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Digging up Grubs
[caption id="attachment_2728" align="alignnone" width="2448"] Enter Grubs dug from the overwintered veggie garden[/caption]
Preparing the street beds for spring planting I first pulled the winter plants (kale, cilantro), hoed the weedlets, and mixed in complete organic fertilizer (COF). During this process, I unearthed nearly 40 large grubs of varying designs.
Happy happy day for the hens.
Is there a professional or amateur entomologist out there who can help me identify these guys? What do they become? Continue reading
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From Broody Box to Broody Breaker!
Queen Sheba is broody. We were surprised because our previous Australorp never went broody. But there she sits – protecting the nest box with the most eggs as if they were her own and as if they would hatch. *Sigh* But … Continue reading
Posted in animal behaviour, broody hen, chicken behaviour, chickens, DIY Tagged breaking a broody hen, broody box, broody breaker, broody hens 4 Comments
Witch, cock, dwarf, luck, wind, fart
What do these words all have in common? Hold those bizarre interpretations – I’ll just tell you. They all have been used to describe a rare, tiny egg laid with little or no yolk. Instead, wind eggs contain albumin (the … Continue reading
Feeding them Fodder, Slipping them Sprouts
I have been feeding our chickens sprouted grains now for a few weeks. They are definitely a hit, but it’s not quite what I was expecting. I bought two 50# bags of grain: one barley, one oats. The barley sprouts … Continue reading
Posted in chickens, starting seeds Tagged barley, chicken fodder, chicken sprouts, sprouted grains, sprouting grains 1 Comment