Spring is sloppily springing. The chickens are all over the place scratching in the treeline and the open garden beds, getting to all the good green stuff that they can find. I doubt that there are many bugs yet, but who knows? There are large birds flying about now, hawks, vultures, cranes, geese. The only ones we worry about are the hawks. A big Redtailed hawk took up a viewing spot in our treeline a few days ago, making everyone nervous. There wasn't a chicken to be seen. They've become very smart, seeming to know when a large bird is around before we do. If they are out when one flies over, it is amazing to see them freeze in place under a bush. The roosters scream a warning, and the ones in the open rush to cover, whatever it is. People often think chickens aren't very smart, but they have their own kind of smarts and social system, and it is fascinating to watch them in action.
|Chickens and a Wet Spring|
We made a trip to almost Minnesota on Sunday. (Hudson, WI, right on the banks of the river separating Wisconsin and Minnesota) The reason? We had the opportunity to puchase a group of adult Cotton Patch geese. Cotton Patch geese http://www.albc-usa.org/cpl/
The chickens continue to lay well, and I thank our loyal egg customers for their business. We’re looking forward to planting more trees and fruiting shrubs this spring, as well as trying a lot of interesting annual vegetables. We will most likely be at the farmer’s markets again, depending on whether or not I go back into library work again. Permaculture is a long term investment, and as 2 people well over the age of 50, it is a little harder to get the work physical work done. I guess that is why god invented Kubotas.
|Me and my Kubota|