This week has been very busy—not that that is so unusual. Most every week IS busy, but some just seem busier than others. Now as I get to the end of the week, I find myself VERY tired and wanting to just doze off for a bit of a nap. There are still a few things that I need to get done before sundown tonight, but right now, I’m providing “support” while DD takes her Physics test. This means I provide absolutely no help, but work on an unrelated project while she works on her test. So in the interest of using my time wisely, I am taking advantage of this block of time to write a post and provide people with more pictures that have been taken.
First of all, DS and I found out this morning that we will be able to integrate the new chicks into the regular flock now. They have their feathers and pretty much all of their “down” is gone. During a trip to the local D&B Supply to pick up Starter & Grow Feed for the chicks, we talked to our favorite worker there. She has graciously answered so many of our questions regarding the care of our chickens. Today, she was checking customers out and asked how our chicks were doing. I was pleased to report that they were doing well and getting quite large. She indicated that if they had their feathers, we could probably mix them in with the regular hens by waiting until after all had gone to sleep and then placing the new chicks in the coop. Then she quickly turned to DS and said with a grin, “It will make your chicken chores less.”
I was anxious to ask a couple of questions regarding feed as our older hens are laying eggs and eating layer feed, and I didn’t want to mess up production. Thankfully, as usual, she had an answer. The two feeds can be mixed equally and it won’t mess with either group. The mixture will keep the hens laying eggs steadily and the chicks will keep growing, but not totally thinking about laying eggs. And our rooster should be fine, too. We are also having warmer days, particularly this weekend, so DS chose Sunday night to make this change. This will work good as the regular feed will be down in the feeder and we can add the baby feed and mix the two together easier in the main feeder in the coop. It will also give us a few more days to handle the babies which is working out well.
So now for some pictures and a bit more to tell:
The Golden Sex Links definitely enjoy being picked up and briefly petted before they are put in and out of the brooder box. They now stay around our feet, particularly DS’s when he lifts each one out to spend the day scratching in the dirt. The Astralorps are a bit more independent, but aren’t running as fast to get away. DS is so gentle with all of them and it is so much fun to watch him.
We can definitely see a difference between the Golden Sex Link (GSL) chicks and the “Golden Sex Link chicks” that turned out to be Buff (BO) from last year. The real GSLs are a cinnamon and cream color with the male being solid cream/white. The BOs were always the golden yellow. The GSLs are very friendly, though we don’t plan on making pets of them. The rooster has received his name from DD, though. He is Pollo Blanco. 🙂 When she told us this name and DS confirmed that would be okay, we were all quite amused.
The garden is 1/3 planted. I still need to make sure that the rest of the onions from the garage are planted so that we can have our own seeds to start onions from next year. It is certainly worth a try. I can’t wait until we are able to plant the rest of the garden. There’s corn, beets, okra, green beans, tomatoes, broccoli, cabbage, pumpkins, and more to get in the ground either via starter plants or seeds. Yes, I will be canning and freezing lots this year. DD and DS are hoping there will be less freezing of squash, both yellow and zucchini, however as they are not fond of squash casseroles. They prefer to eat it fried, fresh in salad, or shredded into cake. We had a great crop of it last year, so we’ve had lots of casseroles this past winter as it was plentiful, good, and inexpensive. I have to admit I’m tired of it as well. I’m hoping to put lots of other things up this year.