My wife and I, to celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary, took a 2 week vacation. We don’t normally take a full 2 weeks off, ever. But, we did. There were too many things to do before we left and some didn’t get done. The important one, of enlarging and securing the chicken run was priority #1. We didn’t know if any of our chicken sitters, (we had three sitters stopping by to check on our flock) would be brave enough to let them free-range for a bit. So having a larger run for them was important to us. Peter, our neighbor, did let them free-range a couple of times while it was his watch. Thanks Peter.
Son, David, split the days with Peter and doesn’t think he will need eggs for a while. Thanks Dave.
And my wife’s friend Robin stopped by as she could to bring them special treats. Thanks Robin.
We were gone for 15 days and didn’t have easy internet access. My wife had her phone, me, I’m a dinosaur, I need a keyboard and a large screen. So, I went cold-turkey for 2 weeks, no blogging and no e-mail. Actually we need to add 2 more days without internet service. While we were away, a large piece of an oak tree came down on our service wires. The electric company had repaired their wires but our Verizon service was still out. All is working again.
Two weeks away was almost too much for the both of us, we were ready to go home and see how our chickens were doing. They survived just fine. We did come back to FALL, the leaves have changed colors and are falling, the nights are getting colder and the days are getting shorter. The garden is winding down for the season and I have been letting the ladies and Jack into the gardens to do their fall clean-up.
They are happy chickens, the garden is full of earthworms, grubs and the soil is easy digging. They first stuff themselves on the worms and grubs before moving on to the salad. Carrot greens, kale and turnip greens are their favorites.
I played in my strawberry bed today. This bed is roughly 3′ by 12′ and divided into four 3′ by 3′ sections with a screened cover. Those of you who read this blog know that this setup hasn’t been very successful. I am still hopeful. The screen cover protects the plants from the deer and keeps the chipmunks away from the ripe berries, (should I ever get any). BUT, this cover also protects the grubs from birds, chickens, skunks and anything else that may eat them and they are thriving. So much so that they will eat all of the strawberry plants roots and the plant dies. Three of the sections are doing poorly so I removed the cover, pulled a few weeds and cultivated around the plants. The grubs were plentiful. The picture is of the grubs that I picked from just one of the sections and I know I didn’t get all of them.
I need to figure out how to let my chickens into the strawberry bed without them digging up the plants. Suggestions anyone??
I did a rough draft of this post in my backyard, sitting in a lawn chair, in front of my garden watching my helpers do their fall cleanup. A very pleasant way to spend an afternoon. Well, some of it.
It is good to be home and the chickens missed us. They put this sign up on their run.