Winter greens

Winter on the farm 2

On New Year eve winter at last came to Montreal. I am not sure about people, but chickens are happy for sure!

Chickens meet me on the snow

Chickens meet me on the snow

The old tempo tent holds well and gives enough protection for chickens to spend all day outdoors.

Tempo tent serves well as a chicken run and a storage for compost

Tempo tent serves well as a chicken run and a storage for compost

 

Farby managed to hatch a chick! And I added her 3 more so the first one would’t be bored. Farby sat on eggs in total for at least 31 days!

Farby hatched a chick in January

Farby hatched a chick in January

There is less danger of predators in the greenhouse so I  simply turned the broody cage on the side to let Farby and here chicks wander around. Other chickens greeted them.

Farby and chicks can roam free in the greenhouse

Farby and chicks can roam free in the greenhouse

 

To protect winter greens from frost (and from chickens) we covered them with a layer of plastic. This seems to work well so far.

Winter greens under double cover

Winter greens under double cover

Winter on the farm

Late start of the previous 2015 year winter gave us a chance to finish all planned preparations.

Mobile chicken coop parked for winter. I added a tempo tent as a chicken run and compost cover.

Mobile chicken coop parked for winter. I added a tempo tent as a chicken run and compost cover.

We moved the mobile coop to the main farm,  attached its water heater to electricity, added a tempo tent for chicken run, prepared the greenhouse and planted winter greens.

Attempting to store seed potatoes in woodchips

Attempting to store seed potatoes in woodchips

I even had time to set an experiment to store potatoes, recycled from the grocery store. I dug them into a pile of wood chips.

Though, wet and warm winter start was  not good for chickens. I lost many of them to deceases. Most likely because of stale water under the coop and around it.

chickens dead from decease because of wet and warm winter

chickens dead from decease because of wet and warm winter

In spite of all problems chickens continued to lay eggs. The egg productions drastically dropped, but never stopped entirely. Even in the shortest day we had some eggs.

Eggs laid on shortest day of the year

Eggs laid on shortest day of the year

The funniest of all was a hen called Farby. She decided to get broody, probably to cover the losses. I was routinely taking her eggs, but she sat on new eggs each day. Finally, on December 23rd I got 6 straw bales as a present. I took this as a sign to let the nature prevail. So Farby got her private quarters with straw the same day. By this time she was sitting on different eggs for at least 10 days.

dr. Squicky on eggs second time in the same year

dr. Squicky on eggs second time in the same year

 

 

 

Short report for the year 2014