Monthly Archives: January 2013

Week 4

Isaac with feathered friends

Grace and company

Week 4

Changed our waterer and feeder due to need for more volume.   The chicks are looking like gangly adolescents with a mixture of down and new feathers coming in.   They receive child visitors on a daily basis and tolerate petting and holding without a cheep (in most cases).  Our rooster has made himself visible by growing a unique comb and his larger size.  He is also the only white chicken.  A sweet little girl named him Maria and I’m afraid the name stuck!  Second 50# bag of grain consumed in just 10 days.  Yikes!  We need to start growing food.

Week 3

These little balls of down have chugged down 50 pounds of grain in 3 weeks!!  They are also interested in the sow bugs we collect for them everyday.  The first couple of times most of the chicks just watched the bugs crawl out of the container and make a get away- but a couple of brave birds started snacking.  We are working on increasing our bug collecting skills and have a new BSF (black soldier fly) collection container ready to go thanks to Kate.  This would be a free and healthy source of protein for the chickens.  They also need a source of carbs and greens.  I have been collecting and drying sweet potato leaves, comfrey and moringa leaves.  We also planted a few dozen kabocha pumpkin plants as a carb source.  Our plan on the farm is to do some experimental plantings with several hardy grains such as quinoa and amaranth which will serve as chicken food.

Week 2

Week 2

Noticed a couple of chicks acting itchy.   We suspected lice and sprinkled DE (diatomaceous earth) in dusty areas where they bathed.  Never noticed anymore itching.  Repeated the DE 3 days later to insure success.  DE is fossilized remains of a type of hard shelled alga and has a myriad of uses. The chick with an eye issue was healed after 2 doses of the egg yolk oil recipe made from Korean Natural Farming literature.