Have you heard me talk about Kiwi before? If you follow us on Facebook or Instagram you know the she is our little Lowline Jersey cross. She's a tiny little thing- definitely a mini!
You guys I am loving our terraced pollinator garden! It still has a way to go but it has been so much fun and we are making a lot of progress.
Wow! I thought my son was playing some trick on me when he brought this worm in. I looked it over and as you can tell from the video and pictures, this is the real thing. It looks so strange moving about, curling itself around. Once we took some pictures and the video we let it go in the yard.
You all know that we invested in new, breeder quality chickens earlier this spring. We searched the country high and low for birds that were not only breeder quality but also that they have been raised and selected for egg and meat production and fed a non-GMO diet.
This picture was taken just hours after this little guy was born. Isn't he a cutie. We have Jacob sheep and Black Face sheep. Jacob sheep are said to originate from the sheep Jacob, in the bible, raised. You may remember the story where he got all the spotted and speckled sheep from his father in-law as his payment for shepherding his sheep (Genesis). Yes, That was one of the things that drew us to them but they also have a more mild flavor and their meat is more tender. A breed with all those qualities sounded like a great breed to us! We have truly loved them and are very happy with our decision.
That may sound contradictory, but really, chickens can do all kinds of work in the garden. They do love to eat almost anything green that you don't want them to eat and they will the first chance they get. They also like to scratch. Ugh? Can it be that they actually help in the garden in some way? Do you think chickens scratching in the garden sounds like a good idea to you?
As spring approaches so does egg season. Spring time is a time of egg abundance. All of our birds go into egg-laying mode eager to hatch a clutch of eggs. This process is set into motion by the longer days and warmer temps. Believe it or not but the ideal temperature for chickens to lay eggs is 55 degrees. In factory farms chickens are subjected to artificial light. Their length of "day" never changes. It may seem like that would be harmless but it actual is very hard on them and even shortens their life. God created them to slow down in the winter months to give their bodies a break. In the fall they molt (loose their feathers and grow in new ones) and this takes a lot of energy as well as all the egg laying they did for the previous six months. As the days get shorter in the fall, the egg laying process slows down. They may not lay at all when molting. At it's peak it is anywhere from a 40 -60% reduction. Then comes spring and production picks up again. They have recovered from molting and regained their energy stores and are ready to go for a new season.
Hello, I'm Jaci. I love wandering around in my gardens admiring God's creation. I'm passionate about whole foods and clean eating. I look forward to sharing my farming and homestead adventures and helping you reach your gardening goals! If you have any questions then don't be shy, I'd love to hear from you. Send me a message and I will be glad to help!