|That’s our poor little broody hen with no feathers on her head|
We finally have a broody hen. And of course it had to be our lowest-on-the-totem-pole hen. Sheesh. It means we’re going to have to rig the barn in a way to separate her from everyone else. It looks like we’re probably going to keep her in the food storage area and then fence off that corner of the livestock yard. I’d hate to see a goat-trampled chick.
I really prefer going the broody hen route when raising chicks. First off, it saves us a TON of time dealing with chicks. It helps us with our energy bill too as we don’t have to run a heat lamp 24/7 for a couple of weeks. It also helps introduce the new chicks to the rest of the flock because mom will help protect them. Bonus is that we won’t get attached to them.
It also means that the Wyandottes’ time are coming to an end. As you can see from my little broody hen, the Wyandottes have given her quite a haircut. Trust me, she’s not the only one that they’ve decided to give haircuts to.
I decided after Wednesday’s post that I’d add a few photos of what our squash volunteers are up to.We are getting our just desserts after our lack luster squash harvest (of only 1 small squash) last year.
|That is just one single squash plant.|
|Squash and Sunflowers|
|This plant popped up with the peas|
What else are we up to? Saturday afternoon we’re getting our first breeding pair of Californian Rabbits. Tom’s been working furiously on the new rabbit hutch, which he randomly started last weekend on a whim. So far it’s looking pretty good. It’s still missing part of it’s sidewalls, roof and the mesh on some of the doors.