On the Farm
Sunday, July 27th

Posted by in Gardening, Harvest, On the Farm

This is Betty - or as I like to call her Betty Spaghetti - named after my grandmother - she has just as much spirit. No telling what she thinks that I named a cow after her - but its a good cow name

This is Betty – or as I like to call her Betty Spaghetti – named after my grandmother – she has just as much spirit. No telling what she thinks that I named a cow after her – but its a good cow name

Finished the chicken tractor today – as usual something that was only supposed to be used for non-laying hens turned into a larger project with nest boxes a fancy hinged door and some wheels attached to a board for movement. Took the wheels off of a chop saw stand that I never move. Of course now that I’ve removed the wheels I’ll want to move the thing tomorrow but its light enough.

Tractor is a a modified 'Salatin style' as its not for 'meat birds' specifically it has a drop in nest box and is more narrow ('5x12') and shorter and thus very light. 5' so that it is exactly the width of the garden beds. We prefer to let the chickens 'free range' during the day returning to a stationary coop at night but in the garden its better to confine them so that they only 'destroy' the intended plant material. For the time being this is a cheaper alternative to poultry netting as we had the material on hand.

Tractor is a a modified 'Salatin style' as its not for 'meat birds' specifically it has a drop in nest box and is more narrow ('5×12') and shorter and thus very light. 5' so that it is exactly the width of the garden beds. We prefer to let the chickens 'free range' during the day returning to a stationary coop at night but in the garden its better to confine them so that they only ‘destroy’ the intended plant material. For the time being this is a cheaper alternative to poultry netting as we had the material on hand.

After we wrapped up the chicken tractor we moved it over the first of 4 watermelon beds that we picked clean yesterday. These beds are essentially ‘at rest’ for now so we’ll leave the chickens there for a day or 2 and then move them to the next beds over the next week or so. As you may be able to tell from the picture just about everything around here is walking around with its mouth hanging open from the heat. Goats, cows, dogs, chickens and babies. After dinner I went out to do a few ‘bee things’ and looked at the thermostat and it still read 98° in the shade.

Speaking of ‘bee things’ I went to check in on a nuc I had made about 5-6 weeks ago in the hopes of finding a queen. I checked last week and saw eggs but was unable to find her – I typically don’t have a hard time finding queens particularly with only 5 frames – anyway I found her tonight so thats a nuc off and running.

Also turned over and mulched what was a squash bed in the spring for tomatoes in the fall.

This concludes a weekend ‘on the farm’ I’ll be enjoying my ‘days off’ during the week doing my day job – in the air conditioning 🙂

Harvest

4 Eggs – Production way down likely from heat and age.
1 New Queen