What Do May Showers Bring? Mud. – Down on the (Sub)Urban Farm

You know the old saying, “April showers bring May flowers?” Well, we’ve had April showers AND May showers, and all they bring is mud, mud, and more mud. Especially nasty chicken-poo mud. The chicken enclosure has flooded so many times in the past few weeks. It’s disgusting.  Continue reading “What Do May Showers Bring? Mud. – Down on the (Sub)Urban Farm”

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Summer Shenanigans. Sort of.

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Um. So. Summer happened. I’m not quite sure how the last month passed as quickly as it did.

Floofers (baby chicks) are doing well. The good news – everyone is still alive! Even Seven, and I honestly can’t tell which one is Seven anymore.

They also moved OUTSIDE this week. Ahead of schedule, too, since they were fully feathered at 6 weeks, and some of their parents weren’t until 10 weeks. I don’t know why. Genetics, probably.  Continue reading “Summer Shenanigans. Sort of.”

What No One Tells You About Hatching Chicks – Down on the (Sub)Urban Farm

So we’ve had a project ‘brewing’ for a few weeks. At the beginning of June, I noticed that Henrietta (our hen that internally lays) was broody. It was a bit of a surprise, because she’s four years old, and she’s  a red sex-link (a hybrid breed) and they rarely go broody.

Looking back, I realized she’d probably been broody for quite some time before I noticed it. So in my enthusiasm, I shoved seven eggs under her and let her get to setting!  Continue reading “What No One Tells You About Hatching Chicks – Down on the (Sub)Urban Farm”