Monday, May 31, 2010

New Additions

Well we learned a valuable lesson at school. Not everything works the way you hope it will. Not a single chick hatched :-( Luckily we had a back up plan and ordered 4 Barred Rock pullets from Snow Hill Farm. We picked them up last monday and they are doing great. I will add pictures soon.

In addition to that the new laying hen that our neighbor gave us, Cinderella has finally integrated with the flock and is doing great. Last night she roosted on the main pole with the others for the first time. And I have to admit it was an awesome sight to see. It was touch and go for a while and I had to step in quite a bit to make sure she was getting food and water each day. Now that the pecking order has been established they all seem content to live alone. Should treats arrive though, there is still no doubt that she will be made aware of her place in line.

Tonight we are going to make another attempt to hatch our own eggs. We turned the incubator on 4 days ago and the temperature is finally consistent for the past 40 or so hours. Holding steady at 95.5 so we are ready to set the eggs. Keeping the incubator at home will give us a much greater chance at success.

Our garden is growing gangbusters. We've harvested spinach and lettuce a few times and tonight we'll harvest our first crop of sugar snap peas.

Live on the farm is thriving....

Happy Farming Everyone!!

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