Barney(s), Comfrey, and Mullberry’s


My Barney hatching went off OK I guess. A 25% hatch rate ain’t great but at least I got 4 cute little Barnevelder chicks in the brooder. WOW that sucks! I just went in to take a picture of my 4 Barney’s and noticed that two of them are having leg issues. 😦 Karen and I just put hobbles on them but I don’t have very big expectations, I tried this once before and all it did was delay the inevitable.

You can see the one in the foreground that is rocked back on his bum, him and the one behind him are the two having issues. They were fine yesterday, I wonder if I am doing something wrong during incubation? Karen thinks maybe the flock they came from is inbred? If you have any ideas let me know!

Tomorrow I am going to plant my two Mulberry trees, one positioned on the west end of my orchard to provide shade from our brutal afternoon sun. The other I am going to plant just on the outside of the Chicken run so that eventually its canopy will overhang the run to provide some shade and drop fruit into the run. Both trees need a little trimming so I bought some rooting hormone and am going to try propagating a couple new trees. While I’m at it I am going to cut a stalk from my Timber Bamboo and try potting up several cuttings to see if I can get the start of a windbreak going.

The 4 comfrey plants are going to be planted in my orchard, two at the head of the lanes between the first two rows. I think I am going to put the last two at the bottom of the center two lanes where the ground dips a bit causing the area to be a little moister than the rest. I’m not quite sure on that though, the idea of putting in a fourth 4’x4′ raised bed keeps popping back up in my head so we’ll see.

Lastly I am struggling with an egg eater(s), I have isolated the likely culprits but my egg production hasn’t gone back up. Before putting them in quarantine I would find 4 or 5 broken eggs a day now I’m not finding any broken eggs or shell remnants but am only finding 1 or 2 eggs daily.

If you have any advice I could sure use it on any of these issues.

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4 thoughts on “Barney(s), Comfrey, and Mullberry’s

  1. putneyfarm says:

    No advice, but hope things turn around…

    • Max says:

      The two chicks, Barney #2 & 3, are doin ok. Karen took the hobbles off yesterday’s cause she said he couldn’t stand to watch them floppin around and we need to get it through our heads that with livestock “what will be will be”.

      • putneyfarm says:

        A rancher friend once told us “if you got livestock, you got deadstock”. Not fun, but part of the deal. Glad two chicks made it.

        We really enjoy your blog. Thx for sharing.

  2. autumnhike says:

    I’m not positive but (I grew up on a farm with lots of chickens) and I recall something about that if they eat the eggs that they need a certain mineral that they egg shells contain. Don’t quote me this though, haven’t farmed in18 years now already.

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