Notes | 6.11.17

June 12, 2017

0611 chicken2Today’s egg tally was a whopping five!  (Three Ameraucana, one Buff Orpington and one Cuckoo Marans.)  I’m still waiting on the Ideal 236 pullet (a white egg), the Black Sex Link (a brown egg), the Rhode Island Red (another brown egg) and the two Silver Laced Wyandottes (also brown eggs).  I know that’s a lot of brown eggs to tell apart, one from the other, but there are variations to each chicken’s egg pigmentation and I hope I’ll be able to tell the differences one day.

I decided that I am going to retire those hanging buckets of food, and just put out a pan of food every morning.  Hopefully that will discourage the opossums and deer (of all things!) from coming in and helping themselves.

And I like the bucket waterer we’ve been using, but I’d really like to add a valve that automatically refills when the water gets below a certain level.  Something like this.

Lastly, I really need to plant the corn if I’m going to do it.  It’s supposed to be cloudy tomorrow, and maybe a little rainy, but the weather should be slowly improving after that.  So maybe tomorrow’s the day.


  • oldhouseintheshires

    June 12, 2017 at 7:07 am

    I’ve just found your site and it’s fab. (thanks for the follow, I’m following you back). I love what you’re doing. My hubbie and teens bought the old house just 18 months ago and like you, are renovating it (slowly!). In the meantime we are really enjoying sorting out the garden. It’s obviously on a much smaller scale that you but I’m enjoying looking at what you are growing! Our vegetable growing was a disaster last year so we have learnt so much for this year! I love that you have chickens. I am thinking about getting some but are unsure how the dog would react tbh! Also want to get bees but I need to go on a course I think first. Exciting stuff! Xxx enjoy your day.

  • Elizabeth

    June 12, 2017 at 2:32 pm

    We’re trying to figure out a good way to water the ducks in winter. Neither of us is too keen on slogging through a couple of feet of snow to get to their cabin.

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