6/20/16 – 6/27/16 | Headlines of the week:
- A varmit(s) kills two chickens
- Rain kills two chickens
- I save two more chickens from impending death!!!
- Trying my first new potatoes
- Making a Youtube video about moving the chicken shelter
Lots happened this week! Monday morning, after the chickens had been in the shelter for 3 nights, I found one dead bird outside the shelter with its insides strewn around and a leg ripped off, and another dead bird in the shelter with a missing leg. I’ll spare you pictures… anyway, I’ve read that raccoons that will pull birds out under the shelter or through the chicken wire (which is why I took these precautions, but they still weren’t enough!), and they will typically just take what they will eat. Possums kill just out of spite, it seems, and rip the birds open, like mine. But possums don’t necessarily have the grip to be able to pull a bird under the shelter. So! I don’t know if I had a possum or a coon attack.
Fast forward four nights, and you’d be in the middle of a huge rainstorm that dumped 2.9 inches on us in a few hours. Chickens aren’t smart, especially when they’re sleepy… and my chickens have a habit of sleeping in their trough feeder. So after that rain I was greeted with two dead chickens in their feeder – they’d either drowned or gotten too cold and died as a result. Two other chickens were soaked and nearly dead, with super low body temperatures.
I brought them into the garage, set them on a heating pad and under a heat lamp, and tried to give them some warm milk (which they didn’t swallow at first). Then I waited.
First they started breathing more regularly, and then they would sit up and swallow water when I dipped their beaks in. After they drank, they ate. And after four hours they were acting like normal chickens again!
Now for some happier news! I’m experimenting with growing potatoes this year, and I dug around a few of my plants and pulled out some treasure!
Also this week I’ve been harvesting and drying herbs to (Lord willing!) sell at the market next year.
And then I made a Youtube video about my morning chicken chores and/or moving the chicken shelter! It was super fun to make, but you’ll have to excuse the fact that I didn’t talk, except a word or two to the chickens. Enjoy the sounds of nature. 😉
Then I made hay! Or rather, my dad cut it and I raked, transported, and spread it on my garden as mulch. Mama helped too, which was awesome.
Side note: I’ve gotta get my own pickup truck soon…
I got almost the entire garden mulched with a thick layer of hay! By the end I was (just a bit…) worn out, filthy (sweat + dust + bits of hay), and happy.
Make it a wonderful week, friends! Think about where your food came from. Did it come from a farmer who cares about its quality and about you? Or has it never touched a farmer’s hand?