Chciken update for October 2015

Chicken tractor in action

Chicken tractor in action

Chicken tractor functions good. Chickens do their job with excellency producing a new heap of compost every week. They learned to completely level 3 compost heaps inside the fence in 2 – 3 days. The compost they produce is good too. We are already harvesting first winter greens fertilized with chicken compost. Egg production fell down, not yet clear why. Most likely because of the seasonal molt, but also could be because I substitute some grains with bread. Chickens adore moistened pitas that I get from a local grocery store.

 

The silky hen dr. Squicky got broody the second time for this year. Again only one chick hatched. So I bought for her 6 more other chicks. Though this time it was less successful. The next day after I introduces new chicks the first frost came. Cold weather continued for 3 days. Three of new arrivals couldn’t survive the sharp change from a brooder to outdoors.  Poor Squicky continued to heat and protect them even dead.

Ameraucana chick dead from cold

Ameraucana chick dead from cold

Meat hens grow fast. And most likely should be ready soon.

A meat hen

A meat hen