do it. I guess it’s like yawning for chickens it’s contagious.

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Tomatoes

Again a plant I bought at the farmers market is already setting tomatoes.

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And remember those tomatoes that we thought were dead in the water? Well look who is still in the game. They might not produce any fruit but I am just happy I won’t always have the dead spot in the middle of the garden.

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Cucumbers and peppers

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The cucumbers and peppers I bought from the farmer’s market have started flowering.

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The seeds I started are also growing. With the heat this week, I am hoping to see more flowers!

And yes there are bugs on everything. I need to to make mosquito catchers, so if you have any empty 2 liters and are local save them for me.

Recycling in the garden

With the wind storm a couple weeks ago, I thought it would be wasteful to go buy sticks for the bean poles. I like the look of it. I can’t wait for the beans to grow up and look even cooler.

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CORN!

THIS IS THE ORIGINAL CORN! POST WRITTEN ON TUESDAY

I do wish I could do a backwards K so it would show up in google searches…but this is what the corn is doing.

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This is the sweet corn, the gourdseed corn didn’t do as well, but you never know for certain what you are gonna get.

THIS IS A PICTURE AFTER YESTERDAY STORM

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Flowers and butterflies

When you buy a house in the winter you don’t know what bloom in the spring/summer. We have this bush outside the side door. It started blooming this last week. And the butterflies love it.

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Electric fence

After the chickens got out Friday Boomer decided we needed to electrify the fence. Not sure if it’s gonna keep the hens in but at least it is worth a try.

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Solar box, hooked to the ground and the fence.

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This is the clue that it is energized. It’s a few extra seconds to turn off, disconnect ground, disconnect these to break the circuit.

We have all touched it while wearing sneakers, and it’s not a TERRIBLE shock, worse than static electricity, but not by much. It pulses, so it’s just a quick snap. No one wants to “try it out” without the rubber soled shoes.

Grass is not greener with chickens

I am so glad we decided on movable coop. The spot on the grass where the chickens were for three days straight still hasn’t come back.

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You can still see where they were but the more they are out the less mark they make in the footprint of the coop.

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They are enjoying being out, eating bugs and chasing each other around. The did escape this weekend so we put some power on the fence.