I'll start with the garden: We got all the raised beds cleared, planted, and where appropriate mulched. There are still two large plots to work up, but I should be able to get to them this week. We mulched with wheat straw this year and it seems to be fine so far. I'm told you can mulch with grass clippings, and since I treat at least part of my lawn more like pasture and let it get long before I mow, I have them available. I'd love hearing how well it works from anyone who has mulched with grass clippings.
We also got part of the stone terrace beds planted. The lowest level is an herb garden and the next one just to the left is a strawberry bed. I still have 4 for terraces to clear and plant, but it's coming along. We like this location because it puts the herbs (and yummy strawberries) right next to the house.
We are noticing there are a few birds that are always at the bottom, and some that are always toward the top. We've read that the order of birds on the roost from top to bottom is a pretty good indicator of the pecking order. We're starting to see, at least for the birds at the very top and very bottom, this is working out for us.
We're also teaching the chickens to come when called, at least when they believe it's in their best interest. Using bread as a 'teaching tool' it didn't take long for De to have them mobbing her, begging and jumping for the next morsel, and following her around the pen. We'd like them to get a bit bigger so they don't look like quite such a temptation to Abby the cat, but it seems a little bit of supervised free ranging could be in the plan for mid- to late- summer.
I've thrown in a picture of "Fred" our Golden Polish cockerel (our Golden Polish pullet is named "Wilma") just because he's a interesting looking bird. I've also thrown in a picture of our Golden Lace Wyandotte "Henry", or is it "Henrietta"? Can anyone help us out on that one? Our birds are all about 10 weeks old.
|Meet "Fred" the Golden Polish cockerel|
|Meet "Henry", or maybe "Henrietta". Can anyone help?|