It’s been a week of game changers. We integrated the chicks (now 3 months old) with the rest of our flock. Things got a little sketchy at times, but overall it seems the big chickens and little chickens have made their peace. Today we both thought we heard our new Cuckoo Maran rooster attempt to squeak out his first “crow.”
We moved the baby ducks and turkeys (now 4 weeks old) out from their indoor brooders to brave the weather in pastured pens. The game changer for us- no more three times a day feedings and water changes, and we get our potting shed back! Thankfully we got a hot spell, with highs in the 90’s, and everyone seems to be doing just fine.
Thanks to said heat spell, preceded by 3 days of rain, our crops finally seem to be growing. The squash and fava beans are in full bloom (fruit to come soon!), I spotted the first flower on the sweet peas, we have radishes to harvest whenever we want, and the root crops are protruding from the ground. It’s about time.
We’ve transitioned from seed starting and planting, to maintaining our established plants. Every spare moment now is spent weeding (all the weeds go to our birds), trellising, mulching, feeding, and trapping squirrels, naturally.
What a difference a week makes! For the first time we are feeling encouraged and a harvest seems right around the corner. (We are currently searching for two small, local businesses (or homes) to use as drop off locations Thursday evenings.) We are projecting that the first CSA boxes will be ready June 6 so stay tuned!