Chickens Arrive in Winter Quarters

After the last harvest on November 16th we saw that cold weather was coming.  One of Ken’s late fall tasks is to move the hens into the garden for the winter.        This year he has two groups of hens, and they seem happier in their respective coops, so he moved both portable coops to the garden.  He also moved a portable structure I call teh hog hilton into the garden for the …

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Harvest Newsletter

Greetings from the Garden!  This week’s CSA box has tomatoes, potatoes, peppers, onions or leeks, garlic, salad and braising greens, sweet potatoes, squash, and herbs.     Field notes.  This unusually warm weather has enabled Ken to catch up on some outdoor tasks – chimney cleaning, opening up spots in the field for green manures, etc.  We took a morning off – together ! – to pick up some grain for the animals.  It was …

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Ken’s Progress on the new mini portable coop

Ken made a large coop on wheels for our laying hens. Since chickens like to scratch, a stationary coop usually means the area all around the coop gets scratched to bare ground and there is too much concentration of manure.  A portable coop allows the farmer to provide birds with fresh pasture and the safety of an enclosed predator proof coop at night.     Ken’s “egg mobile has worked so well he could use …

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Hens – New Location

Ken provides sequential pasture for animals here.  That means he moves hens and pigs as needed so they get fresh areas to scratch (chickens) or root up ( pigs) Here is the new location for the “egg mobile” that has hens and turkeys in it

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Moving Day

Well actually two.  Thursday after midday meal Ken was ready to move the pigs, so we did!  They had dug up their area and gladly moved to the next.        Ken chose a woodsy location so they can stay cool in the summer heat.     The geese range through the former pig area – they are gleaning any stray grain along with the wild birds   The next morning before letting the …

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