Sunday, July 7, 2019

Garden Challenges

The garden is coming along ok these days.  We have officially hit summer and the heat is definitely on!  Gone are the spoiled days of mild weather with rain just when we needed it.  I've only had to water once until now.  Looking at the temps over the next 10 days it looks like the heat is only going to get worse.  Not only are the temps high (90s and higher) but the humidity is astronomical so our "feel like" temps are pushing 100 degrees and higher.  Gonna be needing to do some watering for sure!

Corn, cantaloupe, dill, and cucumbers

I also have had some sort of blight or fungus on my tomato plants so that has not been fun.  I'm trying an organic method that involves hydrogen peroxide and baking soda.  I will let you know how that turns out.  I'm hopeful and have applied 3 rounds of the hydrogen peroxide so far and will follow up with baking soda treatment tomorrow.

Cucumbers growing on back chicken yard fence

The cucumbers are taking off like crazy and doing quite well.  The strawberries are starting to regenerate too so hopefully we will have a really good crop again next year.  My rhubarb transplants are also taking off well so there should be some nice crops of rhubarb in our future!

As in the past, the corn did not germinate well and only ONE of the bean plants germinated!  I will still need to try to replant those.  Hopefully, I'll remember to update on those too. The weeds took over again and we are still working on getting caught back up on that.  

How is your garden growing?  Hope you are enjoying your summer.  May you be blessed.

Sunday, June 30, 2019

The Three Amigos Take 2

More new life on the farm.  One of my Easter Egger hens that kept going broody last year went broody again this year.  She lost both hatches last year so I deemed her an unfit mother (I suspected her to be the cause of death of her chicks).  She was on the cull list but never got culled.  She was adamantly going broody again this year so I decided to give her another go.  I let her sit on 3 eggs.  She hatched them and is being a great momma.  I am so happy I gave her another chance.  There is just no telling what happened last year.  Maybe she is just older and wiser now.  At any rate, she is doing a great job.  One of the eggs even got cracked (by me!) about a week before hatch day and it hatched just fine.

Lesson to learn.  Do not give up.  Grace rules and second chances are not overrated.  I am excited that we had a 100% hatch rate on this batch.  We have had too many chick losses this year so I hope this last batch continues well.  The first 4 chicks are doing well.  They are growing and feathering in.  I think we have 3 cockerels and 1 pullet, but hoping we have at least 2 and 2.

3 of the 4 first hatch babies (2 are enjoying the sun!)

A heat wave just hit us so keeping everyone cool is going to be challenging.  I'm grateful for some insulated coolers that I have to help keep the water cooler longer.  I need to get a few more and definitely need to get my water misters installed around the runs.  Hope you are enjoying your summer.  Many blessings!

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Puddle Ducks

The ducks are growing! They are still only about 9 weeks old!  We have had a LOT of rain again lately and there is a LOT of mud!  Rosie, the female Pekin evidently had a blast playing in the mud.  She patiently waited (or maybe not so patiently) for me to bring her some clean water to bathe in.  Their water was mucked up pretty bad.  I change it about 2-3 times a day to try to keep it fresh for them.

They currently have a big bucket and a shallow dish to play in. Yes, it makes things muddier, but they enjoy it so much.  I love watching them play in and bathe in the water.  They are quite entertaining.

Dabbling Ducks need water to wash their food down.  They also need water to clean out their nares (nostrils) and wash their eyes out.  If they can submerge their head past their eyes, they are good.  I really don't need the shallow dish for them, the bucket is all they need to stay clean and healthy, but I enjoy watching them be so happy in the water.

Rosie is so noisy and lets me know how unhappy she is in the morning when I take to long to let her and Rowdy out.  Oh yeah, forgot that update!  Allie is now Rowdy.  I'm still pretty sure he's a boy.  Although he is still not molting out any male feathers yet.  Hmmm.  I'll give it a few weeks and see.  
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