LIFE ON THE FARM-CHICKENS-PEACHES

22 09 2014

HELLO

Fall is being ushered in with windy weather.  It’s not a cold wind, it’s the kind that clears the air.  Trees are starting to turn and the morning glories are getting fewer and smaller.

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If you look close the Chestnuts on my son’s tree are almost ready to fall.

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  The smell of wood smoke waifs through the air as people scurry like squirrels to get ready for the rough  winter we are suppose to have,  

CHICKENS

My wonderful chickens never cease to amaze me.  The inside coop is moulting, even poor Murphy is looking a little disheveled these days.

ONLY ONE TAIL FEATHER LEFT

ONLY ONE TAIL FEATHER LEFT

Morticia in the outside coop has decided to build a nest and have a few more babies.

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There are two eggs in there now and I will let her lay two more and that will be it.  These chicks will be bantams which is what I want to have as a flock in the future.  They are smaller take up less space and eat less.  Yes the eggs are smaller but the yolk is almost as big as a normal egg.   Either Samantha or Rosie are laying now its been a little over 5 months since Samantha was hatched.

tHE SMALL EGG IS PROBABLY THE FIRST ONE LAID AND IS THE SIZE OF A QUARTER

tHE SMALL EGG IS PROBABLY THE FIRST ONE LAID AND IS THE SIZE OF A QUARTER

Both of them are of laying age its hard to know which one is laying and the two larger eggs seem like different colors so they both may be laying.  They should lay through the winter which will be good as the others won’t lay again until December or so and there probably won’t be more than an egg day because of the short days.

PEACHES

The peach tree is heavy with fruit, I will be picking them even though they are not quite ripe.  They had a little insect damage and I need to see if there is something I can do next year organically.

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Many thanks for reading my blog  and I hope you enjoy the day.

Carole


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22 09 2014
Anne Wilson

It takes a lot out of a chicken when she moults and replaces her feathers, you can give them a boost with a cheap tin of sardines in oil a couple of times a week, they are high in protein, and apple cider vinegar in their water for a week, 20ml per litre, gives them a good all round boost, don’t get the refined one from health food shops you need the one that is sold for animals, horses in particular, as it contains all the natural yeasts.

22 09 2014
wspines

Anne,
They do get apple cider vinegar but a kind I buy at the health food store. I will be sure to buy the horse kind when I go to the grain store next, I was going to buy mealy wrm but the sardines will be much cheaper.
Do you believe the old wives tale that and egg that is pointy is a rooster and a rounded one is a hen?
All you good advice has been invaluable to me Thanks so much. Hope you are having good weather in Ireland. Carole

27 09 2014
Vickie

Carol, I’d love to hear what you decide to do about the peach tree. Ours had some kind o a fungus, and the peaches were not as tasty as last year. Its a young tree and we’ve never sprayed it.

28 09 2014
wspines

Hi Vicki
SOunds like we have the same deal I will do some research and let you know. I found that you can pick these peaches when they are rip they normally fall off the tree before that. SO whatever is doing this to them is making them weak too I will get to the bottom of this and keep you informed. I missed you on Saturday, so much to do around here. Hope to see you soon.

29 09 2014
wspines

I will let you know what I have discovered.

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