"Y-Y-Yes!" Miss Prissy
"Well, you're going about it the wrong way, sister. You don't bat 'em on the bean with a rolling pin. That comes later." Foghorn Leghorn
from Lovelorn Leghorn 1951
- JUST BLOOMED TODAY
- GARDEN UPDATE
- MORE CHICK STUFF
- GARDEN GIGGLE
- GARDEN GAMES
Lovely weather today but still a bit nippy in the mornings and early afternoons.
Bought some lovely geraniums, white with a red ribbon running thru them, along with some johnny-jump-ups and some pony packs of alyssum. Love the little sweet faces of the johnny-jump-ups.
The apples are starting to form and the apricot tree is in full sweet-smelling bloom. Life is good.
MORE CHICK STUFF
Yesterday we started our chicken school on all things chicken. We chatted about baby chicks and types of feeders, and touched a bit on types of feed for chicks. One thing I didn't mention is that once the chicks are old enough to be in the coop by themselves (usually by the time they have lost their baby fur and grown a bit with feathers), you will be switching them to adult chicken feed. There is lay feed, which is designed for chickens who will be laying eggs. There is also quick-gro feed, designed mainly for chickens who will need to be fattened up before slaughter. Since we do not eat our pets, we will be concentrating on the laying chickens.
Lay feed comes in different forms, such as scratch, which people toss on the ground and the chickens "scratch" at it to eat it; It has the consistency of corn meal. Then there is lay kracketts which we prefer. Lay Kracketts are like a freeze-dried form of feed, and they come in tiny clumps that look like grape-nuts cereal. We prefer this because there is way less mess, as the feed is put into feeders and the chickens don't toss it around and waste. The lay kracketts also act like grit, which helps the chickens move food down their gullet, or throat. We also feed a supplementary oyster shell grit which helps them not only by breaking up food in their throats but also with the minerals they need. It is made to simply be sprinkled on their food or in their feeders.
Chickens also love your kitchen food extras, such as fruit peels, bottom of the bag potato chips, cereal, or windfall fruit. They especially LOVE bread. We have a cute painted bucket on our kitchen counter that is the 'chicken bucket'. We simply took a new, sterilized plastic bucket with handle, spray painted it with FUSION (because I wanted it red to match my kitchen). FUSION is a spray paint that will adhere to plastic. It fuses with the surface to become permanent. Then I attached a cute ceramic chicken hanger and used an old pot lid. Finished it off with some contact paper in black and white check.
Tomorrow we will get into the different kinds of chickens you can choose and also some innovative chicken coops from around the globe.