Musings about Chicks

I’ve had my chicks for only 24 hours now and already find them so interesting.  Nature is amazing to me, providing new and interesting every day.

Some of my chicks hatched Tuesday, some Wednesday and some Thursday.  They are mostly all acting the same, even though some are a bit older then others.  It’s amazing to me that with no mother to teach them how things work they already know.  They scratch the ground and peck at it for food.  They well regulate how hot or cold they are by moving toward or away from the heat lamp.  They drink, automatically like birds. 

I’m not sure why I find all this quite as amazing as I do.  The instinct on these little creatures is amazing to behold.  They hold such great interest and intelligence in their eyes that it just astonishes me. 

I’ve been around other peoples chickens before, seen how they act and interact, heard watching them called chicken tv.  I never exactly got it, but I truly do now.  Watching chickens be chickens is a lot of fun.   They run away if you make sudden movements, but come right back to inspect what you are doing.  They let me pick them up and magically bed down and fall asleep if you cover them in your hand.  They like to be scratched. 

I fully intend on making pets out of these guys, they are my future egg layers.  Even the roosters will find a productive place in life, some in the freezer and some breeding a future line of chicks.  I want them to have the best life possible, no matter what their future destiny. 

I already have plans for future plantings into the yard and garden beds and boxes for them.   I am hoping to improve the “grass” in my yard with great diversity so that these guys have plenty to eat while they free range.  I am hoping to grow several different kinds of crops to both supplement their foraging and store for winter. 

I have big plans for these tiny chicks.

-Fin

Chicks are coming!

I was supposed to get them today, however, as of this morning only seven out of the ten I ordered had hatched. Hopefully I will be able to pick them up tomorrow.

I’m getting Buckeye Chickens. They ate a dual purpose egg/meat bird. From what I’ve read they are very cold hardy so I shouldn’t have to worry to much about them this winter.

I’ve got my brooder all set up:

-Fin

Winter in the Garden

It hasn’t been super cold here this year. We’ve only had a couple days and many nights below freezing. It’s been enough to kill most of the veggies but some are still going, some limping along.

Kale and maybe some Kolrabi:

Garlic:

The cover crop is coming in nicely in places, not as well in others:

Fate took down the Christmas tree yesterday and I cut it up to make a support for some climbing things this summer:

I’m not sure what will be climbing it yet but it should provide a nice support for something.

I’ve started chopping up the rotted wood for my hugelkulture beds in the front yard. It’s slow going. Its hard work and I am convinced I lost a lot of muscle from being vegetarian for so long. Slowly but surely I will build it back up tho. I’ve got plenty of time.

I’ve been enjoying going through my seed catalogs this winter. I’ve am getting ready to put an order in very soon. It’s getting time to start seeds for the garden this year. I’m excited to see spring come and things start growing again.

– Fin