On Saturday we purchased three new chicks.
Aren’t they adorbs?! We picked two Australorp hens and a blond rooster (center) who might be a Buff Orpington but we don’t know for sure. The hens were sexed and banded so we know, without a doubt, they are hens. We had to remove their bands Saturday night, and man, it just kills me to listen to their screaming as I poke the metal tag back through their wing. The rooster was not banded because we picked him from a straight run. So he might not even be a rooster. However,
we checked his feathers for pointedness ✓
and held him upside down to see if he would flail ✓
so all signs indicate that he is a rooster. 🙂
We also bought 5 lengths of pvc, some t-posts, and another roll of chicken wire to make a garden house.
We’re building a garden house for many reasons:
- to put the big chickens to work tilling the soil and eating June Beetle larvae of which we have already seen three adult specimens. (AND IT IS ONLY FEBRUARY!)
- to protect the plants from bunnies,
- to protect the plants from hail,
- and to protect the plants from the hottest summer sun (with a shade cloth).
All of this effort will hopefully stretch the planting season and let us humans enjoy the fruits of our labors. We hope…
I’m calling it a garden house because the structure is not insulated against the weather yet. We may decide to put up partial walls. Later we will cover it with contractor plastic. Which bothered my eco-minimalist sensibilities until I learned that plastic sheeting is as environmentally (un?)sound and lasts just as long as the pvc plastic panels in our area because of severe storms and hail damage we get every spring (and sometimes in the fall). 😦 It would be easy to enclose the garden house and we probably will – but we’re not there yet!
Either way – we’ll let you know how it turns out!