Fall Fun?


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The days are finally cooling off a bit and it is back to being pleasurable working in the garden. It is so pleasing to see that the girls are finally getting back to business after 3 floods and a molt.

Todays Haul

It had gotten to where I was lucky to get 2 or 3 eggs a day and now I’m back up to averaging 7 or 8. Last week on craigslist I found a 10’x10′ chain link dog kennel for a very good price that only got better when I picked it up and found that it was brand new! Maybe tomorrow I will start on separating my Chicken Run into three sections. The plan is to have a central area with the Coop, Duck Pond, Feeders, and Waterers with a large foraging section on either side. What I am envisioning is the flock only having access to one flanking section at a time while the unoccupied section has some type of pasture recovering/growing in it.

Pumpkin Patch?

Will they eat it?

Today I started cleaning up the tangled mess of Pumpkin vines between the Orchard rows. In the Upper picture you can see that I found quite a few pumpkins that the girls are sure to like come winter. The Comfrey that I planted earlier in the year is doing quite well and I even found a Swiss Chard plant that I had forgotten still plugging along.

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3 thoughts on “Fall Fun?

  1. I tried feeding my chickens pumpkin leaves last year and they hated them. I think the tiny hairs on the leaves put them off. Are you going to give them the leaves or only the meat of the pumpkin?

  2. Max says:

    Mine didn’t go for the leaves and didn’t go berserk for the pumpkins like they do squash or watermelons. I read on another blog that they like them best if you let them ferment a couple months. I’m gonna hit the local produce managers after halloween and see if I can get some cheap to pile up in the barn for the winter.

  3. Your eggs are beautiful! What a great range of colors. My hens are still molting, and I’m at the dismal 2-3 eggs per day stage myself. You have given me hope that it may be over soon!

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